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Young - Room for improvement

Wasps boss admits bonus point win over Exiles was flattering

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Young - Room for improvement

Dai Young: Believes his side were fortunate to achieve bonus point win

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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young had mixed reflections after his side gave their new owners a bonus-point winning start with a 43-14 victory over London Irish.

The home side turned an 11-9 half-time deficit into a runaway win on Saturday afternoon but Young was still not overly-impressed with his team's performance.

He said: "First half was pretty disappointing. Up front we failed to get any platform in the scrum and lineout.

"We were second best in most departments. In attack we failed to hold the ball for any length of period to build any pressure and momentum.

"Coming in at half-time, the dressing room wasn't a very happy place to be. We had to step up in every department and we did. The second half we looked a completely different team.

"We were far more potent with the ball in hand, defensively we looked far stronger and the forwards stepped up. We looked a far more complete team. I thought we deserved to win but the bonus point probably flattered us."

Brian Smith, the London Irish director of rugby, added: "There's no reason to panic. It's early doors in this competition.

"We went in with our tails in front at half-time but we dropped off the pace 55 minutes into the game. That's really disappointing. But we have to cop it on the chin."

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