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Young confident of survival

Director of rugby Dai Young is confident Wasps will avoid relegation - despite crashing to their 10th defeat in 11 games.

The two-time Heineken Cup winners' 32-15 defeat at Northampton means they are still eight points above bottom club Newcastle with just four games left.

The clubs meet in the final game of the season at Wasps' ground and, while Young insists there will be more twists and turns before then, he thinks Wasps will stay in the Aviva Premiership. He said: "We may as well chuck in the towel now if I'm not confident. It's going to be difficult, there are some good teams in this league."

He added: "It's not going to get any easier for us, but it's in our hands.

"If we win games, they can't catch us, it's up to us to win games. If they win games and catch us fair play to them.

"I'd be lying if I said I had not got half an eye on them. We have got a bit of a cushion at the minute but it will evaporate very quickly if we don't get another win, maybe two wins.

"Newcastle will win games, we just have to make sure we get some points on the board to maintain that cushion."

Northampton jumped into third place above Leicester, who play London Irish on Sunday, and director of rugby Jim Mallinder was pleased to get a bonus-point win after last week's defeat by Leicester in the LV=Cup final.

He said: "You always want to win the game first and then look for the bonus point. It took a long time to come but we got there in the end so we are pleased.

"We were not 100% accurate, we were a bit rusty in a few areas, but you have to give credit to Wasps, they never give up."


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