Young heaps praise on Wasps players

Date published: November 23 2015

Wasps boss Dai Young heaped praise on his players after their 32-6 win over reigning European champions Toulon in round two of the Champions Cup on Sunday.

This follows their 33-6 victory away at Leinster in their tournament opener last weekend.

That result and the win over Toulon at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry saw Wasps go top of arguably the toughest pool in this season's tournament, and they are now 14/1 with Betbright to walk away with the title.

"I just could not be prouder of the players," said Young. 

"I thought they were excellent today. 1-23, they were magnificent. There wasn't a poor performance out there and again they worked their socks off for each other in defence. 

"There were a lot of questions asked before the game like, 'Was last week a one off?' 'Could we back it up?' 'Was it a case of Leinster being poor or us being good?' Well, I think we have shown everybody today that we are a quality team. 

"We still have things to improve on of course, but as a general feeling after that performance against such quality opposition, well that is about as good as it gets really.

"We like to play. If you saw our first couple of games of the season, it wasn't quite clicking for us. We put a lot of balls down but we knew we just had to be patient. You've got to keep persevering and keep working at it. 

"Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't. Things have started to become far more fluent for us over the last couple of weeks. We are starting to be far more comfortable with the ball in hand. 

"It's the way we want to play, we want to play with ball in hand and obviously you have to defend hard as well. You also have to get the fundamentals right on top of that." 

Young was asked about the increased strength in depth of Wasps' squad, as epitomised by James Gaskell's man-of-the-match performance, having moved into the starting line-up, after Bradley Davies was forced to withdraw through illness.

"James was outstanding today," he added.

"We talked before the season about how we win or lose together and it is the squad that is going to get us to places where we want to be. 

"You have to have strength in depth. We have  two international second rows in Bradley Davies and Joe Launchbury and we have James Gaskell, Kearnan Myall and James Cannon – real quality players all of them. 

"We have got really good second rows and they support each other 100%. One goes out and one comes in and they do a great job for us."

Wasps must now re-group as they change focus next week back to the Aviva Premiership and Young said the European group is by no means over either.

"We have huge respect for Bath, who we play next in Europe and we know that they offer a real challenge up front and they have real strengths behind," he said. 

"We've got a couple more games to come in the Aviva Premiership to focus on now, before we return to Europe and play Bath and we all know that is going to be a massive challenge for us.

"We'll enjoy tonight first and foremost and hopefully our supporters will too. They were so vocal again and we really appreciate the kind of support we are enjoying here at the Ricoh Arena. 

"Hopefully all Wasps fans went home with a smile on their face after today's performance."