Dai Young reaction post Exeter Chiefs
Date: 24 Sep 2017
Following Wasps’ defeat against Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby Dai Young was understandably frustrated that his side gave so many opportunities to Exeter.
"Sandy Park is always a tough place to come, we know that from previous visits. But if you give any team 60 per cent possession and territory - let alone the champions - it’s going to be a hard day at the office and that was the case for us today.
"From our point of view they had far too much ball in the wrong area of the pitch, so although you have to give them some credit for that, we also have to look at ourselves. We turned the ball over seven times from first phase - so we just kept handing it back to them.
"It sounds a bit ridiculous when you concede 31 points, but on occasions today I thought our defence was pretty good, but we just had to do too much of it. If you give Exeter that many opportunities to run at you, the dam is going to bust at some point."
"I’m disappointed that we didn't really fire any shots of our own - it’s not just today, it’s been the case all season. We stuttered and struggled to put a number of phases together against both Sale and Worcester, but just had enough on those two days to get over the line. But when you come and play against the champions that wasn’t going to be enough, and that was the case.
"We muscled up today far better than in other games, there was far more bite in what we did, but we lacked composure, patience and accuracy. Exeter went through 31 phases in the first ten minutes without looking for miracle balls or wonder passes or little chips. They just kept hold of the ball and kept asking questions, whereas we didn’t ask questions of our own because we turned the ball over on first phase.
"When we had a few phases we looked like we could cause problems, but our accuracy let us down. That’s been a work-on for us all season - we keep talking about how we’re spilling too much ball. We’re not controlling the ball when we’ve got it, which results in us consistently losing possession then playing the game in the wrong areas.
"We’ve tried to look for width too early too many times - we need to look to be more direct, as we did in the second half at times. We play with two lines of attack, but need to hit the front line more often than we have in the last couple of games. We’re not always going to get outside teams, we need to go through them as well. That’s something we need to keep working at as there’s no magic cure, and the players have to take individual responsibility.
"They’re an honest group who are the first ones to admit that we need to look after the ball better than we’re doing, and I can’t fault the effort or commitment today. The players have worked their socks off, but we’ve run into touch three times on first phase when it wasn’t on and we’ve spilled the ball which means we’re just not giving ourselves a chance."