Press Notes - Wednesday 9 January

Date: 9 Jan 2019

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Bath Rugby at The Rec (kick-off 3.15pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

On the win over Northampton

  • One win isn’t going to change the season so we’ve got to keep working hard, but it’s certainly a nicer atmosphere around the place off the back of a win.
  • There were lots of things that I thought were a big step up against Saints.
  • Our intensity in defence, our linespeed and our dominant hits were all a step up.
  • We were really aggressive over the ball and slowing their ball down, scavenging for any loose balls on the floor, while our set-piece was also good.
  • We looked far more threatening, scored tries and I thought our grey-zone management was also better and a lot more balanced. We were sensible. We don’t want to kick the leather off the ball but sometimes you’ve got to turn teams around and we weren’t doing that earlier in the season.
  • Some of our kicks in behind got us a bit of joy and forced them to kick back to us and when they did we counter-attacked well so it was a big step up across the board.

Bath preview

  • We’ll be sensible. If somebody is carrying a bump we’re not going to play them and risk them being out for a number of weeks because that big block of four games in the Premiership starting in February is huge for us – as it is for pretty much every team in the league.
  • We will go down there with a very good team because what we’d like to do now is build some continuity. Hopefully we can produce some really good performances with some results along the way and that’s the important factor.
  • We want to keep our performances on an upward curve and hopefully that’ll result in some positive results for us.
  • You want to get into a habit of winning.

On how the players will be motivated for the upcoming Champions Cup clashes

  • This is their livelihood, their job. That edge in a cup final won’t be there but they’ve still got to go out there, do their job, respect the jersey and go out there to win. It’s as simple as that.
  • I don’t expect to see anything other than us going out to play to the best of our ability.

Injury/teams news

  • Joe Simpson (ankle) is a couple of weeks away from a return.
  • Marcus Garratt, Alex Rieder and Jimmy Gopperth (all knee) are due to return around March.
  • Tommy Taylor and Simon McIntyre (both concussion) are very unlikely to feature this week but will hopefully return soon.
  • Jack Willis (knee) will hopefully return in the next few weeks and we’re confident he’ll figure in the next block of Premiership games.
  • We should have Jack Willis, Joe Simpson, Tommy Taylor and Si McIntyre all back for the Premiership block.
  • Elliot Daly is on a rest week as required by RFU following his involvement in the Autumn internationals.