WASPS director of rugby Dai Young breathed a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle after his side edged past Newcastle Falcons 9-8 in a match that was very much affected by the wet and windy weather.
Jimmy Gopperth was the hero for Wasps on Saturday at the Ricoh Arena after successfully scoring three key penalty kicks as Wasps registered four points to move within five of four-placed Harlequins.
“We’re just pleased to come away with the win,” said Young. “We didn’t play as well as last week but the conditions were always going to make it tough for both teams.
“It was difficult out there. The wind was swirling and it was greasy so both teams had to kick more than they would’ve liked, the lineouts were a bit scrappy and playing at high tempo was difficult as the passes had to be shorter.
“We want to play rugby. We want to get some tempo into the game and those conditions were never going to let us do that. It was disappointing in terms of the performance, but we’re glad to get over the line.”
Wasps were without the likes of Bradley Davies, James Haskell and Joe Launchbury who were all on Six Nations duty for their respective countries.
And Young stressed the importance of picking up points during the current international break as Wasps claimed their third consecutive league win.
“This part of the season is massive,” Young added. “With the international players away for all teams pretty much and so many games played in this period, it’s going to make or break your season, it’s as simple as that.
“It doesn’t matter how you get these wins, you just have to get yourself over the line and get some wins.
“Hopefully you put yourself into a good position at the end of this period, where you can give yourself a real crack at something in the last part of the season.”