Wasps end mis­er­able run with de­served vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

DAI YOUNG was a re­lieved man af­ter Wasps picked up only their sec­ond win in 14 matches with a de­served 27-16 vic­tory over Northamp­ton.

Josh Bas­sett, Juan De Jongh and Wil­lie Le Roux scored tries, with Lima Sopoaga con­vert­ing all three and kick­ing two penal­ties.

Direc­tor of rugby Young said: “It was just about the re­sult to­day as it was more im­por­tant than any­thing.

“We showed a lot of com­mit­ment and we are a qual­ity team when we get quick ball, but some of our kick­ing game was sloppy. We should have won more com­fort­ably.”

Joe Launch­bury re­turned af­ter a few months out with a knee in­jury to make a huge dif­fer­ence.

Young added: “You can’t un­der­es­ti­mate Joe’s sheer pres­ence and it was a real shot in the arm to have him back as he’s so im­por­tant to us.”

Launch­bury said: “It’s been ex­tremely frus­trat­ing watch­ing the boys, es­pe­cially when we are los­ing and I was chomp­ing at the bit to get back.”

Le­ices­ter head coach Ge­or­dan Mur­phy may be adding an­other name to his coach­ing staff at Welford Road soon, with Phil Blake a hot favourite.

For­mer Tigers and Wasps coach Blake was in the crowd as the Tigers wrapped up an im­pres­sive 34-16 bonus point vic­tory over Glouces­ter.

And af­ter­wards Mur­phy shed a lit­tle light on the as­sis­tant coach­ing role at Welford Road, ad­mit­ting: “We are look­ing.

“There is a lot made about Phil Blake be­ing at the game to­day and watch­ing and we will make an an­nounce­ment in the next week, when we are ready.”

Worces­ter boss Alan Solomons hailed his play­ers for hold­ing their nerve af­ter com­plet­ing an as­ton­ish­ing fight­back to beat 11man Bath at Sixways.

Wing Bryce Heem’s try and a match-win­ning con­ver­sion by Dun­can Weir came in the 19th minute of added time as Worces­ter claimed a 21-19 vic­tory hav­ing trailed 19-3 at half-time.

By that stage, Bath had four play­ers off the field for var­i­ous of­fences. Solomons said: “It went on and on and on, but the boys held their nerve and we even­tu­ally got the try and con­ver­sion.

“All’s well that ends well.”

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