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Wasps boss Dai Young claims there is more to come after beating Leicester

Published 10/09/2016

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young saw his side triumph at Leicester.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young saw his side triumph at Leicester.

Dai Young insists there is even more to come from Wasps after they claimed another scalp on the second weekend of the new Aviva Premiership season.

After beating last season's second-placed side Exeter Chiefs on the opening day, they claimed a bonus-point win against Leicester Tigers.

Wasps' 34-22 victory against Leicester - who, like them, were beaten semi-finalists last season - was their first at Welford Road since 2008.

Director of rugby Young said: "You don't come here and win too many times. Since I have been at Wasps we have not won here. So we have to enjoy it.

"We had 20 minutes when we lost our composure and made too many mistakes.

"But you have to give the Tigers credit. They did it last week (at Gloucester) so we knew the game wasn't won.

"We found a way to win in the last 10 minutes. The good thing is that we have won without the perfect performance. In years gone by we would have had to play out of our skin.

"We are really pleased with that but we have still got things to work on."

Wasps owed their win to centre Jimmy Gopperth, who not only clinched victory with a last-minute try, but created one for Christian Wade and kicked 14 points.

The other tries came from Sam Jones and Guy Thompson. And Gopperth is only playing at inside centre due to injuries.

"He has been really good for us," said Young. "I have shown in my recruitment that we want to play with a ball-playing 12 and play an expansive game.

"With players injured Jimmy was the best to play 12 and in fairness he has responded well. He has been a foil for Danny (Cipriani) as well. He takes the pressure off Danny with the kicking."

Wasps surged into a 27-8 lead but wobbled a bit when Leicester clawed their way back to within five points before Gopperth, who had just missed two easy penalties, scored his side's fourth try.

Leicester looked as though they might pull off a second successive win from behind, having overcome a 24-point deficit to beat Gloucester last week.

But they lacked a cutting edge and indiscipline - Peter Betham and Ellis Genge were sin-binned near the end - cost them dear. Wasps' Thompson was also yellow carded.

Leicester scored tries through Ed Slater and Lachlan McCaffrey but have now conceded eight in two games.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "I'm disappointed with parts of our game. It was good to get back into the game with 12 minutes left.

"But we got outfought in too many departments and Wasps played well and deserved to win.

"They are a dangerous side and if you give them opportunities they take them, and we gave them too many.

"We have got to make better decisions and make sure we stay within the system and do what we practice. At times we didn't do that.

"We are too easy to play against at the moment. The stats don't lie, conceding eight tries in two games is not good enough.

"It's my fault and we will have to get on top of that and make sure we get better very quickly."

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