Match Reaction: Dai post Ulster

Date: 17 Aug 2017


Dai Young gives his reaction as Wasps beat Ulster 26-15 in the opening game of the 2017/18 pre-season schedule.

Wasps kicked off their preparations for the new season with a strong win over Ulster in Belfast, where they outscored their opponents by four tries to two.

After the game, Dai Young said he was pleased with the performance from his side.

"It’s always nice to get a win' said Young, 'but that’s not the most important thing for us tonight - which was more about the performance and seeing where we are after quite a tough pre-season."

"I was really pleased with the physicality we showed in both attack and defence, and our energy and commitment. We played some really good stuff with ball in hand, even though we were a little bit careless and spilled the ball too much in the first three phases. That was a little bit of an Achilles heel at times for us last year, and tonight it ended up with us having longer periods in defence than we should have done."

"But all in all I was really pleased with things, and especially with the set-piece going well and us not picking up any injuries. It was a good performance, and there was lots to be pleased with and some things to work on, and now we’re looking forward to next Wednesday."

"It’s unfair to highlight individual players, and there were only three who played the whole 80 minutes. We didn’t want anyone to do more than 60 minutes if we could help it, which meant Rob Miller stepped in at No.10, and a couple of the other guys tried different positions as well. There were some stand-out individual moments from a few individuals, but all-in-all it was a good team performance."

Wasps now move onto their final challenge of the pre-season schedule, as they face Connacht at the Ricoh Arena next Wednesday evening, and Young said that he was looking for every aspect of their game to improve by then.

"There’s nothing we couldn’t improve on next week, and we will be looking to step forward in every department. In particular, we’ve got to look after the ball, as we’re going to make mistakes trying things and taking teams on, but obviously retaining possession more than we have on occasions, and more than we did tonight, will help."

Wasps continue their pre-season schedule back at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 23 August as the men in black and gold take on Connacht Rugby, kick off 7.30pm, with tickets for the game available to purchase online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets

The regular Aviva Premiership season then kicks off as Wasps host Sale Sharks on the opening weekend at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 2 September, kick off 3pm. Tickets for the season opener are on sale at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets