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Post match reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young gives his post match reaction after the 26-10 win over Bayonne.

The win gave Wasps their second victory in their Amlin Challenge Cup pool and Young’s men now sit top of the group.

“We are pleased with the result and very happy with the response in that second half. Getting two wins under our belts early on definitely gives you more confidence in your group and so we will leave happy tonight,” Young said.

Wasps trailed at the break only to score 20 unanswered points in the second half and the Wasps boss was very happy with the change in the fortunes after the turnaround.

“The first half was disappointing and the players felt they let themselves down in that 40 minutes. We had a bit of a rallying cry at halftime in the changing room. We talked about how we’d lost the ball far too often and how we were allowing their pack far too much ball. We clawed our way back into it and I was very pleased with the response.”

The Wasps win was notable for a huge effort by the pack, whose driving lineouts and all round play were a fine feature all night. Young was pleased with their workrate.

“The forwards were really good again and in that second half they did a good job at sapping the energy out of that heavy Bayonne pack. We are getting better and better as a pack but we know there are bigger challenges to come. Leicester next week will be another big step up for us.”

The night also saw the return of England backrow James Haskell who made his first appearance of the season.

“He has worked really hard to get back and he is desperate to show everyone what he can do. His return is a big boost to us. He has huge experience and if he gets back to the type of form we know he can produce that is great for us. He is an honest guy though, and he knows he has to get into the team first. Nathan Hughes, Sam Jones and Ashley Johnson have been outstanding so far this season and Ed Jackson was man of the match tonight, so it’s a tough battle in that backrow but it is great to have Haskell back and that’s a headache in selection that I welcome.”

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