Match Reaction: Dai Young post Bath

Date: 4 Mar 2017


Following Wasps 24-3 away win over Bath, Wasps' Director of Rugby Dai Young was understandably delighted by his squad's efforts at the Rec.

"I felt we were in control in most areas today, so I’m really pleased. We’ve had a bit of a sticky spell and haven’t really hit our straps in the four games in this block.

"We did well to get a draw at Exeter, which can’t be scoffed at, but then were taught a lesson at Sale. We bounced back last week, which made this week hugely important, as had we not got the result today it would have defined this block.

"I asked the players before the game to really go out and show how much it meant to us, and I thought they did us proud today.

"There are lots of things still to work on, as we left a few points out there and the scrum wasn’t as good as it has been over the last couple of weeks, but I certainly would have settled for that result before the game.

"I was really pleased with our game-management, as we controlled the game and made a lot of good decisions. We kicked really well when it wasn’t on to play, but when it was on we played, so I’m pretty pleased.

"I challenged the players before the game, because we knew Bath would be physical in the forwards and we would have to stand up and be counted there and we did.

"I asked them to be patient and wait for opportunities when it wasn’t on and I thought they did that really well.

"We also showed some real desire in defence and kept them to three points, which I’m also really pleased about.

"This is the best we have played in the block of four games (during the Six Nations). Now we are in the business end. We’ve got Worcester and Bristol, two teams who will be scrapping for their lives. There’s no easy games for us but we are in a very strong position, one I am very pleased with.

“Today we took a big stride in cementing our place in the top four. That’s the important thing. Then you’ve got four games to cement ourselves in the top two. It’s not a foregone conclusion by any means."