Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Saints

Following the defeat by Northampton Saints, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young was asked about the turning point in the game eight minutes before the break - the red card which reduced Wasps to 14 men.

“First and foremost I hope George is alright,” he said. “I know Nathan has gone looking for him to make sure he’s okay. It’s never nice to see a player having to go off the field.

“In terms of the incident, for me it wasn’t a red card. There was nothing intentional in there, he's not that type of person. When you slow everything down with replays it’s always going to look a little bit worse in slo-mo, and once the crowd gets on the referee’s back, there’s only one decision going to be made.

“We’re disappointed because we didn’t feel it was a red and as you said, it put us under a lot of pressure when before that we were in the lead.”

Asked about the character and commitment shown by the Wasps squad during the second half, a man down, he said: “I was really proud of the players tonight. I thought they gave everything and I couldn’t ask any more from them. They showed a lot of guts, determination and some real quality as well. They did a great job and it would have been good if we could have come away with something.

“We were a little bit aggrieved by one or two decisions tonight, in last 10 minutes as well as before half time. Even if you look at Saint’s first try, the kicking tee was on so it shouldn’t have been allowed – simple as that. You have to take the kick at goal. 

“But they’re a quality team, you can’t switch off at any occasion and you saw that tonight. Give them a sniff and they’ll always come back and do a job on you.

“The scoreline was a little bit unkind to us in the end. Some days things go for you, sometimes they don’t. That’s rugby, but it felt a little cruel not to have come away with a point tonight.”