Dai Young was far from impressed with Wasps after the 25-18 win over Sale
Last Updated: 24/12/12 11:31am
Dai Young: Felt that Wasps let their standards slip in the win over Sale
Director of rugby Dai Young admitted that Wasps produced their worst performance for weeks as they laboured to a 25-18 win over struggling Sale.
T Rhys Thomas claimed the hosts' only try as they made it eight competitive wins out of eight at Adams Park this season, but they were forced to grind out a result against the Aviva Premiership's bottom side.
"We found a way to win but there is still a lot of improvement to find."
"We were below par and that's the worst we've played in the last four-to-six weeks. We found a way to win but there is still a lot of improvement to find. If we had played one of the top four in the Premiership today we would have come unstuck," he said.
"However, it's a measure of how far we've come as last season we would have been incapable of playing poorly and still winning."
Young felt that Billy Vunipola produced one of the rare impressive displays for his team and tipped the Wasps number eight for international honours with England.
"Billy was outstanding for us, he's been in that vein all season. It's hard to believe he's only 20 and I believe he's ready for an England call-up as he won't let anyone down," he said.
Sale suffered a 10th defeat in 11 Premiership matches, but boss John Mitchell tried to look for some positives in his assessment of the match.
"The bonus point has pushed us closer to London Irish just above us. They are just in front of us and not a long way off so we have our destiny and we have to deal with what's in front of us," he said.
"We left nine points out there with missed kicks, there was a soft breach in our defence for their try and their kicking game was better than ours with our 9-10 and 15 letting us down there as their execution wasn't good enough."
Asked about the omission of Danny Cipriani from the Sale line-up, Mitchell said: "He has to improve his defence. Last week against Toulon he defended for 35 minutes and then chose not to do so.
"He was not the only player to receive bad news so if he improves his defence he will come back into contention."