‘Saracens deserved to win’ – Young

Date published: December 27 2015

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admits his charges deserved to lose to Saracens after they went down 26-16 at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

Tries from Duncan Taylor and Owen Farrell secured the four points for the Premiership leaders, with Frank Halai responding for the hosts.

After the loss, Young was honest in his assessment as Saracens head into 2016 on top of the pile in England with seven wins from seven.

"You've got to give them credit," he said. "I thought Saracens deserved to win today. They were the better side. I thought it was nip and tuck for most of the game, but a four minute period took the game away from us.

"It probably looked like a three-point game, but those four minutes with that first phase try, which was very disappointing from us, and the second try from a line break and a little bit of a loose pass that ricocheted off somebody's heel – could've gone either way, but obviously it didn't go ours. So we were a little bit unlucky with that second try, but the first one was disappointing and then we were chasing a win."

Wasps will go into 2016 in eighth position in the league standings as they struggled to cope with Saracens' simple yet highly effective game-plan on Sunday.

"The reality is they kicked the ball well over 30 times I think and they want you to run back. Their chase is so good, you've got to wait for the opportunities to play. It's not the way we want to play and it's not entertaining to watch, but it's very effective; it's very difficult to beat and you've got to wait for your opportunities to arise," continued Young.

"You've got to beat them at their own game and when you get opportunities, you have to take them. You've got to wait for that loose kick or if that chase isn't quite there, beat the first man in the chase and then do the job. I think we had one or two opportunities today when we produced numbers, but our accuracy wasn't quite there to really nail it."

He added: "Saracens are very good at the brand of rugby they play. Every kick is on the money, every chase is really aggressive, and they strangle you. It's up to the opposition to find a way around that and today we didn't manage to execute our own plan well enough.

"Knowing how they are going to play is one thing, but it's very difficult to cope with and change that or stop them."