Dai Young Match Reaction: Post Bristol

Date: 16 Apr 2017

Following Wasps' bonus point win at Ashton Gate, Director of Rugby Dai Young was pleased with most aspects of the team's performance, while acknowledging there were still areas to improve on.

“It was a little bit frustrating in the first five to ten minutes as normal, when we tried to force the miracle ball again and were a bit loose. We had spoken to the players about not making it hard for ourselves, but if you look at the first six minutes we made something like five handling errors, gave away two penalties and were seven points down.

“After that though, I thought we were pretty good in most areas. Obviously there’s room for improvement, but if you look at how Bristol have pushed teams pretty close over the last couple of weeks, it was pleasing that we were comfortable for big parts of that match. We found a way to get back in the game and once we got in front we never looked back really, so I was really pleased with how we kicked on.

“We were sensible, which is a bit unlike us,” he joked, “we kept it a little bit tighter and a little bit simpler, so we didn’t make the mistakes and we got ourselves into a commanding lead. I thought we were a bit more direct than we have been for a couple of weeks with the forwards carrying, which was good to see, and when we had opportunities we took them.

“Defensively, I thought we were much better than we’ve been of late. Obviously nobody is going to be happy conceding three tries, but two of them were probably from us, from our attack. Overall I thought we were pretty comfortable in defence and our set piece was pretty good, so there are far more positives than negatives today. As you can see, there are still things to improve on and certainly things that we’re going to have to be better at during some of the games coming up. But I’m really pleased to go away with 5 points.”

Young also wanted to extend his commiserations to Bristol Rugby, who are preparing for relegation from the Premiership following today’s defeat.

“While it was good to get the win today to keep our ambitions on track, we also really feel for Bristol and their fans, as the result looks to have sealed their fate. Ashton Gate is a fantastic place to play and everyone knows how passionate rugby fans are in the City. It’s never nice to see any team go down and it wasn’t that long ago that we were facing a similar prospect so we feel for all involved. You can see from some of the rugby they’ve produced over the past couple of weeks that they have a really good group of players and coaches here and I’m sure they will re-build and be back to Premiership Rugby soon.”