September 27th, 2016

Dai Young – Wasps ‘lucky’ to beat battling Worcester Warriors

Dai Young – Wasps ‘lucky’ to beat battling Worcester Warriors Dai Young – Wasps ‘lucky’ to beat battling Worcester Warriors
Elliot Daly looks to beat off the attentions of three Worcester players. (s) Photo by Laurence Griffiths
Updated: 2:08 pm, Jan 11, 2016

DAI YOUNG admits his Wasps side can count themselves very lucky after after two lates tries saw them record a bonus point win over Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership.

Wasps found themselves 13-0 down in the first half thanks to two penalties from Andy Symons and a well taken try by Cooper Vuna but two penalties inside iether half by Jimmy Gopperth kept the hosts within touching distance.

The hosts scored their first try of the match through Kearnan Myall to pull level before Symons landed a simple penalty to put the visitors ahead for the second time in the match and he made it 22-13 by adding another six points from his boot with just under 15 minutes remaining.

The comeback was under way in the 69th minute when replacement Guy Thompson powered through to score under the posts, with Gopperth’s conversion moving the hosts to within just two points.

With time ticking away Elliot Daly set up Frank Halai to score in the corner and there was still enough time for Sailosi Tagicakibau to cross for a fourth to claim an unlikely bonus point.

“I think we got out of jail today really,” said Young. “We had lots of possession without threatening as much as we should have and we were very loose with the ball.

“In fairness to Worcester, they kept on plugging away and with ten minutes to go, they probably looked like the more likely team to come away with the victory today.

“We know we didn’t play well, but we didn’t give up when we were nine points down with around ten minutes to go. We kept plugging away and believing in each other to come away with a win in the end.”

The bonus point win pushes Wasps up to sixth in the Aviva Premiership and Young hopes Wasps can use the comeback as a catalyst to turn their season around.

He added: “Hopefully, further down the line we might look back at this result and use it as a bit of a springboard to kick us on.

“I think we did look a little edgy and nervous out there, because we know our performances lately haven’t been up to standard.

“But hopefully, having come through that and collected five points, it will be a springboard to kick on a bit.”

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