Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Young demands Wasps improvement

Dai Young is expecting a physical battle against Gloucester

Wasps will condemn Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester to their worst run of home league defeats for 17 years if they win at Kingsholm on Saturday.

But Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is under no illusion about what his team must deliver in the quest for an away-day success.

Young said: "Gloucester are a strong, physical side and we need to match them up-front because they have an incredibly quick creative back line that will thrive off front-foot ball."

Gloucester's last Premiership home victory came against Harlequins seven months ago, since when they have been toppled at Kingsholm by Exeter, Newcastle, Sale Sharks and Northampton.

Young added: "We know we are not the finished article, that there are very good teams out there and that every game is going to be difficult.

"We've had a few encouraging performances but only one victory so far, and there is a long season ahead in which we are going to have to keep improving.

"There is no area at this moment in time that we are totally satisfied with. Every area I think we can improve on, and I think the players will feel the same as well."

Like Wasps, Gloucester can reflect on just a solitary victory from three starts, but head coach Nigel Davies said: "I believe we've got a clear understanding of where our game needs to be.

"We know the size of the challenge, and there are never any easy games in the Premiership, that's for sure.

"Wasps play a particular way, and it is really challenging every week to come in and look at the respective styles of play of the teams that we are coming up against."

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