Match Reaction: Dai post Northampton

Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to Wasp's tight 15-20 win against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens. 

Young was pleased with the character his side showed to win a game that could easily have gone the other way.

"I think for a big part of the game we were up against it. We certainly didn't win that game today on structure and being smart. We won that game on togetherness and heart.

"We found a way to win and that shows a lot of character within this team, we certainly didn't play anything like we would have liked before the game. We were second best in a lot of areas, but we stuck together and found a way to win." 

Young was happy with how clinical the side were today, particularly the well-taken try scored in the first half. 

"It was great vision from Danny on the short side, a lovely little chip through, good link play from Guy (Thompson) and then Jimmy running for his life to get under the sticks.

"We know we've got talent, but if you're going to win games at places like Leicester and Northampton, you've got to come and tough it out as well." 

Young believed it was a full squad effort today and was happy with the impact made by the bench again.

"I'm really pleased with the squad. I thought it was a fantastic effort from the whole 23. We are rotating nicely now and the boys are coming off the bench and doing a good job.

When asked about the impressive early-season form of back-rower Guy Thompson, Young said: 

"Guy has had a good start to the season, he carries really well and has played well at both seven and eight. We are very lucky to have a fantastic mix of back-rowers at the club and I thought they worked really well as a unit today."

Young's side has started four from four for the first time since 1997 and Wasps' Director of Rugby is understandably pleased with the start his team has made, but also warns of tougher times ahead. 

"I'm absolutely thrilled with the start, if you had offered me this before the start of the season I would have certainly taken it. It has gone far better than even I could have hoped. Naturally, there's going to be a bump along the road somewhere and it will be about how we handle that.

"We didn't play well today, defensively we rode our luck on occasions and we were loose with the ball. We are going to have to be better next week, because you can't always rely on the bit of luck that we got today. Harlequins have beaten Saracens today, so it's another a big game for us next Sunday at the Ricoh Arena."