‘We’re out’ – Young ac­cepts Euro­pean cam­paign over as Wasps lose their way at home

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Champions Cup - By Gary Fitzger­ald at the Ri­coh Arena

Dai Young con­ceded de­feat in his side’s lat­est bid for Euro­pean glory as Wasps failed to de­liver the win­ning blow in what the direc­tor of rugby had claimed would be a “knock­out game”. In­deed, it was their French op­po­nents who were more phys­i­cal and clin­i­cal at the Ri­coh Arena with Toulouse mak­ing it three wins in a row and stay­ing at the top of Pool 1.

As for Wasps, who let a 13-10 half­time lead slip away, they must some­how re­group and try to turn the ta­bles in the re­turn clash in France next week­end and keep strug­gling on.

How­ever, a de­jected Young ad­mit­ted: “We’re out – it’s as sim­ple as that. If you’re not go­ing to win your home games that’s pretty much it.

“We won’t change our fo­cus, we still go out to France next week look­ing to give it our best shot and there’s no rea­son why we can’t go there and per­form and get some­thing out of that game.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to go out. It was al­ways a tough group, but the min­i­mum re­quire­ment was for us to go into the Le­in­ster game with an op­por­tu­nity for it to be in your hands.

“We haven’t been good enough. We’ve played against some good teams and should have beaten Bath. Le­in­ster were too good for us on the day.

“And Toulouse had a lit­tle bit more than us. We let our­selves down with the tries, two easy tries and we need to be bet­ter with the ball.

“We missed sim­ple tack­les and you have to be bet­ter than that, cer­tainly in any com­pe­ti­tion let alone the Euro­pean Cup, so that re­ally hurt us. We didn’t get enough of the ball, strug­gled for real pen­e­tra­tion, which forced us into panic rugby, chaos rugby, a lot of loose passes.”

Young was also left curs­ing an­other in­jury to Eng­land No8 Nathan Hughes, who limped out of the con­test af­ter less than 20 min­utes with a hip in­jury af­ter be­ing slammed to the ground by gi­ant Toulouse lock Joe Tekori.

Hughes had early been the vic­tim of a neck tackle onto his back which rat­tled the big No8 who re­turned to in­ter­na­tional ac­tion for Eng­land against Aus­tralia af­ter miss­ing the open­ing three games of the au­tumn cam­paign.

He will now be as­sessed by the med­i­cal staff at the Ri­coh ahead of next week’s game in France but Wasps will cer­tainly need his phys­i­cal pres­ence if they are to keep their very slim chances of qual­i­fy­ing alive.

Even Toulouse be­ing down to 14 men on two oc­ca­sions yes­ter­day failed to let Wasps gain a grip of things with the visitors de­ter­mined to keep their re­mark­able run of re­sults and form go­ing.

Ly­ing sec­ond in the Top 14, they are look­ing gen­uine Euro­pean con­tenders.

Fly-half Lima Sopoaga kicked Wasps ahead but a su­perb solo try from wing Ch­es­lin Kolbe and then Thomas Ramos’s boot edged Toulouse in front.

The visitors lost prop Maks van Dyk sin-binned for a dan­ger­ous hit on hooker Tom Cruse and Wasps cap­i­talised with lock Will Row­lands crash­ing

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