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Dai Young says there is more to come from Wasps

Published 18/09/2016

Dai Young believes Wasps can improve further
Dai Young believes Wasps can improve further

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insists his side have room for improvement despite hammering Bristol 70-22 at the Ricoh Arena.

They maintained their 100 per cent start to the Premiership season with a 10-try romp over the newcomers.

Christian Wade, Elliot Daly and Ashley Johnson all scored two tries for Wasps while Jake Cooper-Woolley, Tommy Taylor, Matt Symons and Danny Cipriani also touched down.

But despite the margin of victory, Young believes there is even more to come from his team.

He said: "I would have settled for that before the game began and 14 out of 15 points is a real good start for us.

"The test was to keep our focus and I'm pleased that we did as we had a bonus point in the bag by half-time.

"We haven't produced an 80-minute performance or a perfect performance as we got a bit messy at times today."

The interplay between fly-half Cipriani and Jimmy Gopperth, who kicked 20 points playing at 12, was impressive in a breathtaking Wasps performance with the two players earning praise from Young.

"We didn't stumble across the fact that Jimmy could play at 12," he said. "We knew he could adapt to that role but we've only got two 10s so that's a big risk and we will need to rest them at some stage.

"We are aiming to have two quality players in each position. It's manageable at present but when we get to Europe, some hard selection decisions will have to be made. It will be a question of who's playing best at a particular time."

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson conceded that it had been a very tough afternoon.

Four tries in 17 minutes had seen Wasps build up a 37-3 half-time lead but Bristol showed greater spirit after the interval and narrowly missed out on a bonus point.

Robinson said: "We can't afford to make as many errors as we do. Premiership sides are very efficient. There were times when we were on the front foot, Wasps' defence then put us on the back foot so we lost possession and conceded seven points.

"You need to look after the football a lot better and we made a number of disappointing decisions defensively as we gave them too much space on the outside.

"We know we are going to get days like this but if we work hard, we'll be able to turn it round as our endeavour to get a bonus point was good."

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