Wasps end miserable run with deserved victory
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.”