Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Young: Wasps are in a dogfight

Dai Young

Director of rugby Dai Young admitted Wasps are in a survival battle at the foot of the Aviva Premiership after their fifth successive defeat.

The losing streak is Wasps' longest in the league for a decade, but Young refused to panic after a 6-0 loss to Worcester left the Adams Park side second from bottom in the standings.

Young said: "We're in a dogfight with four or five other teams, scrapping for our lives but we're not in any better or worse position than any of them. There is no point panicking. Chucking all the bricks out of the pram doesn't get you anywhere."

Young joined Wasps from Cardiff Blues on a four-year contract in June and must now prepare his team for a trip to Leicester next Saturday.

"I said when I came here I didn't expect an easy season. There isn't a quick fix; it's a real project both on and off the field," Young said.

Wasps controlled possession and were arguably more creative but made handling errors at key times and struggled to find a way through a solid Worcester defence.

"We played all the rugby and Worcester never threatened us," Young said.

"But the handling was disappointing with ball in hand, our ball retention was not good enough and we never turned pressure into points. We've got to keep working. We know we can do it, we've had some good results in Europe. We're not a million miles from it."

Worcester boss Richard Hill recognised victory as vital for his side, their first success away from home in the Premiership since April 2009.

"It's a big one for us; it means we can start to look upwards rather than over our shoulder at Newcastle," Hill said, after Wasps pulled away from the Falcons at the bottom of the table.

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