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Young: Wasps have to beat Newcastle

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young conceded his side were lucky to come away from the Recreation Ground with a losing bonus point, courtesy of four Nicky Robinson penalties, in a 17-12 defeat to Bath.

That precious point was gifted by Bath replacement fly-half Sam Vesty, who was ambushed by Tom Varndell while prematurely celebrating what would have been Bath's fourth try two minutes from time. Bath cut loose after the break, scoring tries through Lee Mears, Stephen Donald and Nick Abendanon.

Young said: "I'm disappointed with our first 20 minutes in the second half which caused us all sorts of problems and got Bath back in front. But in the end we have to say we were quite lucky to come away with a losing bonus point."

It leaves Newcastle with a much more difficult task when the Aviva Premiership's two bottom teams meet at Adams Park on May 5. The visitors will need a sizeable win while denying Wasps a bonus point.

"We just have to win. It's in our hands," said Young of the game against the Falcons. "Basically, if Newcastle come and win by that margin they deserve to stay up. Let's be honest about it. If we don't win our own game and the other team win by 24 points, we have to look at ourselves really."

Wasps led 9-0 at half-time and looked more than capable of winning at Bath, which would have ended the argument there but Bath rediscovered their form with three second-half tries.

"First half we kept it simple," said Young. "We were in control and we needed a very strong second half, especially the first 20 [minutes]. We talked at half-time about not becoming ragged or loose.

"Bath have got a lot of strike runners and if you give them space and loose ball, they are going to cause you problems. That's exactly what happened. We gave them a chance to get their tails up. They're a quality team - everyone knows that."

Bath's outgoing director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan said: "Five points today would have been very good. But we've got a lot of things right here - I know some people may not think that.

"Sometimes it's been the ball going the wrong side of a post which has cost us four wins."


From Belfast Telegraph