Dai Young Post Bath

Dai Young Post Bath

Dai Young Post Bath

Date: 1 Oct 2017

Asked for his post-match reaction and whether there were any positives he could take from the performance, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said:

“It’s always disappointing when you lose games. There weren’t a huge amount of positives to be honest, but one was that we kept the ball for a lot longer today than we have for most of the season. If you look at the ruck count, we had three times more possession from phases as Bath, but at the end of the day, we didn’t achieve much as we didn’t convert that possession into points. Obviously that’s the disappointing factor.

“I thought the forwards carried well on occasions, Joe Launchbury was amazing today, with carry after carry. We struggled to penetrate the gain line, the ball went to the backs too early and we were on the back foot after that. We need to look at that because we made it a little too easy for the Bath defence today.

"Confidence is a factor, but the only way to get it back is to start putting some performances in and getting some results.

“We're playing in the wrong areas at the moment, we're playing just inside our half there which can be called the grey zone. We were looking for some penetration to stretch their defence. I thought that was a part of our game that we didn't get going, we didn't get the penetration that we would like.

“We didn't win the battle of the gain line when we had the ball. Subsequently, we didn't look like scoring too many times, which is unusual for us but it's been the story of the last couple of weeks.

“We've tweaked our structures and patterns accordingly to try and give ourselves a little bit more firepower in the right areas, but it's just not clicking for us at this moment. There's no magic cure, you just have to work harder and get it right.  

Asked whether the number of players missing through injury made a difference to the level of performance, he said:

“I’m often asked about selection head-aches, well I haven't got any at the minute; I've got 23 guys to pick the 23! Hopefully we get one or two back next week. I'm not going to use injuries as an excuse because I think that's pretty weak, they aren’t available so we just have to get on with it. We could do with a few guys coming back now because some of the guys on the pitch are carrying bumps and bruises as well.

“It hurts at the minute, of course it does, and it’s a different taste for most of these players. Some of the lads haven’t had to dig deep the last couple of seasons, but now we do.

“We have to stick together and try to tweak things with the personnel that we have got and things will come right at the end.  That’s my responsibility and that’s what I have to do. 

“We don’t need a big overhaul. Last week, we came off second best to Exeter by a big margin. Quins was only by three points and we just needed to be more clinical. I thought we played a little bit differently today, but we are finding it difficult to really cause teams problems. We have to keep on looking at it, keep tweaking it and hopefully it will come right."