Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has high hopes after victory at Harlequins

Last Updated: 09/02/13 11:40pm

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Dai Young optimistic for Wasps on and off the pitch

Dai Young optimistic for Wasps on and off the pitch

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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insisted his team were going places after they battled to a thrilling victory at Harlequins.

Tries from wing duo Tom Varndell and Christian Wade - and some poor kicking from Quins fly-half Nick Evans - guided the visitors to a 17-16 win and a second triumph on their travels this season to bounce back into the top four.

"There has been a lot of uncertainty off the field but I always had confidence that the people around the club would deliver and thankfully they've done that," said Young who confirmed investment in the club from an unnamed multi-millionaire was imminent.

"It makes it a great deal easier when you are getting results on the pitch. We had belief that we would have a better squad this year but we have surpassed expectations.

"Last season was just about survival. This season was about making some big strides forward and we started gaining belief and momentum from some of our home performances.

"And then we needed to back that up with some big wins away from home and they don't get much tougher or harder than a place like this."

Wasps led 14-0 with tries from Varndell and Wade, but Quins hit back with a Matt Hopper score and Evans missed a penalty with two minutes left that would have handed them victory.

"It's a disappointing loss as you want to win your home games but we gave them a 14-point lead at the start of the match and then you're chasing," said Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea.

"We got the rub of the green at the start of the season and then we didn't get it here, but that just shows how close this league is. We got ourselves back into it.

"We had plenty of ball, plenty of territory and plenty of opportunities but just couldn't seal it. That's what happens. Credit to them.

"We're very disappointed because we felt we had enough opportunity but the energy of the lead always stayed with them and we just couldn't get into the lead and that was quite telling."

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