Wasps gear up for home quarter-final

Elliot Daly scored a hat-trick against Viadana

Elliot Daly scored a hat-trick against Viadana

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WASPS director of rugby Dai Young said it was job done as his players finished off Pool Four with a ten-try rout of Viadana yesterday.

The black and golds will now host Gloucester in the last eight after their 64-17 home win.

He said: “Getting to the quarter-finals with a home draw was our goal, and we’ve achieved that.

“When the group was drawn I thought it was by the far the toughest group we’ve had, but going to France twice and getting two wins – we have have to be proud of our performance through this tournament.

“It’s up to us now. There are no easy games, but we’ll look forward to it.

“It was a great night last year against Leinster. They went on to win it, bu hopefully we can go a few stages further this season.”

However, Young has urged his players to raise their levels when the knockouts come around after a win over Viadana that didn't push the players at all.

He said: "We didn’t have intensity throughout the game. We got the bonus point early doors and I was pleased with the first 25 minutes, but pretty disappointed with the middle third.

“We lacked intensity and couldn’t get any tempo into our game. The game became very stop start, which suited them, and motivation was tough.

“But we still scored 60 points so I don’t want to knock the boys too much.

“It was a scruffy performance and a bit of a reality check. We’re not good enough to play well below our best and win games. We’re still not that good, that’s what I’ve said to the players.

“I’m not being disrespectful to Viadana, but if we’re playing teams in the Premiership and are as scruffy as that we’re not going to win.

“Let’s enjoy it. The boys did what they had to do and couldn’t have done much more.

“But we know we’ll have to be better against most teams we play.”

However, the victory was Wasps’ fourth in a row and seventh in eight in all competitions and suggests the team are getting into their stride at just the right time.

Young said: “We’re feeling like we’re getting a little bit of momentum now.

“We’ve had some good wins on the road and here and obviously everyone is feeling a little more comfortable.”

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