Match Reaction: Dai Young post La Rochelle
Director of rugby Dai Young was a satisfied man after his team claimed a home win over a La Rochelle side he seven days earlier described as being one of the best sides he had ever coached against.
"I thought they were outstanding last week in a lot of aspects, but I also said that I'd seen enough in the game where I believed that we could reverse the result," he said.
"We had to make sure we didn’t give them easy points again, as last week it was six tries to five and when you take away the charge downs, they really created three tries.
"Although they are a really impressive team, I felt we could cause them problems if we kept hold of the ball for longer periods and were accurate enough to go through the phases, and that was pretty much the case today."
Young was particularly happy that La Rochelle had failed to claim a try and was also impressed by his team's work in the tight.
"I thought defensively we stood strong and set-piece wise we were pretty good," he said.
"In attack, I thought we caused them loads of problems - probably the only thing that you could be a little bit disappointed about coming away from the game was in the first-half when we didn’t turn pressure into enough points.
"With a team like La Rochelle, you know all they need is one spark to get them going, and that was the talk at half-time.
"But every time they got going, I thought our defence stood up and forced a mistake and every time we had the ball we had the structure to cause them problems.
"I thought we were on top in most areas of the game - the only thing we didn’t control as much as I would have liked is the scoreboard. It would have been nice if we could have at least been a couple of scores up earlier than we were, and on occasions our last pass didn’t quite go to hand.
Although winning pool one remains a mathematical possibility, Wasps' qualification hopes may be reliant on what happens elsewhere, as their rugby director acknowledged. However, with two rounds of action remaining, he was first and foremost happy to get a second home win on the board.
"Of course you’d always like to get a bonus point, but that was a great win for us playing against one of the best teams in Europe," he said. I’m really pleased to get the result, first and foremost, and with two games left we have a chance.
"All we can do is focus on those games, then hopefully if we can win them we have a chance of sneaking through. They are tough games, so it’s going to go right to the wire, and we need to produce two good performances, two good results and if it’s not enough it’s not enough."
Nathan Hughes returned to Wasps' line-up with a typically robust display, which Young said played its part alongside a number of other powerful efforts, in delivering the four points.
"Nathan’s obviously been biting at the bit to get out there, and his physicality on both sides of the ball, in both attack and defence, was pretty evident to see," he said.
"We felt we had to really stand up and physically match them, as before you can go round a team and stretch them, you have to go through them a bit as well.
"Nathan did a great job on that, as did most of the team - I felt we carried really strongly, and won the gain-line on both sides of the ball which allowed us to have a bit of freedom to play."