As Wasps prepare for Sunday’s trip to Allianz Park, Thomas Young says he is excited by the challenge of taking on the reigning European champions.
On the back of a tough run of results, Wasps returned to the Broadstreet training base this week with a renewed focus, as they began preparations to face Saracens this Sunday.
Asked about the challenge of facing the reigning European champions on their own patch this weekend, Thomas Young said Sunday’s fixture can’t come soon enough.
“We’ve put last weekend to bed now,’ he said, ‘and we’re all looking forward to this weekend. We know there are a few areas where we weren’t right at the weekend and this Sunday is a good opportunity to put those right.
“We all know that Saracens are a good side, but that doesn’t change how we prepare. We know there were things that didn’t go right for us last Sunday but this is a game we’re all looking forward to and Sunday can’t come around quick enough. We know we need to up our game, put the things right that haven’t been going well and hopefully things will start to turn for us.
“It’s the same as any other game in that we’ll look at the team, where we think their weaknesses and their strengths are and then, as a squad and coaching staff, we put together a game plan, work on it in the week and try to execute it at the weekend.”
“We looked after the ball quite well last weekend and went through the phases, which is something we haven’t maybe done that well in previous weeks. What we didn’t do, and what we need to put right this Sunday, is be clinical with the ball and play in the right areas rather than in our own half. We want to keep hold of the ball, we have to make sure we do that again this weekend and hopefully turn our possession into points.”
Wasps have been hit by a number of injuries in the early part of this season, but Young said that wasn’t something the squad are looking to as an excuse.
“Obviously, injuries don’t help but every side has them and we can’t use that as an excuse. Whoever’s playing on the day is good enough to go out there and do a job. As a squad we’re a tight bunch, we all get round each other and we’re working hard together to make sure things go right when we get out there at the weekend.
“Everyone knows how tough this league is. Anyone can beat anyone else on their day, and we’ve seen that in the opening five rounds already this season and how results have gone. It’s a league that we all relish playing in and everyone wants to be a part of, so it’s not something we’re complaining about. It’s about us as a squad sticking together and making sure we get things right.
“We’re a side who take it one game at a time. We have to make sure we get everything right this weekend, then take the plan and execute it this weekend. We can’t look ahead, we have to be fully focused on this Sunday and we know how tough that will be.”
Wasps face two tough trips on the road, this Sunday away at Saracens and next Friday night away to Ulster, before returning home to the Ricoh Arena where they will face Harlequins in the European Champions Cup on Sunday 22nd October, kick off 5.30pm. Tickets for that game are available online now at wasps.co.uk/tickets