Young lauds Johnson’s versatility

Date published: November 27 2016

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young lauded Ashley's Johnson's versatility after the hooker produced a Man of the Match performance at flank.

The South African, who played most of his rugby in the loose-forwards for the Cheetahs, seemed to have settled at hooker since playing for Wasps. But Johnson proved he's still got it after a great display at flank on Sunday in Wasps's 34-24 win over Sale.

"Ash was outstanding today and deservedly won the man of the match award. He's a real club man and is happy to play in either position," Young said.

"As a flanker, he obviously has a much freer role but his statistics are remarkably the same whichever position he plays."

Despite the win Young said his side could have been a lot better.

"I always felt we were in control but it wasn't fantastic. Although we were good in patches, I'm disappointed that we gave away so many points in the second half.

"Sale were a dogged team but the introduction of our replacements caused us to become disjointed."