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Dai Young a happy man as Wasps crush Zebre


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was a happy man

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was a happy man

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was a happy man

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young was delighted his side maintain their output from start to finish to crush Zebre 82-14 at the Ricoh Arena.

As a result, he saw Wasps break three club records in the top tier of European competition.

They beat their previous 11-try haul by one and also achieved their highest score and their biggest margin of victory.

Of the 12 tries scored, Rob Miller and Joe Simpson each scored two with Frank Halai, Ashley Johnson, Elliot Daly, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Josh Bassett, James Gaskell, Dan Robson and Joe Launchbury one apiece.

Danny Cipriani converted six and Jimmy Gopperth five to complete the scoring.

"We knew we had to get five points and that was the big target to secure those points and have no injuries," Young said.

"There are a lot of smiles on people's faces as there were some great inter-play between backs and forwards as we always want to play with tempo."

Zebre managed two tries from replacement Federico Ruzza in the first half, which was the only point of concern for Young.

He added: "We were disappointed to give away two tries and we had a rallying cry at half-time and it paid dividends."

Man of the Match Cipriani and Wasps' captain Joe Launchbury both drew praise from Young for their outstanding performances.

"I don't agree with Danny (Cipriani) getting man of the match as it should have been Joe," he said.

"He was impressive in the first 25 minutes when the game was in the balance as he secured big turnovers and made big tackles.

"He looks a world-class second row and we are really pleased to have him back and the big challenge for him is to remain fit.

"Cipriani did everything that was asked of him today as he kept it simple and direct and got the ball into space very well.

"He pulled the strings for us, did a great job in steering the ship and couldn't have done anymore.

"He's getting used to not being picked but every press conference seems to be about Danny and I feel this is doing him no favours."

Next up for Wasps in Europe is a daunting trip to Toulouse with both Launchbury and Young accepting that it will be a difficult encounter.

Launchbury said: "This tournament is extremely tough and we are really happy with the way we are attacking but we need to improve our defence.

"To concede a try to a driving line-out today was disappointing and going to France you get what you can, look to defend well and have a strong set-piece."

Young agreed with his skipper's viewpoint and said: "It's a massive game next week, we need to be a lot better and raise our game again.

"In reality, it will be much more of a physical battle and when the game is slower and an arm-wrestle we've got to find a way to win."