WASPS’ director of rugby Dai Young has spoken of his pride after watching his side produce one of biggest shocks in European rugby by thumping three-time Champions Cup winners Toulon at the Ricoh Arena.
Over 20,000 fans cheered Wasps on to an emphatic 32-6 win over the reigning champions on Sunday as Wasps extended their lead at the top of Pool 5 to five points.
Two converted tries inside the first 11 minutes set the home side on their way with Nathan Hughes and Ruaridh Jackson both scoring.
Toulon’s Jonathan Pelissie and Wasps’ Elliot Daly exchanged penalties before Jackson and Pelissie did the same to give the hosts a 20-6 lead at the break.
Toulon started the second period brightly but it was Frank Halai who scored a third try for Wasps and Jackson’s conversion moved Young’s side 27-6 ahead.
Wasps pushed for a bonus point and they were rewarded when Hughes crossed over the line to wrap up a shock 32-6 victory.
“I just could not be prouder of the players,” said Young. “I thought they were excellent. 1-23, they were magnificent.
“There wasn’t a poor performance out there and again they worked their socks off for each other in defence.
“There were a lot of questions asked before the game like, ‘Was last week a one off?’ ‘Could we back it up?’ ‘Was it a case of Leinster being poor or us being good?’
“Well, I think we have shown everybody that we are a quality team. We still have things to improve on of course, but as a general feeling after that performance against such quality opposition, well that is about as good as it gets really.
Up next in Europe is another difficult game, this time against Bath at the Ricoh on December 13 and Young knows there is still plenty of work to do in order to progress out of Pool 5.
He added: “We have huge respect for Bath, who we play next in Europe and we know that they offer a real challenge up front and they have real strengths behind.
“We’ve got a couple more games to come in the Aviva Premiership to focus on now, before we return to Europe and play Bath and we all know that is going to be a massive challenge for us.
“We’ll enjoy Sunday first and foremost and hopefully our supporters will too. They were so vocal again and we really appreciate the kind of support we are enjoying here at the Ricoh Arena.”