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Wasps face tough task in Paris

06th May 2014 17:37


SKY_MOBILE Dai Young Wasps head coach

Excited: Dai Young

Wasps boss Dai Young has conceded the English team will have win their European Rugby Champions Cup play-off against Stade Franšais the hard way.

Wasps will have home ground advantage in the first leg but Young conceded that travelling to Paris for the decider would be a tough task.

The side that scores the most points over the two legs will be declared the winner of the play-off and will claim the 20th and final place in the inaugural Champions Cup next season.

Young said that the fact his side are still in with a chance of playing in next season's Champions Cup, despite finishing seventh, is a real lifeline.

"I think both teams would probably rather finish off at home knowing what they have to do, but we won't lose sleep over it," said Youg.

"Six weeks ago we didn't feel like we really had a chance to qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup as sixth spot had slipped by. But the play-off spot became available and has given us something extra to aim for."

"We have now achieved that goal and are pleased we have given ourselves another opportunity. But let's not underestimate the challenge as well.

"Stade Franšais have got such a big squad that they can rotate on a week to week basis so it will be interesting to see which team they play.

"We will have to plan for every eventuality and whatever team they put out it will be a tough squad. We know Stade Franšais will want to be in Europe just as much as we do."

Wasps are unbeaten in France this season, and Young will be looking for his charges to continue that form at the Stade Jean-Bouin on Sunday 18th May.

"We have proven this season that we can go to France and win, so it doesn't hold any fears for us, but both teams are desperate for the result and we are under no illusion about the size of the challenge ahead," he said.

"It is another big game for the Club and one the supporters, players and coaches are very excite."

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