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Wasps prepare for tough summer after winning European vote
DAI Young says there is an awful lot of work to do this summer after his team booked their place in next season’s Champions Cup with arguably their best performance under Young.
They won 20-6 in Paris to see off Stade Francais, turning the one point lead they earned into 15 overall with a performance of complete control from the first minute to the last.
Young said: “I thought that we were excellent today. It was probably the first time we have played for the full 80 minutes.
“We did very little wrong throughout the game and I certainly felt like we wanted it more than them today. The boys did themselves proud and I am really proud of their efforts today.
“It will make a huge difference in terms of prestige for the players, supporters and everyone involved with this club. It has probably been too long that we’ve been out of Europe’s top competition.”
Wasps crossed The Channel with just a one-point lead and weren’t fancied to hold onto it.
Young said: “We have talked a lot about composure and producing that complete performance, but coming through days like today is probably going to do more for the development of this team than anything else.
“We have let teams off the hook and ruined good performances with small spells of sloppiness throughout this season. Today we showed what we can do against a top team if we play for the full 80 minutes.”
“We would have been very unlucky if that game had gone against us after being disallowed three tries over the two legs, but we did enough to make sure that wasn’t a factor.
“We talked about that at half time, that we couldn’t look back at full time and blame those incidents. We had to make sure they didn’t influence the end result and I’m very proud of the boys as they did that.”
However, despite a clutch of key signings arriving during the summer, Wasps will do well to compete regularly in such exalted air next season.
Young said: “Let’s not kid ourselves; it is going to be a tough competition for us. We are certainly going to have to step up and match performances like today’s on a regular basis.
“We have gone from almost being relegated to eighth place last season, to seventh this year and qualifying for Europe. Next season we have to keep moving forward.
“We haven’t won anything and next season will be a massive challenge for us. We have a lot of work to do this summer.”
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