DAI Young praised his team’s spirit as they overcame a 13-3 interval deficit to register a rare victory over Exeter Chiefs yesterday.
They needed a last-gasp drop goal to complete the turnaround after a spirited second half showing.
Young said: “I thought as a team we showed a lot of character and determination to get home against a very good Exeter team.
“That’s the first time I’ve beaten Exeter since I’ve been here so I’m pretty pleased to get over the line.”
It didn’t look likely at half time though, by which point Wasps were ten points down and their scrum was an acute pressure point.
Young said: “We were extremely poor in the first half. We’d had a pretty good month leading into this game but I thought we let ourselves down in the first 40.
“Exeter played at a pace that we weren’t comfortable with and it took us at least 20 minutes to get up to pace.
“But we caused ourselves a lot of problems because although we tried to play, we weren’t accurate enough and never really had a foothold in Exeter’s half to ask questions.
“We had penalites on the half way line and went for the kicks when we’d probably have been better off kicking for the corner and trying to build some continuity.”
Andy Goode’s erratic kicking stands out, but Young believes there were a few more culprits in black and gold.
He said: “In the first half we had quite a few poor individual performances. We spoke about it at half time and I expected a response, but to win the second half 16-3 was a big turnaround.”