Wasps boss Dai Young: "We got what we deserved"

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted that his side's interest in Europe was over after their 33-28 last minute loss at Harlequins.

The black-and-golds had raced into a 21 point lead in the first-half but were made to pay for a leaky defence which conceded three tries in the last 15 minutes.


Young's men also had flanker James Haskell sent off in the defeat for a dangerous tackle in what turned into a heartbreaking night at The Stoop.

And Wasps' boss was under no illusions that his team can no qualify for the knock-out stages, despite it being mathematically possible.

"I think Europe's over for us yes," he said, "I've said coming into these two games I think we have to win both games.

"I thought we maybe needed nine points and the two points we got tonight isn't good enough. But that won't change my focus going into next week.

"We're at the Ricoh so we want to win whatever it may be. If a miracle happens happy days but they don't tend to happen too much in Coventry.

"We should have been comfortable and seen the game out but we found a way to lose. That's a hugely disappointing factor for us."

Young pointed to his side's appetite to defend when under pressure after, a theme that has surfaced in recent weeks.

"I think we got what we deserved at the end," Wasps' boss added, "we'd won that game three times. We made some really basic errors.

"We kicked out on the full, kicked the ball away when we didn't need to, and that's not one person, that was five or six guys. We showed a lack of appetite to defend.

"We're not making teams work hard enough for their points and teams are scoring points against us far too easily. We've been lucky in past three or four games.

"If we want to be one of the best teams in Europe and the Premiership, saving a try is just as important as scoring a try."

asps lost centre Kyle Eastmond, who has suffered an injury hit season since returning in November, after 55 minutes, but Young was confident this was just pre-cautionary.

"Kyle was struggling in the last couple of weeks on the injury front," he said, "so I was really pleased to get 50 minutes out of him.

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