Match Reaction: Dai Young post Leinster

Date: 1 Apr 2017


Following Wasps's 32-17 European quarter final loss to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium, Director of Rugby Dai Young was disappointed that his side didn't manage to perform like he knows they can. 

"It was really disappointing. We didn't play like I was hoping we would play. In the first 25 to 30 minutes we didn't cause them enough problems. I think it took us something like 28 minutes to get to three phases in attack. We really panicked every time we had the ball, we were looking for the miracle ball and we ended up turning it over, which put us under lots of pressure. 

"They created a really good try early doors and that is the quality they have got in their team. Then we gifted them two tries. If Willie had put that ball down on 26 minutes it would have been 8-7 but that was only one moment. I think it would be a mistake to point to that one incident. We still had a good 55 minutes to win that game so we can't blame one moment. We have to look at ourselves as a collective and we made far too many mistakes. We didn't help ourselves, I thought Leinster were really efficient in what they did and did the basics well. We made far more errors than them and I think that was the difference." 

Young was a lot more happy with the second half performance from his side. 

"Obviously we had a mountain to climb at half time and I talked about us not needing to chase the game. We had enough confidence in ourselves, that if we could get into a one score game in the last 10 or 15 minutes then there was no reason why we couldn't use that pressure, because the crowd would have got a little bit edgy then. We achieved that with 15 minutes to go when we were eight points behind. However we didn't have that little bit extra in that last 10 minutes to come away with it." 

Asked about how this could affect his side moving back into the Premiership next week with the visit of Northampton Saints to the Ricoh Arena, Young said: 

"We've got to make sure this doesn't affect our league performance. Obviously we played against a good team, but people keep on saying you learn from losses and I hope that we do. The proof will be in the pudding moving forward, you are going to lose games of rugby that happens, but for us the massive disappointment was that we didn't play like we can. 

"We made far too many mistakes, we didn't put them under enough pressure and we made it hard for ourselves. We've got to learn from that and the team that made the least mistakes won. It's an old cliche and it has been said many times, but I thought that was very true today. Leinster are a quality side and they deserved the win today."

Young also wanted to make special mention of travelling Wasps supporters in Dublin, who will have been as disappointed as the team at the result today. "We will all be disappointed I know and we appreciate the commitment our fans have made in coming out to support us. The welcome arriving at the stadium was tremendous yet again. I understand many fans had been waiting there in the rain for half an hour to make sure they weren't late and it's hard to put into words how much we value that level of support. It was the same at the Madejski stadium last year - we have some brilliant fans and we will be working hard to make sure they