10th Dec, 2016

Day Young insists Wasps need to find clinical edge after opening defeat

Steve Carpenter 17th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DAI Young wants his Wasps side to be more clinical after watching them lose their opening game of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season at Harlequins.

Harlequins led 13-11 at the break with Jake Cooper-Woolley scoring the Wasps try and Jimmy Gopperth successfully kicked two first half penalties.

It remained a very tight affair after the break and with ten minutes to go the visitors trailed by just a single score.

Two penalties by Quins secured the win for the home side before Elliot Daly’s try set up a nail-biting finale and despite not being able to find another score, Wasps were able to come away from the Twickenham Stoop Stadium with a losing bonus point.

“It was a tight game as we expected,” said Young. “You are always disappointed when you lose.

“I don’t think we played anywhere near like we can. We had a lot of possession in the right areas, but then it became loose.

“We weren’t clinical enough and we seemed to play our best rugby when the game was lost

“The last ten minutes, we started to look really dangerous, but up until then we were really struggling to break them down.

“They got inside our 22 for about a minute and a half and came away with points, so they had much more return on the pressure than us.

“We need to be better than that and work on being more clinical in that area of the field – we have to come away with more points.”

Young opted not to play World Cup internationals James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and Lorenzo Cittadini on Friday evening and asked if he had any regrets about that decision, Young added: “Absolutely not.

“They can’t play every game, not when you have 28 on the bounce. We have another 27 ahead of us.

“Quins’ internationals only came off the bench for about 25 minutes and that wasn’t really the telling factor in the game.

“We believe we will get more out of the players next week after they’ve had a bit of time to freshen up mentally.”

Wasps return to action this Saturday when they hosts Bath at the Ricoh Arena (2pm kick off).