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Post-Match Reaction: Young & Simpson

Dai Young and Joe Simpson give their reaction to the 15-34 victory over London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium.

The win ended Wasps’ unwelcome record of 12 losses away in the league in a row as it proved 13th time lucky for Young’s side.

The Wasps boss said that there were no angry words at halftime despite his side trailing 12-6.

“That’s not really my style but I did give them a few messages at halftime. The two key messages were that we needed to be more accurate and we needed to muscle up a bit. In the first half we were losing the battle in the contact area and I believed if we did those things we had the added quality in our side that would win us the game.”

“We knew going into today that you can’t come here expecting it to happen for you - you have to make it happen. What I demanded them from at halftime I got and I am very pleased with that. Welsh were well in the game until we scored those extra two tries and we kept at it.”

Wasps are now certain to end 2012 in the top half of the table but Young isn’t getting carried away.

“There is a long way to go but of course I am pleased. If you had said to me at the start of the season that we would be where we are now going into 2013, I would have snapped your hand off but it is a very tight league. You go on a winning run and you are right up there but you lose a couple and you are back looking over your shoulder. Next week is another challenge and a big one too against Bath at home. We will enjoy the win because we haven’t had many of them away from home of late but we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves.”

Young also praised the effort of Joe Simpson, who was in fine form and who scored an excellent individual try.

“I don’t see many other scrum halves in the league scoring that try - it was fantastic. He has real wheels and when he gets that kind of space he finds a way to get to a try line. That was the turning point as it was just when we needed to score. Elliot Daly too was outstanding as well today and he scored a very good try too. Will Taylor’s tried to tell me he ran 40 metres to support the lads for his try – it was probably more like four but they all count and it was good to get the bonus point right at the end.”

Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson was modest after the match about his spectacular solo try which gave his side much needed momentum at a key time in the game.

“There was a gap when I looked up from the lineout and I went through. I was actually looking for a pass but carried on going and I was delighted to get there. At that stage of the game we needed something to go our way. We weren’t quite getting the rub of the green and we needed to demoralise them with some kind of score in that period. When we got it we were spurred on and we started playing some adventurous and attacking rugby given the conditions.”

“We know that if we want to be challenging in the right part of the table that we have to win more away games and so it's good from that sense to win today. We have great support at home and we thrive there but while we have never been that far away from winning on the road, it's nice now to have the victory and we can hopefully push on from here."