Match reaction- Dai Young post Leinster
Dai Young was in an understandably buoyant mood after he watched his side win 51-10 against Leinster.
The period after half time was key and Wasps' director of rugby was very happy with the way Wasps came out after the break: "It was nip and tuck until halftime, but I thought the first 20 minutes of the second half we really grabbed hold of the game and got ourselves well in front of them."
"We saw enough in the first half to give us lots of confidence. We needed to keep playing, we needed to respect the ball, get ourselves some field position, and if if we held onto the ball, we knew we should be able to come away with something. We felt we had the measure. We kept the momentum going and once we got one or two scores in front, you could really see the confidence and the belief growing amongst our squad.
"I’m absolutely thrilled. It was a fantastic win for us as a squad and as a club. It's a huge achievement to get out of this group because there certainly weren't many backing us when the draw was made.
"I’m really proud of the players, I think we thoroughly deserve it. We’ve lost two games very narrowly - at home here to Bath in the 82nd minute and out in France to Toulon in the 81st minute, so I thought we thoroughly deserved to come out of this group."
There were many star performers, but with all eyes on the upcoming 6 Nations, Young was asked specifically about two of his England players, Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly: "I thought Joe Launchbury was outstanding. He not only carried really strongly and broke the gain line, but he did a lot of work around the ruck area, caused them problems, slowed their ball down, made lots of tackles, so it was a really influential game from Joe.
"Elliot struggled with a tight hamstring last week, and if he’s got a bad hamstring, I don’t mind having two of them really! "Everyone can see Elliot’s talent, everyone knows what he can do going forward. Questions marks were raised over his defence but I think he’s answered those over the last few seasons. He’s worked really hard on his physicality and he’s making the right decisions. We all know what he can do and we all know he’s a gain-line breaker, but he makes the right decisions as well. He does the simple things well and there’s not many players that can do what he does if he gets an opportunity.
"I was really pleased for them but I can't stress enough that it was a great team performance. Days like today aren't about individuals, it is about the collective performance and I am proud of every player out there today.
"I'd also like to say a big thank you to our Wasps fans today. They were incredible from start to finish. Getting off the coach to that Wasps welcome was something special and something the players will remember for a long time. It gives the squad such a boost seeing what it means to people, who they are also playing for and how much our fans are behind us. During the game they were so vocal and you could sense how everyone knew just what was at stake for the club today - a European quarter final. So thank you to everyone who turned out."
Now attention turns back to the Premiership, where Wasps will hope to transfer their European form: "The focus now is quite simple - we’ve enjoyed Europe and we’ve probably played our best stuff in Europe, but it took us 10 months to get there and we’ve got to win that right again. That’s why we’ll be switching straight back into the Aviva Premiership now, where we lie sixth in the table, but it’s so tight in the Premiership. A couple of losses and you’re going to be looking over your shoulder, a couple of wins is going to cement yourself in there, so as much as we can enjoy today, we need to make sure that we’re there again next season, so the hard work starts again on Monday. But I want the boys to enjoy today and this evening. They deserve it."