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Wasps win founded on defence
WASPS had to make 127 tackles to withstand Leicester Tigers at Adams Park this afternoon, and director of rugby Dai Young says it felt like he made 126 of them.
The black and golds beat the defending champions 22-12 but the match was settled in the ten minutes after half time, when Tigers were 13-9 down but exerting all-out pressure on a Wasps pack reduced to seven men by Carlos Festuccio's yellow card.
Young said: "That period where we put ourselves under pressure with that yellow card was the difference between winning and losing that game.
"We showed huge effort to keep them out and the defence stood up, even when we lost our shape. The sheer desire and commitment to hold out was outstanding."
Wasps finally cleared their lines and then put Tigers to the sword with two astute Andy Goode drop goals to ease his side into a 19-9 lead.
Young said: "You've just got to keep that scoreboard ticking over. When we brought Andy to the club I felt that we need that experience and know-how about how to win games. He certainly did it today and we kept our noses in front.
"But I never felt that game was safe until the last three minutes. I thought if they had field position it was always going to be a struggle for us, but to keep our run of victories going was very important.
"We were under pressure up front, we knew it was going to be a step up today and a lot of our younger players will have learnt a hell of a lot from playing against seasoned internationals.
"But it was always going to be about the result not the performance today. We had to find a way to win."
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