Dai Young gives his reaction to the 32-13 loss at The Stoop in the penultimate fixture of the regular Aviva Premiership season.
After the game, Young said his side’s performance was simply not good enough to win the game, and gave credit to Harlequins for their display.
“We didn’t play well, we can’t hide that fact but Quins played pretty well tonight, they were efficient in what they did and we have to give them credit. We didn’t get enough possession or territory to really cause them lots of problems, that was obvious, but the important thing is the reasons why.
“I thought our kicking game was poor, we never really found grass and that gave them opportunity to run back at us. The penalty count also got us, especially in the second-half, they started to mount up and put us under pressure. I was pretty comfortable at half time to be honest. It wasn’t where I would like it to be, we weren’t playing as well as I would have liked us to be, but I felt we had a couple more gears in the second half but that didn’t materialise. Two big words at halftime were patience and composure and I think we lacked both.
“It was chaos at the tackle area, which meant we didn’t get any quick ball. We were pretty disappointed with how that was refereed tonight. That wasn’t the reason that we lost but it certainly didn’t help us. The non-release situation meant the ball we did get was pretty slow. We know teams are going to attack us there so we’re going to have to be more effective to play the tempo game that we want to play.
“These are big games, we were below our standards today but that doesn’t mean we can’t bounce back next week. We’ve lost tonight but we’ve won every other game in this block. We were not as fluid as we have been but we’ve got to give the other team credit. We’re not going to change the way we’re going to play, we’re going to play attacking rugby, we want to play that game, we think that’s best suited for us.”
Young quickly turned his attention to next week’s big clash with Saracens at the Ricoh Arena and said his big players would have to step up.
“We lacked cutting edge tonight and our big players will have to step up for us next week. I don’t think we had any huge performances and when you’re playing against Saracens you need those, and you expect your big players to stand up. Next week is going to be a great occasion but it’s up to us to get that win at home.
“It may be out of our hands a little bit but if we win next week then who knows. It wasn’t our day, we’re not going to beat ourselves up about it but there’s things that we’ve got to work on.”
The Wasps Director of Rugby also had a mention for Nick Evans, Karl Dickson and Matt Hopper, who were playing in their last home games for Harlequins.
“I’d like to say well done to the three Quins boys that are finishing up today and it’s great for them having a great send-off. It would have been nice if they didn’t have a nice send-off but that’s rugby. We need to trust our systems a little bit more and I’m sure it’ll come. It didn’t go well for us tonight but we’ll bounce back next week.”