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Young: Discipline is key

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young says discipline could be the deciding factor in Friday night’s Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter Final clash with Leinster.

Wasps have been undone in their last two home games with costly penalties and yellow cards contributing to their first two league losses of the season at Adams Park.

“We’ve been on the back foot defending quite a lot in our last few games,” Young said.

“When you are doing that for large parts of a game you end up conceding penalties. In a one off cup game you need to keep everyone on the field and how we carry ourselves in our discipline could be the difference between winning and losing.”

Despite the disappointment of the last few results, Young says the lure of cup rugby means there’s a huge buzz around the Club this week.

“It will be a huge occasion in front of probably our biggest crowd this season and you’ve got two clubs out there with massive history in Europe so it’s very exciting for everyone involved. Our fans have had a few lean years in terms of hosting those big European nights and I think everyone is really looking forward to it on and off the field.”
Young added that his side were well aware of the massive challenge they faced on Friday night.

“Leinster were in a very tough Heineken Cup pool and suffered with injuries to key players at times. Even though they have a few missing this weekend, they are still a formidable side. You don’t achieve what they have without having a very well rounded team and we are not under any illusions about them. They are a very innovative side and they create plenty of chances so it doesn’t get any tougher really.”


Young added that there was plenty for his side to work on this week as they seek to bounce back from a period of patchy form, following a hugely improved season on last year.

“We’ve been struggling to play beyond three or four phases and when you come up against top teams, you rarely score in early phases, you’ve got to stretch team’s defences and keep hold of the ball so that’s something we certainly have to improve on. We’ve got to go back to basics really and just play in the right areas like we had been doing well earlier in the season and not find ourselves defending for most of the game and then getting tired and conceding penalties.

"In saying that, we are also confident that we have enough quality to win the game. We know always that if we are in a game with ten minutes or so go to that we have the ability, with the players we have in the team, to finish opportunities and win games. It’s exciting for the players going into it. Everyone wants to be involved in these big games and it’s a great chance for us to do something to leave a real mark on the season.”

There remains a small number of tickets on sale for the game at Adams Park, (KO 20.00)

To secure your place call 0844 225 9555 or book online here.

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