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Dai Young hails 'ruthless' Wasps display against Harlequins

Published 02/10/2016

Dai Young was happy with what he saw from Wasps on Sunday
Dai Young was happy with what he saw from Wasps on Sunday

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young praised his "ruthless" players after they ran in seven tries against Harlequins and returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership table.

Despite being locked at 5-5 in the 20th minute after Quins centre Jamie Roberts cancelled out an opening try from Ashley Johnson, Wasps secured a try bonus point before half-time.

That was due to some devastating attacking play that saw Guy Thompson, Dan Robson and Elliot Daly cross the whitewash in a 12-minute spell.

Harlequins replied through James Chisholm before the break, but they failed to trouble the scoreboard in the second 40 while Wasps added further scores through Christian Wade, Kyle Eastmond and Josh Bassett as they recorded a 47-18 victory.

"We were ruthless without a shadow of doubt," said Young. "We had four visits to their 22 in the first half and scored four tries.

"That's something we've talked about constantly, and which has been a drum I've been banging since I've been here and it's perhaps taken a while to sink in.

"But you couldn't fault us today, as when we had opportunities we took them.

"I thought we showed some real attacking intent and scored some great tries, and the real exciting factor for me is that there is still a lot more to come from us.

"We're still a bit loose on occasions and make one or two poor decisions, and although we're scoring lots of tries there's still plenty more to work on."

While Wasps moved back to the summit, Harlequins' away record still reads one win since January.

But director of rugby John Kingston admitted they could have few complaints at not ending that disappointing run at the Ricoh Arena, a stadium where Harlequins have lost and conceded a try bonus point on all three of their visits.

"We had 70 per cent in their half and 61 per cent possession of the ball, so that tells one part of the story, but on the other side seven tries to two says we didn't take our chances," Kingston said.

"We weren't good enough when they had the ball and made it much too easy for them to score points, so we've got to be honest, look at it and see why those things are happening.

"Conceding 47 points in a game clearly suggests the defending is not good enough because you're not going to win, are you? I'm not being rude, but it's not rocket science, and conceding seven tries and 47 points is unacceptable."

Following the game, Wasps released a statement regarding a Mail on Sunday article about the club's end-of-season party.

A club spokesperson said: "We have a very strict code of conduct at the club, which the players fully support and abide by.

"On hearing the claims in May, we carried out an investigation, and having also spoken with those who attended this private party, we are satisfied that no further action is required. No further comment will be made by club players or management on this subject.

"We've made a fantastic start to the season and we're hoping to build on that as the season progresses."

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