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Aviva Premiership: Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young happy with win over Newcastle
I'm pleased because for long periods we had to defend and when we had chances we took them.
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Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young says the 17-12 win over Newcastle at Kingston Park proves his side are capable of rolling their sleeves up and grinding out results.
It was not a classic encounter in the wind and rain but Wasps did enough and were comfortably heading for victory at 17-5 until Newcastle's Will Welch grabbed a last-gasp try to salvage a losing bonus point for the Falcons.
"We are still a work in progress but we proved today that we can roll our sleeves up and battle it out," said Young.
"Newcastle is a difficult place to come but I'm pleased because for long periods we had to defend and when we had chances we took them."
"Last season we lived on scraps and there was only one way we could play. This season we've have to develop a different style and a lot of our X-factor players have been out for big parts of the season so we have had to be a little bit different and a bit more conservative in our approach and play the game a little bit tighter."
Newcastle boss Dean Richards lost two players to illness just before the game and two others had to play despite being ill.
"Not the best of preparation," said Richards. "And while I'm pleased with the bonus point, I'm not happy with our first half performance when we should have made better use of the wind.
"We just couldn't make it happen in the first half and that was very disappointing."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com