Match Reaction - Dai Young post Leicester Tigers
Date: 2 Dec 2017
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young was delighted by his team’s thrilling 32-25 bonus point win over old rivals Leicester.
The home side clinched the spoils with a 79th minute Kearnan Myall try, and despite the teams being locked together at 25-all for much of the closing ten minutes, Young saw a draw as an unlikely outcome.
“In the last couple of minutes, I always felt there was going to be a winner,” he said. “It was going to be a penalty or a try one way or the other, because both teams were attacking.
“Both teams were a little bit loose and made mistakes trying to win the game, and I always felt there was going to be a mistake and the other team would come out on top.
“I felt confident if we could get good position, if we were a bit patient and composed which we weren’t for the first 20 minutes, we would score again.”
“I’m really thrilled to get that win, there’s not much between the two teams and I couldn’t have complained if the Tigers had nicked it at the end.
“I was really pleased that we had enough bottle to keep playing and we certainly had the quality to come out with the win in the end.”
Some outstanding last-ditch tackling denied what seemed certain Leicester tries in the second half, and Young praised his team’s defensive display in addition to their creative abilities.
“Defence is always important,” he said, and although they kept on bouncing back on our short-side, and made too many yards there for our liking, we patched that up for most of the game.
“You couldn’t doubt the attitude to defend and I couldn’t doubt the work rate.
“You are always going to be put under pressure by a team like the Tigers and you don’t win games if you can’t defend.
“We were making line breaks for the first 20 minutes, but we kicked the ball away looking to score in the first two or three phases.
“What we had to do was back our policies and our shape, and once we got six phases on two or three occasions we scored tries - we just had to demonstrate composure and patience.”
Wasps have been boosted by the return of a number of backs from injury in recent weeks, and their rugby director said this provides him with plenty of options.
“It is nice to have two or three players coming back at the same time,” he said.
“We now have options, and we look far better with two distributors that can play right on the line, and put some of our outside backs into space.
“I don’t think we picked up too many injuries today either. We are struggling prop-wise, as we only had four available, and we also only had three second rows and four back rows today, so selection wasn’t too tough, and thankfully they all look like they have come through.
"Once again we had absolutely fantastic support from Wasps' fans on the sidelines who got behind the boys from the 1st to the very last minute of the match, so another big thank you from all of us to our supporters here today and we look forward to seeing some of you on the away trip to La Rochelle next week, and then everyone back at the Ricoh in a fortnight."