Young not getting carried away
September 11, 2011
London Wasps wing Christian Wade is congratulated after one of his three tries at Adams Park © Getty Images
London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young warned his players to keep their feet on the ground after they registered the second successive win of the new Aviva Premiership season by defeating Leicester Tigers 35-29 at Adams Park on Sunday.
Wasps kicked off their campaign with a stirring victory over defending champions Saracens at Wembley last weekend and they followed that up by seeing off last season's runners-up in a thrilling encounter, with wing Christian Wade helping himself to a hat-trick and scrum-half Nic Berry crossing once.
Young was understandably enthused by his side's performance at Adams Park but, afterwards, he was doing his utmost to keep his players' emotions in check, labelling his side a "work in progress".
"You have to be realistic," Young said. "Nobody goes into a game thinking anything other than why you can win. But you do feel good about winning games likes the ones we've won.
"You can be over the moon as long as you accept that both were also games we could have lost. I am aware of that and so are the squad. Last season's stats show that Wasps had the worst lineout and the worst scrum which is why they finished ninth. So we are a work in progress, working to improve."
However, Young was full of praise for Wade, who was making just his sixth appearance for the Wasps first team after graduating from the club's academy.
"Christian is a rare commodity in the game," the former Cardiff Blues boss said. Give him the ball and people shift to the edge of their seats in anticipation. Considering his age, that is very impressive. But he is very new to this level and we'll make sure he is brought along at a sensible pace."
Meanwhile, Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill was quick to look on the bright side, even though the Tigers are now 0 from 2 following their shock reversal at home to Exeter Chiefs last weekend.
"It was a good game," he said. "I'm pleased with the lads because there's losing and then there's losing after playing well. Had we been a bit smarter near the end, used lineouts to our advantage, we could have come away winners, but the lads put in a lot of good work. We are disappointed because we needed to be a bit more composed on the ball.
"They tell me this is the first time we have lost the first two games of a Premiership season, so I guess I'm setting records of some kind. But if we continue showing this work ethic the wins will come."
Cockerill also took some consolation out of the fact that a late penalty from Billy Twelvetrees, who scored all of the visitors' points, ensured that the Tigers did not leave Adams Park empty handed.
"We all know that Billy is a quality player and he did ever so well to step up at the end and kick that goal to make sure we went home with at least a point. We deserved the point, but were punished for making too many errors."
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