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Wasps boss Dai Young calls for 'big performance' at Toulon

Published 16/01/2016

Dai Young has called for
Dai Young has called for "big performances" against Toulon on Sunday and Leinster next weekend

Dai Young accepts Wasps face a pivotal moment in their quest to reach the Champions Cup quarter-finals when they visit Toulon on Sunday.

The champions were humbled 32-6 at the Ricoh Arena in November but have clawed their way back into contention and now trail Young's Pool Five leaders by just two points.

With Leinster completing the group phase when they travel to the Ricoh Arena next weekend, Young knows Wasps must seek to complete a prestigious double over Toulon.

"We certainly seem to have saved our best performances for Europe this year and it would be great to have another two big performances in these games," the director of rugby said.

"We also recognise we are playing against two wounded animals who will want to get pay back after the first leg results.

"I think Toulon left the Ricoh Arena pretty upset with their performance, so I'm sure they will want to put it right.

"You can't look too far down the line, but if we can go to France and get a result, that would put us in a very strong position.

"However, looking at how tight the pool is, if Toulon were to get five points and us none, it would put a lot of pressure on us going into the final match, so we need to at least get something out of the game.

"But we're going there trying to win. We're not going there to limit the damage."

Northampton are hoping to keep their own qualification hopes alive when they host Glasgow, with Racing Metro runaway leaders in Pool Three.

"We said from the start of the season it's going to be full on, every game is going to be important and it's proven to be that way," Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder said.

"In terms of our European ambitions, we need to win. We went up to Glasgow and put in a very good performance. We had to work very hard for that win up there so we know we can beat them, but we know they're going to come here and test us.

"It was one of our best performances of the season. We've had an inconsistent season, but the Glasgow away game was one of our better performances."

Racing, who are seven points clear at the summit of the group, host the Scarlets in Sunday's other fixture.

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