RUGBY UNION: THERE is still plenty of work left to do for Wasps according to the club’s director of rugby Dai Young despite watching his side beat Bath 24-3 to move five points clear of second-placed Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership.
Wasps controlled Saturday’s game at the Recreation Ground from start to finish with Kurtley Beale scoring twice after Christian Wade had opening the scoring.
Jimmy Gopperth enjoyed another fine kicking game after scoring all three conversions while added a penalty to his tally as Young’s side moved five points clear at the top with just five games remaining.
“We took a big stride in cementing our place in the top four,” said Young. “That’s the important thing. Then you’ve got four games to cement ourselves in the top two. It’s not a foregone conclusion by any means.
“I asked the players before the game to really go out and show how much it meant to us, and I thought they did us proud.
“There are lots of things still to work on, as we left a few points out there and the scrum wasn’t as good as it has been over the last couple of weeks, but I certainly would have settled for that result before the game.
“I was really pleased with our game-management, as we controlled the game and made a lot of good decisions. We kicked really well when it wasn’t on to play, but when it was on we played, so I’m pretty pleased.”
Wasps now have a couple of weeks to prepare for their next match at home to Worcester Warriors on March 26 before taking on Leinster in Europe at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin a week later.
Young added: “We’ve had a bit of a sticky spell and haven’t really hit our straps in the four games in this block.
“We did well to get a draw at Exeter, which can’t be scoffed at, but then were taught a lesson at Sale. We bounced back last week, which made this week hugely important, as had we not got the result it would have defined this block.
“This is the best we have played in the block of four games (during the Six Nations). Now we are in the business end. We’ve got Worcester and Bristol, two teams who will be scrapping for their lives.
“There’s no easy games for us but we are in a very strong position, one I am very pleased with.”