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Dai Young wants Wasps to build on London Irish win at Gloucester

Dai Young's Wasps beat Worcester. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Dai Young's Wasps beat Worcester. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Friday, September 21, 2012
8:20 AM

London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is determined to build on last weekend’s victory over London Irish when they travel Gloucester on Saturday.

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Hugo Southwell will miss London Wasps' clash with Gloucester. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICSHugo Southwell will miss London Wasps' clash with Gloucester. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

The Welshman had overseen two defeats to Harlequins and Bath before the win over the Exiles but he is expecting a difficult game at Kingsholm.

“You always want to win every game,” he said.

“It’d be nice to back last week’s performance up with a win.

“It will be equally nice to get one on the road. I thought it was really important to win last week.

“If we can get an away win within the next two games I’ll be delighted.

“You’re not going to go to every place and win.

“We know we’re going to have to be good at the weekend. If we play to our potential we can win but we won’t if we don’t.”

After staying in the Aviva Premiership by a single point, there had been concerns that his side could struggle once again but after the win over London Irish, Young had only noticed a few more smiles on the training pitch.

“I think I’ve got a good group of players who work hard for each other,” he added.

“There’s not a noticeable difference. The boys haven’t been dragging themselves around after the two defeats.

“We’ve had enough to see that we’re on the right track. I couldn’t fault their training.”

Despite the win, Young is not feeling more relaxed as they make the trip to Gloucester.

“If you start relaxing you get a kick in the nuts,” he exclaimed. “We had eight points after three games last season and stayed up by a point.

“It’s too early to start thinking. We beat Saracens and Leicester last year.

“Wins can gain momentum very quickly. If you start losing games then you start looking over your shoulder.”

Despite those two early defeats Young has been pleased with the performances of his side.

“We’d shown glimpses in the first two games of how good we can be without the 80 minute performance,” he added.

“When we had two scores in the bag we had far more confidence and belief.

“We’re proud of Wasps’ history and tradition. We’ve got to forget the troubles of last season.

“I could see the players climbing up a little bit. That win will do us a lot of confidence.

“We’re nowhere near the finished article. We’ve only had one victory. We had eight points after three games last season.

“Our performances have been good enough to give us encouragement.”

Young has been able to improve his squad in the summer and improve his side during the last 20 minutes of a game.

“It’s a 23-man game,” he said. “I thought our impact from the bench last weekend.

“We were winning games at 60 minutes and they were bringing internationals off the bench.

“If you bring Ashley Johnson off and Billy [Vunipola] comes on the opposition’s heads can drop.

“We’ve had to put up with that last season. It’s nice that we can utilise the bench.”

Wasps will be missing Hugo Southwell with a finger injury.

“He’s had an op on his little finger,” Young said. “He had to have it done really. He’s out for two weeks.

“There are a lot of bumps and bruises.

“We don’t envisage anyone missing out that’s been in the picture for the past two weeks.”

Wasps now have new owners after being taken over by a consortium led by former player Ken Moss and Young expects there to be little difference.

“I’d be contradicting myself if I said numerous times that we’ve put it to the back of our minds,” he explained.

“We felt it was going to happen. It wasn’t as quick as we wanted.

“I didn’t think it affected the players. I can’t say it’s affecting the players the other way. We’ve pretty much got on with our job.”

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