After the game, Dai Young said that his overriding emotion was pride.
“I thought that we were excellent today. It was probably the first time we have played for the full 80 minutes. We did very little wrong throughout the game and I certainly felt like we wanted it more than them today. The boys did themselves proud and I am really proud of their efforts today.”
The result sees Wasps grab the final spot for next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup and Young said that playing in the top competition means a huge amount to everyone at Wasps.
“It will make a huge difference in terms of prestige for the players, supporters and everyone involved with this club. It has probably been too long that we’ve been out of Europe’s top competition. Let’s not kid ourselves; it is going to be a tough competition for us. We are certainly going to have to step up and match performances like today’s on a regular basis.”
Wasps produced a brilliant performance to see off a Stade side packed with international stars and Young said he was very pleased with the way his side played for the full 80 minutes.
“We have talked a lot about composure and producing that complete performance, but coming through days like today is probably going to do more for the development of this team than anything else. We have let teams off the hook and ruined good performances with small spells of sloppiness throughout this season. Today we showed what we can do against a top team if we play for the full 80 minutes.”
Over the course of the two legs, Wasps had three tries disallowed by the TMO and Young said those decisions were made far less significant by the way his side played.
“We would have been very unlucky if that game had gone against us after being disallowed three tries over the two legs, but we did enough to make sure that wasn’t a factor. We talked about that at half time, that we couldn’t look back at fulltime and blame those incidents. We had to make sure they didn’t influence the end result and I’m very proud of the boys as they did that.”
“As I said to the players, this has been an average season, but we finished off really strongly. We have gone from almost being relegated to eight place last season, to seventh this year and qualifying for Europe. Next season we have to keep moving forward. We haven’t won anything and next season will be a massive challenge for us. We have a lot of work to do this summer.”