Haskell delivers for Wasps

Date published: January 18 2015

James Haskell is hitting peak form according to Dai Young after the flanker helped Wasps to a vital victory away at Harlequins.

Wasps took another step closer to being the first team to reach the quarter-finals after losing their first two games in the competition, by beating Quins 23-3 away at the Stoop.

That leaves the Coventry-based side with a winner-takes-all clash at home to Leinster next week to win the pool.

While the new structure of the tournament, with three second-place qualifiers, makes it easier for sides to come back after poor starts, it has still been an impressive turnaround from Wasps.

And Haskell, who finished with an incredible 28 tackles, has been at the heart of that, as he tries to convince Stuart Lancaster that he deserves a start for England when they kick off the Six Nations against Wales.

“I thought he was outstanding,” said Young on Haskell’s performance.

“I don’t think he’s had a bad game for us for a while. He probably covered every blade of grass and his tackle count must have been right up there.

“I don’t think there was a bad performance from any of our players out there tonight. We didn’t have the ball certainly for large periods of the game.

We didn’t have enough possession in the right areas but our defence won us that game. Our shape, as always, was pretty decent against a very good attacking team.

“We knew there was no reason why we couldn’t come here and win. It’s really exciting bringing Leinster to the Ricoh Stadium next week. We’re hoping for somewhere near a full house.

“The boys are all ready and really excited about it. It’s a nice place for us to be, going into the last round with a realistic chance of going through.”