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Wasps lost to the better side - Young

29th March 2014 19:48


SKY_MOBILE Dai Young Wasps head coach

Dai Young: Feels Sarries had an extra gear

Wasps boss Dai Young admitted his side loss to the better side after Saturday's 32-20 defeat to Saracens at Adams Park.

The home side were without the services of Ashley Johnson, Joe Launchbury and Matt Mullan amongst the forwards and were outplayed by Sarries who scored four tries.

"They had an extra gear than us," said Young.

"Their thought processes were better and whenever we punched them they came back with two.

"I tried to freshen it up and our attacking play was much better, but they were too powerful for us."

Wasps scored three tries but poor goal-kicking from Andy Goode prevented them from running Saracens, who are the Premiership's leaders, close.

Scrum-half Joe Simpson led Wasps' charge and his impressive display was praised by Young.

"We all know that Joe is a major threat on the break and there are not many greater attacking weapons at number nine," he added.

"His kicking was excellent but sometimes he needs to play within a structure.

"We left a few points out there with missed kicks and, late on, Jonah Holmes should have scored a second try and he will view that as one that got away."

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall hailed his charges but feels there's still room for improvement.

"It is a difficult place to come but a bonus-point win is a great result for us," he said.

"It wasn't a perfect performance from us, but we were pretty formidable up front and clinical in taking our chances.

"We switched off a couple of times, which you can't afford to do against someone of the quality of their scrum-half (Simpson)."

Saracens next match is their Heineken Cup quarter-final away at Ulster. McCall acknowledged that they face a monumental task.

"It will be a very difficult game," he said.

"There will be over 18,000 at the new Ravenhill and they are billing it as the biggest game in their history. We have been building for games like this for the past four or five years."

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