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Young wants improvements

Wasps kept their hunt for an automatic European Champions Cup spot next season alive at the Kassam Stadium but director of rugby Dai Young insists his troops must improve if they are to stay on course.

With London Welsh already confirmed to finish bottom of the Aviva Premiership, most expected Wasps to run away with the game as they look to secure a top-six finish and with a place in next season's premier European competition.

But moments after half-time the hosts only trailed by four points as a Tristan Roberts penalty and an Opeti Fonua try kept the Exiles in the game after two Tom Varndell scores.

However, the visitors bucked their ideas up and Ashley Johnson dotted down before Varndell wrapped up his hat-trick.

Chris Elder then replied for London Welsh but Wasps replied with late scores for Sailosi Tagicakibau and Alapati Leiua to secure maximum points, although Young was far from satisfied with the 40-13 win.

"The performance was not anywhere near what we expect or what we set ourselves," he said.

"I suppose at the end of the day we've come away with five points and no injuries so we are pleased with that.

"But with performances like this we are not going to win too many games so we need to improve.

"We were on a hiding to nothing here really. If you win by a large margin people expect it. We scored 40 points but I still don't think the performance was anywhere near what we'd expect from ourselves.

"Next up we have Exeter, and we all know how well they've been playing, with another good win against Northampton.

"After that we have Leicester Tigers so two massive games on the way that could either cement us in the top six or put us under pressure."

As for London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips, he could not have been happier with the way his side fought against Wasps.

"The score did not reflect our performance in that game, or our contribution to the game," Phillips said.

"I thought, as a team, we were competitive, created opportunities and defended well. People will find that hard to believe when you've conceded 40 points but anyone who watched the game will see we contained whatever Wasps threw at us.

"We didn't get out of the game what we could have. We had opportunities to get more from the game."


From Belfast Telegraph