Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Quins

After Wasps’ bonus-point win against Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena, Young was clearly happy to get 5 points in the bag, while also keeping his feet firmly on the ground, highlighting there were still elements of Wasps games that they would be looking at improving:

“It was a little bit scrappy, but we got there in the end. Quins are always going to make you work very hard for a win. We’ve got to be realistic as well - Quins have a lot more players missing than we have, but I’m pleased with a bonus-point win. You can’t get any more out of a game than five points, so you’ve got to be happy with that, but there were still things we could’ve done better.

“In the first 20 minutes we had a lot of possession and a lot of territory, but it wasn’t keeping our scoreboard ticking over, so you do get a bit anxious then because obviously you want to turn pressure into points. But we got two scores between 20 and 30 minutes which settled us a little bit, although I don’t think we were at our best today.

“I thought we played some good stuff, scored some good tries and defended pretty well, so there are a lot of things to be pleased with, but we know we’ve got to keep on going and there are plenty of things we need to work hard on this week, but we will do that with smiles on our faces.

“The last time we played Quins, they really hit the ground running and we took a bit of time to get going to be honest. During this Six Nations period, we’ve really started to find some form. Now what we’ve got to make sure of is that we maintain it. 

Asked by the media about a couple of players’ performances in Thomas Young and MOTM Jake Cooper-Woolley, Young replied:

“Jake played really well again today. Not only has his scrum work been excellent, he’s also got strong ball-carrying ability and defensively he’s very strong as well. He’s worked hard on his fitness while he’s been out through injury and he’s really starting to put his hand up and hopefully Eddie Jones is looking at him because he is, in my mind, certainly a potential England international in the making. Thomas also played well today, but hasn’t he got a great talisman to learn from in George Smith? They’re a really solid group this squad - they all work really hard for each other and I was just pleased with the team effort from everyone again today.”

When fielding the weekly question on table positions, the sizeable figure would not be budged on his previous response!

“Obviously we’re no different to any other team - we’d love to be in that top four, but where we are at this moment in time, top six is our priority and I think if you look at the games we’ve got in the next couple of weeks, Gloucester away, Leicester and Sale at home, if we don’t get the results we want, then we’re out of the top six. So it’s a bit premature to talk about the top four, top six has to be our priority for Europe. But if we’ve got three or four games of the season to go and we’re still in touching distance of the top four, then we’ll start talking about it and give it a real crack.

“I think other people run away with the excitement of it a bit. I’m just trying to be realistic and pragmatic. If things go our way, we’ve got a chance, but there are a lot of games that are easily won or lost and it’s so tight in the table.

“My job is to keep everyone’s feet on the ground and to keep pushing the players on to get more out of them. If we can do that, I’m sure we won’t be far off in the end. For now we’ll just enjoy this win today.”