Young praises Wasps after vital win

Date published: December 31 2016

Character and commitment was at the heart of Wasps comeback win over Newcastle on Friday night, says Director of Rugby Dai Young.

The 34-30 victory took Wasps to the top of the Premiership standings. The visitors trailed 12-0 after conceding two tries, but a fightback saw them score four of their own to not only win the game but also clinch a bonus point.

"It was always going to be a test for us and what we showed in abundance was character and commitment," Young said after the game.

"It was far from an ideal start for us. We've got to give Newcastle credit. They were really clinical in the first couple of minutes. Sometimes it's better if it's in the first couple of minutes rather than 20 minutes into the game.

"I was pleased that the boys didn't panic and got ourselves into the game but sometimes we lacked a little bit of brainpower. When we went six points up we were trying offloads and giving away silly penalties when there was no need to. We've got to look at that. We gave Newcastle a lot of momentum to come back at us. With eight minutes to go that game was still up in the air," Young added.

"But I was really pleased at how we dug ourselves back into the game. Coming here is never easy. We expected a real tough game today and we got one. I'm pleased with the attitude we showed to get ourselves back into it. We go away with five points. We've got to be happy with that."

Danny Cipriani was replaced at half-time after he injured himself while scoring his try, but Young confirmed it wasn't serious.

"He got a bit of an ankle sprain," said Young.