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Young hails win despite concerns

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was pleased to come away with a win from what he admitted was a "sloppy" performance from his side against Gloucester.

Wasps continued their 100 per cent league record at their new Ricoh Arena home with a 32-21 victory over Gloucester, but the home side had to do it the hard away after trailing 10-0 midway through the first half.

In the end Wasps outscored their opponents five tries to two to claim both their ninth Aviva Premiership win of the season and a bonus point, but Young was not overly impressed by the manner of the triumph.

He said: "Something we have talked about is to keep our home record in the Premiership intact, which is hugely important for us.

"But I have to be honest, it was a pretty scrappy performance from us. We were very ordinary in parts but to come away with a win, let alone a bonus-point win, I am really pleased.

"Yet we have to be honest with ourselves and, while we showed glimpses of some good stuff, we were sloppy and put a lot of pressure on ourselves as well. We know we have to be better than that."

Four tries in the space of 15 minutes either side of half-time turned the match in Wasps' favour, with Thomas Young going over twice and Rob Miller and Elliot Daly also scoring.

Wasps then added a fifth try through replacement Guy Thompson nine minutes from time to end the challenge of Gloucester, whose scores had come from Ross Moriarty and Henry Purdy.

The victory lifted Wasps into the top four where they are now level on points with second-placed Saracens and Exeter Chiefs in third.

Young said: "People keep talking to me about being in the top four. Forget about that. It is so tight that top six is a mountain to climb.

"Last week, we had a draw in Newcastle and went from fourth to seventh. My concern is to do everything to get into that top six and that is still not a gimmie."

It could have been a different story had Gloucester had a little more fortune in attack as they came close to notching two more tries.

Fly-half James Hook nearly went over for one and Wasps centre James Downey was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on five metres from his line that was a close call for a penalty try.

And for Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys it was a day of missed chances and failed defence.

He said: "We lacked composure and when opportunities come, Wasps are probably one of the best in the league at finishing off small chances.

"We just have not got that killer edge yet and that is something we want to work on."

Humphreys also praised the attitude of wing Jonny May, who was dropped by England for their Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

"It has been a difficult week for Jonny but credit to him, he has come into our group and brought huge enthusiasm to the training group. He was looking forward to playing today and he nearly set us up for a typical Gloucester try from nothing," Humphreys said.


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