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Dai Young critical of approach taken by winners Saracens

Published 27/12/2015

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was critical of opponents Saracens
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was critical of opponents Saracens

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted his side were deservedly beaten but was critical of the way in which Saracens achieved their 26-16 victory in the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Arena.

After 60 minutes of the game Wasps were still in contention but two tries in four minutes from Duncan Taylor and Owen Farrell turned the game the visitors' way as Saracens took their winning run over their rivals to nine games. Farrell converted both tries and kicked four penalties.

"I'm frustrated because that four minute spell took the game away from us," said Young.

"It was nip and tuck until then and it was going to be a three-point game. I was disappointed to concede the first try from a set piece and the second was a fortuitous bounce of the ball so we let the game get away from us.

"You have to give them credit but it's a boring way to play. We want to be more expansive than that but their kicking game is extremely accurate with an aggressive chase. It's very difficult to play against."

As a result Wasps could only manage a consolation try from Frank Halai. The try was converted by Jimmy Gopperth, who also kicked two penalties. Elliot Daly added another penalty.

Saracens coach Mark McCall responded to Young's criticism of his side by saying: " They kicked a bit more than us in the first half.

"They should have played the way they normally do as it probably would have been more successful.

"We were really dominant in the first half and should have scored more points as we pulled the trigger too early and could have been 13-0 up. After that we gave away too many penalties, which stopped us building pressure but we still won it comfortably.

"It's still a subdued dressing room as we are disappointed with our performance but our set piece was really good and we were clinical when we needed to score those two tries."

Wasps face a trip to Sale and a visit from Worcester in their next two games. Young said: "They are two massive games for us.

"We've never had any joy at Sale and if we want to be comfortably in the top six then we need to win the two games.

"We are still are work in progress, Saracens have a far more settled side than us, their players have been together a long time and they are still improving.

"We missed Nathan Hughes (calf strain) and George Smith (back strain) today but hopefully they should be back for next week."

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