Match Reaction: Dai post Falcons

Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to the bonus point win against Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena. 

After watching a scrappy affair for much of the game, Young was happy his side managed to find a way to win, even though they didn't play as well as they would have liked.

"The scoreline flattered us a little bit if I am totally honest with you. It wasn't a vintage performance from us, I thought we looked a little bit flat and a little bit fatigued, but we found a way to win and had enough to get over the line.

"I would have settled for the win. To come away with the bonus point at the end was a bit fortunate, but we'll take it. I never really feared we were going to lose the game, but it could have gone right to the wire. 

"We weren't as accurate as we would have liked and didn't put as much energy into the performance for the full eighty minutes as we wanted. We didn't demonstrate control in many areas today. We made a lot of last ditch tackles, which saved our bacon on many occasions." 

Young was understandably pleased by his side's finish to the game. 

"I thought Newcastle were in that game for long periods, but we found that little bit of energy and accuracy when it was needed. We did have another gear, but it was disappointing that we didn't kick on when it was 17-0 and we waited for the last five or 10 minutes to really push on."  

Asked for an update on Wasps' two tight-heads, who were both forced off with injury, Young said:

"Jake [Cooper-Woolley] had a bang on his knee, so we don't think it's too bad. Marty [Moore] experienced some neck pain. There are no symptoms down his arm or his leg, which is pleasing. The medical staff we have here are second to none, so they weren't going to take any risks and followed all of the protocols and have taken him to hospital as a precaution to check him over."

Reflecting on the first phase of the season and looking ahead to the next couple of weeks of Anglo-Welsh Cup competition, Young said: 

"It's quite a tired dressing room, we've had a lot of big games and the guys in there deserve a week off next week to re-charge their batteries as we go into the Anglo-Welsh. I certainly would have settled for where we are at this point, coming into the season. We've had some really big performances and some very good results. Today we didn't perform how we would have liked, but we'll certainly settle for the result and the five points."