October 25th, 2016

Wasps record biggest victory at the Ricoh Arena after thumping Bristol to move up to third in the table

DAI Young heaped praised on his ‘ruthless’ Wasps side after five tries in either half saw them comfortably beat Bristol by a staggering 70-22 to make it three wins out of three in the Aviva Premiership.

Two tries each from Elliot Daly, Christian Wade and Ashley Johnson as well as further scores from Tommy Taylor, Jake Cooper-Woolley and Matt Symons saw Wasps record their biggest since moving to Coventry back in December 2014.

“I was really pleased that we scored 70 points,” said Young. “We must have done quite a lot right.

“It’s important to be ruthless because part of this team’s development is saying goodbye to the days when we were the underdogs in every game we played, so there’s going to be games that we go into that people expect us to win.

“One of those games was on Sunday and it’s having that mental toughness and that attitude that it doesn’t matter who’s next door, that we’re going to play the same and we’re going to set our own standard.

“So that’s what I was really pleased with – we kept on playing and to score 70 points against anybody, we’ve got to be pleased with that.”

A third consecutive win pushes Wasps up to third in the Aviva Premiership table level on points with leaders Bath and second-placed Saracens.

Young added: “We were a little bit messy on occasions, but you’ve got to be pleased with three wins on the bounce, which is important. I think we’re at 14 out of 15 points, so you can’t ask for much more at this stage.

“You’re not going to win a game with 15 players. You’ve got to have a squad and you’ve got short-term and medium-term goals. The short term goal is really to give as many people game time and keep their performances there.”

This Saturday Wasps travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face Northampton Saints before returning home to the Ricoh on October 2 to face Harlequins.