Young admits relief after vital win
April 1, 2012
Wasps coach Dai Young admitted his relief after his side defeated Gloucester © Getty Images
Wasps coach Dai Young admitted that he was a relieved man after Elliot Daly's penalty from halfway gave them a 26-24 Aviva Premiership triumph over Gloucester.
The young centre's intervention at the death gave Wasps an eight-point lead over bottom club Newcastle prior to their meeting at Adams Park on the final day of the season, with Nick Robinson having earlier missed four kicks at goal.
"The game has put three to four years on me," he said. "We won it four times and lost it three. We were in a commanding position at 23-10 but then we tried to commit suicide.
"We kicked poorly and allowed them to get their offload game going. I thought the game was up when Nicky Robinson missed those penalties but Elliot's kick was massive for us and gives us a bit of a cushion in the relegation battle."
Young confirmed that Daly was unable to take over the kicking full time due to a knee problem.
"Daly has a problem in that he has a slight niggle with his knee and that's why we can't use him more as a kicker as he wouldn't be able to finish the games. We can only use him if it's really necessary, which it was and in any event the kick was out of Robinson's range," he said.
Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath was disappointed with his side's performance, adding: "I'm very frustrated. We don't seem to have the composure and understanding to close out a game, we try to play too much in our 22.
"Certain parts of our game are not good enough and that's about five times this season we have thrown away games in the last five to 10 minutes. We didn't play massively well but should have won the game and it's another one that has slipped away from us."
Gloucester's qualification for next season's Heineken Cup now hangs in the balance.
"Fortunately the four sides in the middle of the table all lost and we have two home games to come, including Newcastle next who will be scrapping for their lives, so it's still all to play for," Redpath said.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Tom Hamilton talks to World Cup-winning captain John Smit about life after rugby, his fears over the South African exodus and the World Cup
The reopening of the openside debate, a dominant wolf-pack and a sublime performance in defeat - Monday Maul looks at the weekend's talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship alongside the best photographs from around the domestic game
Amy Perrett, the Australian referee who whistled the Women's Rugby World Cup final after handling only six Tests, talks to Jamie Lyall