Press Notes - Tuesday 20 November

Date: 20 Nov 2018

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash with Bristol Bears at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 1pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

On current form/last weekend’s performance

  • We’re not happy with the way we’ve been playing.
  • It’s my job to get it right. There’s no easy cure but we’ve just got to work harder at our game.
  • We’ve got a number of players out but we’ve got enough quality on the field to be playing better than we are at the moment.
  • Our accuracy with the ball was poor. Our attack isn’t functioning how we’d like it to.
  • We’re pretty confident we can turn things round but we need to do it quickly.
  • Some of the boys that are playing now have waited patiently for some game-time and this is the period where they have to step up and prove themselves.
  • Our go-to has always been our attack and our defence has always been a work-on for us and it continues to be, but we’ve got to get back scoring tries and get some confidence under our belts.
  • The players are disappointed with the performances and how they’re playing but they’ve got a real determination to put it right.
  • I expected a big step up from the week before and we’ll have to make sure we get that this week.
  • The big message over the last week or so is concentrating on what individuals do well. There’s a reason why these players are here, they’re all good players. If they concentrate on what they do well and get back to doing what they do well, things will start to click into place.

On Bristol Bears

  • They were outstanding against Exeter Chiefs and they were unlucky not to win.
  • They’ve grown with confidence as the season’s gone on.
  • They’ve been lucky not to have been hit too badly with injuries and they’ll be pretty confident to come and get a job done but we have to - first and foremost - make sure that we’re a lot better than we were last weekend.
  • They have some quality players and I’m sure they’ll come over and want to get one up on us but it’s up to us to play like we know we can.
  • If you get beaten by a team that plays outstandingly well sometimes you can just put your hand up. But for us we’re not playing anything like we can at the moment and that’s what has been disappointing.

Injury/selection news

  • Simon McIntyre and Tommy Taylor are going through the HIA protocol so we won’t know their availability till later in the week.
  • Will Stuart has a neck issue.
  • Nizaam Carr has a shoulder problem and we’re hoping that improves over the next couple of days.
  • Zurabi Zhvania (Georgia), Michele Campagnaro (Italy), Brad Shields, Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes (England) are all away on international duty.

Player retention/signings

  • I’d like to bring in a quality winger but we just can’t find one that we feel can do a job for us that can get released from where they are right now.
  • It would have to be a short-term deal because quality players aren’t available at this time of year as they’re usually contracted.
  • We have looked hard to rectify the situation and we’ll keep going but unfortunately nobody is available we feel that can come and do job for us.
  • There are players here that will be out of contract at the end of the season. There are every year.
  • There are a group of players we are in negotiations with and we’re doing our best to try and keep hold of them.
  • There are always offers from other clubs and sometimes others are in stronger positions than us but every player has different circumstances and are at different stages of their careers.
  • We are deep into negotiations with the squad and retention is a very big part of what I’d like to do in terms of continuity but it’s unlikely that we’ll keep hold of everybody as there will always be changes. It’s not what I want but sometimes that’s the way it goes.

The fans

  • I can’t speak highly enough of the Wasps supporters. Even after a poor display last weekend they were so supportive.
  • These are loyal fans and they have been through some low times. This is probably the first bad patch we’ve had since we’ve moved to the Ricoh so we have a responsibility to get winning as we want our supporters to stick with us.
  • They’re taking the time and spending the money to come and support us so we’ve got to play our part on the field.

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