Match Reaction: Dai Young post Connacht
Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his thoughts following Wasps' 32-17 bonus point victory against Connacht Rugby at the Ricoh Arena.
Dai Young was understandably happy with the five points, against a quality side who made life hard for Wasps.
"Connacht brought everything that we'd expect them to bring. A quality team with the ball in hand, they really challenged our defence. For big parts of that game we didn't have the ball to build our game, but we knew we would have to be patient and find a way to win. I thought the score probably flattered us a little bit. It was a little bit tighter than the score suggests, but you've got to be clinical and give yourself an opportunity. We certainly would have settled for the win before the game, but to get the five points is really pleasing. As I said to the players, we have got to back it up next week."
After a great finish to the game from Wasps, Young was also happy with the impact of his bench.
"I thought the bench came on and really added to the performance. You keep on talking about a 23 man game, but I'm not sure guys on the bench ever believe it, they all want to be in that run-on team. I thought we absorbed a lot of pressure, a lot of it through Connacht's good play and some of it through lapses from us as well."
When asked about the standout performance of captain Joe Launchbury Young said:
"I thought he was outstanding, that is the beauty of Launchers, he does all of the bread and butter stuff, but when your back's against the wall and you need to come up with something, he is one of the guys you can rely on. He led really well and I thought he had an outstanding game, so he must have pushed Kurtley very close for man of the match."
Young was unsurprisingly also very happy with the effort of Wasps' Wallaby signing on his debut.
"I can't speak highly enough of him, he has worked his socks off to get back to full fitness. To come from the other side of the world to play rugby is tough enough, but to arrive injured is really tough, and he has worked very hard with the physios to get himself back on the field. We just said go out and enjoy yourself today and there can't be a better way to enjoy yourself than scoring a try with pretty much your first touch. We are going to see a lot more of him hopefully and it was great just to get him out on the paddock."
Looking ahead to next week's return fixture at the Sportsground in Galway, Young knows his side are in for a tough test.
"I went there quite a bit obviously in my Cardiff days. They order the rain especially," he joked. "They arrange the wind to be behind them in both halves as well, how they do that I don't quite know! It's a difficult place to go but also a great experience. They have far more quality than they used to have years ago and we know their crowd is really passionate. I'm sure they have seen enough today to think that they can do a job on us next week. We're very respectful, we know it is only half time and we have to go out there next week and back up this performance."