8th Dec, 2016

Dai Young - Wasps must improve in attack ahead of play-offs

Steve Carpenter 2nd May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DAI Young wants his side to improve on their attacking qualities as the 2015/16 campaign draws to a conclusion this weekend.

Wasps head into their final regular game of the season against London Irish at the Ricoh Arena off the back of two defeats against potential play-off opposition.

Sunday’s 24-3 loss on the road at Exeter Chiefs saw Wasps drop down to third in the Aviva Premiership table and although Young was not unhappy with the performance, he admits there is plenty to improve on ahead of the semi-finals later this month.

“I thought defensively we were very good,” said Young. “We had to defend for 80 percent of the game, there were one or two lapses, but you can’t expect to play against a team of Exeter’s quality and give them that much field position and that much ball.

“The challenge for us going forward, the last three games, we haven’t really had the answers with the ball. We’ve played the top two in the league the last two weeks and we haven’t had enough in attack to cause them problems.

“It’s something that we’ve done very well over the last few months but now we’ve stepped up a level and the last few games we haven’t done enough when we’ve had the ball. That’s forced us to come out of the structure and make too many mistakes.”

Sunday’s result in Exeter was never in doubt as the hosts dominated the match from start to finish and limited Wasps to just three points thanks to a first half Elliot Daly penalty.

It means finishing second is out of Wasps’ hands and they will be looking for Harlequins to do them a favour by beating Exeter this Saturday in the hope of Wasps securing what would be a valuable home fixture in the semi-finals.

“We have a very tough game against London Irish next week that we have to win at home, and we’ll just hope that Harlequins do us a big favour at The Stoop,” Young added.

“We would really love to get a home semi-final for our supporters, who have been absolutely outstanding for us throughout the season. If that’s not to be and we have to come here (to Sandy Park ) then we’ll come here.

“We’ve been to difficult places all year and got results, so we have confidence that we can patch up our game and come back here and win.

“We’re very respectful of this Exeter side, the good work Rob Baxter and his team have done is clear to see, but we are confident that we didn’t play our A game and we have a lot more to show. We’re disappointed but we have a lot still to play for.”