Dai Young reaction post Quins

Following Wasps’ home defeat against Harlequins, Director of Rugby Dai Young was understandably frustrated that his side had not been able to capitalise on some of the opportunities they had created.

“I’m disappointed, but fair play to Quins who deserve credit. I thought at times we played some good stuff and our approach was good on many occasions. We should’ve been more clinical when we had the opportunities because we left a lot of points out there.

“It’s always going to be a tough game between us and Quins and it’s always going to be tight, so you need to take every opportunity.

Asked about the nature of James Haskell’s yellow card and how that period affected the result, Young replied:

“When somebody rips your hat off and then squirts water in your face, there’s only one reaction you’re going to get, but that’s not the reason we lost the game. It didn’t help obviously, but from our point of view our exiting wasn’t good enough, we tried to run from too deep on occasions and spilled the ball. 

“Quins put a couple of phases together and got it off the park while we overplayed a little in our own half and didn’t nail some of the opportunities we created. 

“It wasn't to be today, but the most concerning thing at the moment is the number of injuries we seem to have picked up.

“It’s early on so I haven’t had chance to get the full assessment, but it looks like Alex Rieder might have dislocated his shoulder, which isn’t great. I think Guy Thompson has a dead leg so we’ll see how quickly that responds, and Danny Cipriani had to be helped off the pitch at the end with a knee problem. It’s too soon to know the extent of that injury as it happened at the very end of the game and I haven’t seen the physios before coming into the press conference.

“Overall, there were a lot of bumps and bruises and a few players were struggling towards the end. Hopefully with a bit of rest and a chance to dust themselves down, they’ll be okay before another big game next weekend at Sandy Park against Exeter Chiefs.

“We have to focus on ourselves first and foremost. We obviously have a huge amount of respect for Exeter Chiefs and what they’re all about. We will need to exit a lot better and take any opportunities that we create.

“To be honest I don’t think we got the rub of the green today. A lot of the decisions left me scratching my head, but some you win and some you don’t. Fair play to Quins, they stuck in the arm wrestle and they went away with a deserved win today.”