Aviva Premiership: Dai Young happy with Wasps response against London Irish

Last Updated: 30/11/13 7:16pm

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Dai Young happy with response from Wasps side

Dai Young happy with response from Wasps side

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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young praised his players for their response to a bad recent run as they beat London Irish 19-12 at the Madejski Stadium.

Last time out in front of their home fans at Adams Park, Wasps were convincingly beaten 28-5 by Bath, but the players responded to Young asking for more as they earned a first win in Reading since March 2008.

"It was nowhere near a perfect performance - we still made some mistakes, which put us under pressure - but I thought the players showed real courage and commitment to each other," Young said.

"They showed how much they wanted to get the victory with their display during those last three minutes on our line. If you give someone that amount of possession half a yard from your line it's probably easier to score than not.

"We were honest after last week. I expected a reaction. I wanted to see how much they wanted to wear the jersey and I thought they reacted really well. They showed the commitment and attitude I expect.

"There's still a lot of rugby to be played. It was an important game because everything is so tight.

"You win one game and you're sitting a little more comfortably and then you lose one game and you're looking over your shoulder. It was very important for us to keep ourselves in the mix."

Ojo landmark

James O'Connor and Shane Geraghty kicked all of London Irish's points as they failed to mark Topsy Ojo's 200th appearance for the club with a victory.

"It was very frustrating," London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith said. "They had a simple game plan and, to be fair to them, the mugged us on our own turf.

"They kicked long, they scrummed for penalties on their ball and they flooded the tackle area and you could just see the frustration as we couldn't get going.

"Uncharacteristically, we turned the ball over as well and made some handling errors, which we were flawless in last week.

"I felt it was probably our poorest performance of the season and to have that happen at home is disappointing."

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