Match Reaction: Dai Young post Exeter final
Date: 27 May 2017
Dai Young gives his reaction to the agonising 20-23 extra time loss to Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final.
Young was understandably immensely proud of the effort his players had put in to get Wasps within a couple of minutes of the title, but incredibly disappointed on their behalf that they couldn't quite close it out.
"I couldn't have asked for any more from my players, I'm just really disappointed for them because they have put so much in. We didn't make it easy for ourselves, we were a little bit loose and tried to force things. We ended up defending for big periods of the game, but we were a minute and a half away from winning that one."
Young was also keen to congratulate Exeter on winning the title and pointed to their renaissance after defeat in last year's Aviva Premiership final.
"You've got to give Exeter lots of credit, they are a fantastic club and fair play to them. I'm pleased for them but also really proud of our players. I've told them to try not to be too disappointed, but obviously that has fallen on deaf ears as you can imagine at the minute.
"I'm extremely proud of everything we have done this season and the effort again today. We'll give our guys a day or two to get over it and they have a few weeks off. Exeter have shown the way, they didn't quite achieve it last year but have come back and got their hands on the trophy this year. That's easier said than done, but it is something we have also got to look to do."
Looking ahead, Young admitted there were areas to work on for next season but also pointed to the progress made over the last few seasons.
"We talk about having consistency in our squad, so that every year is layer on layer of coaching because that makes things easier and you can expand your game. I thought we defended really well today and that has been something that people have chucked stones at us for throughout the year.
"Obviously there are areas that we have to work on, but for us it is about building on our strengths and working on our works ons. We're not anywhere near the finished article, but we're not in a bad place and we just have to keep working.
"Only one team is ever going to win it, you could get to the final year-on-year and still not win it. We've got to plan to be in the mix at the end of the season and what I have said is we want to be a consistent top six team. That is where we need to be, not just for the last three years, but season-on-season. If you're in that top six you are going to be fighting to get in that top four and we want to be in the play-offs year-on-year. The more you knock on the door, hopefully it will open at some time.
"I'd also like to thank our Wasps fans for their fantastic support throughout the season. They were absolutely fantastic again today, willing us on. From the magnificent reception as we arrived at Twickenham, to the cheering until the last second of extra time, they were right behind us and we all really appreciate the level of support they've given us today and throughout the season."