Dai Young: London Wasps will go all out at Stade Français
London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young promises his side will go all out for victory at Stade Français
Dai Young insists his team will be going all out to win against Stade Français in their Rugby Champions Cup qualification play-off second leg.
The London Wasps director of rugby knows a win of any sort will see his club achieve a place at next season’s top table in Europe and his players won’t be looking to sit back and defend a one-point lead after last week’s 30-29 win at Adams Park.
“If we go out there and think we are in a good position and just defend, then we will be on the wrong end of a good hiding,” said Young.
“They are a quality team with world stars and we are going to have to play to the best of our ability and score a lot of points to win.
“I’d like to think we will make fewer errors this week and everyone is working hard at that. A win last weekend was the most important thing for us. I think realistically, unless you have at least a 15 point lead, it doesn’t really change a lot.
“You always have to aim to go out there to win the game, and to be honest it makes things a lot clearer now. We know what we’ve got to do and we’ve just got to go over there and do it.”
Wasps head to the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris as team still in transition under Young’s leadership and the former Cardiff, Wales and British and Irish Lions prop believes they can come out on top despite inaccuracies which cost them in the first leg and poor defending that has seen them ship over 100 points in two matches.
“A lot of aspects of the game were very pleasing, but again it is frustrating when you work so hard to gain points and then you let some slip,” Young added.
“The lapses in concentration or accuracy have cost us throughout the season and I’m hoping this is something we have to go through as part of the development of the team and come out the other end. Two seasons ago, Harlequins went through something very similar and they came out the other end and have been a different team since.
“But, if we play for 80 minutes how we did in patches last weekend with ball in hand, I think it will be enough to be honest. We can score tries and cause them lots of problems, but we need to be very efficient without the ball and we can’t make the same mistakes defensively as we made at the weekend.”
The match may be one of the biggest in the club’s recent history, but they will have to do it without rising star Nathan Hughes who has returned to Fiji to get married.
“It is disappointing that Nathan won’t be with us, but these things happen in life and in fairness to him he organised the wedding before he even came here last summer,” Young said.
“He goes with our best wishes. We would love him to be part of it, but we understand it’s something that can’t be helped, especially as these play-offs were only organised in the last six weeks or so.
“But you can’t single out individual players in a game of this magnitude against a team like Stade Français, who have a huge squad, brimming with internationals.
“It will require a massive collective effort from us, with every player aiming to be at the top of their game. I am confident the boys can go out there and get the win we all want.”