Dai Young left displeased despite seeing wasps qualify for Aviva Premiership semi-finals - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Dai Young left displeased despite seeing wasps qualify for Aviva Premiership semi-finals

RUGBY UNION: WASPS may have confirmed their place in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals thanks to a bonus point victory over Worcester Warriors, but the club’s director of rugby Dai Young was not a happy man after Sunday’s clash.

Despite watching his Wasps side run out 40-33 winners at the Ricoh Arena, which restored their five-point gap at the top of the table, Young was displeased with the performance of his side and conceded that Worcester deserved more from the match.

“At the end of the day a wins a win, five points is five points and we couldn’t have got any more out out of the game, but to be honest I don’t think there were too many positives,” said Young.

“We left a lot of points out there, we made things look extremely hard, when we didn’t need to. We got turned over far too many times at the tackle area and defensively we conceded five tries, which isn’t good enough.

“Worcester probably blew one or two opportunities which could have got their noses in front.

“I think if that game had gone on another five minutes, they could have nicked it. I thought for big parts of that game the score flattered us.

“As a whole I am pretty disappointed with the performance, Worcester deserve lots of credit, but we are going to have to be better.”

With the scoreline level at 19-19 half-time, Wasps were given a huge helping hand when Worcester’s Bryce Heem was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Willie Le Roux.

Three converted tries took the match seemingly beyond the visitors’ reach and despite a late fightback, Wasps held on for a 14th league win of the season.

Christian Wade scored two tries to move him level with Kenny Logan’s all-time Wasps record and Young paid to tribute to Sunday’s man-of-the-match.

He added: “I thought Christian Wade was really good in attack and created and scored a couple of good tries for us.

“I think it was a game that we were lucky to win, we had a little bit of extra quality in some of the players like Christian and that just got us over the line.”

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