‘We have to be at our best’ – Young

Date published: April 19 2016

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says there will be "no lack of motivation" ahead of their Champions Cup semi-final clash with Saracens.

The all-English showdown at the Madejski Stadium will see two of Europe's best teams face off for a place in the final in Lyon on May 14.

Wasps beat Exeter with a late converted try to secure their progress and Young has urged his charges not to go into their shell on Saturday.

"It's a big game against Saracens this weekend, but one we won't have to talk up too much. There will be no lack of motivation, everyone's excited and the boys have worked their socks off to get to the semi-finals," he told EPC Rugby.

"It's our first one for a long time, and we're determined to enjoy it and we will enjoy it most if we get the win. We have a big obstacle to climb against Sarries, we know how good they are and we know we have to be at our best.

"Saracens have shown they can adapt and play different styles, we want to play with the ball in hand and get go forward with as many phases as possible. We are very respectful of what Sarries will bring, they will test us in every aspect.

"But it's more important we get our game going and carries over the gain-line to get quick ball. If we get that, I believe we have the players to cause teams problems."

Excitement is building ahead of the Reading clash as many expect Wasps to express themselves on the big stage, something Young wants to see against a side who have become used to these European knockout fixtures.

"There is a reason why we're in the semi-final, we've played well and we've addressed big games accordingly. We have to play at the level we've played at for most of the season," he said.

"I'm sure Sarries will push us to another level, if we get the result, we will have to push it to another gear. It's certainly a level up in these games."