Young not getting carried away

Date published: October 3 2016

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is happy with his side’s win over Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday but feels they can still improve.

The home side’s 47-18 bonus-point win sent them top of the Premiership table with an unbeaten record of five wins out of five but, true to form, Young was level-headed in his post-match assessment, pointing out that his side leaked points he doesn’t expect them to.

“It was a really good win and to put that many points past Quins is easier said than done,” he told Wasps’ official website.

“There was a lot of real good stuff in the tackling, but we were a little disappointed with our defence in the first half, as it was soft and not as aggressive as we would have liked. We just lacked a little bit of bite.

“We then had a bit of a rallying call at half time, and to go out and nil them in the second half was pleasing. There was some real attacking ability with the ball, which I was really pleased about too.

“We were ruthless today without a shadow of doubt – we had four visits to their 22 in the first half and scored four tries.

“That’s something we’ve talked about constantly and which has been a drum I’ve been banging since I’ve been here and it’s perhaps taken a while to sink in.

“We really rode our luck last week, only had a couple of chances to score and took them. I made it quite clear to the players that if we played like we did last week, we’d probably lose. This week was a far better performance right across the board.”

One thing Young was very complimentary about was the work rate his players showed in the game, saying that ethic was paying dividends for the squad.

“The players are working hard for each other, there’s been lots of running off the ball to get in positions to take the link passes and finish it off.

“We’ve got the players that can beat people, we’ve got the players that can produce something when they have one-on-ones, but then it’s about the hard work to get on peoples’ shoulders.

“There was a period when it was an eight-point game and I feared if Quins scored it would go right to the wire, so it was really nice to have a bit of breathing space going into the last ten minutes.

“I always felt that we had another gear and that if we kept the ball for any period, we could score and I thought that was a real testament to our attacking ability.

“If you look at the players we’ve recruited, that’s the kind of rugby we want to play – We want to play 15-man rugby, high-tempo, multi-phase, taking people on with flare and get people on the edge of their seat. But most importantly, you’ve got to back it up with results as well.

“We’re nowhere near the finished article, but that’s the really pleasing thing – I really do think there’s a bit more still to come from this team.”