Wasps moved back into the Premiership top four after a bonus point 32-21 victory against Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

The black and gold’s fourth straight win in Coventry – all of them producing bonus points – came courtesy of a man-of-the-match display from Thomas Young.

The flanker crossed twice with Rob Miller, Elliot Daly and Guy Thompson also scoring on a day when Wasps moved level on points with second placed Saracens and third placed Exeter.

Dai Young felt his side had ridden their luck during the match but felt that winning while they were not at their best was the most important aspect of the afternoon.

Director of rugby Young said: “We’re still not getting carried away. We were fourth in the league a couple of weeks ago but then picked up two points rather than the full four against Newcastle last Friday and ended up dropping to seventh, that’s how tight it is.

“We’re certainly in with a shout of top four, but top six is still our target. We’ll start talking about the top four if we’re still in the mix with a week or two left.

“Even a top six finish is tight. It can still go against us, but we’ve just got to keep picking up the points and we’ll worry about the league standings in the latter stages.”

Gloucester made all the early running and took a 10-0 lead early on as James Hook kicked a penalty before the Welshman added a conversion after Ross Moriarty had touched down on the left.

Young’s first try, which was converted by Andy Goode, got the hosts on the board before Hook was on target from the tee once again as the visitors looked to be heading toward a half-time lead.

But it was the home side, roared on by 14,056 people at the Ricoh Arena, who led at the break as Miller collected a pass from Tom Varndell to charge over before Daly went over on the right after Christian Wade had accelerated away down the touchline.

Goode missed both conversion attempts, but the fly-half found his mark just a minute into the second half after Young went steaming over the line following Ashley Johnson’s break.

Hook reduced the deficit by three before Henry Purdy capitalised on the visitors’ numerical advantage – James Downey was sin binned for a deliberate knock-on – to score despite Wade’s last ditch attempt to force him into touch.

Just as it looked like Gloucester had all the momentum, Goode landed a penalty to put Wasps six clear before Thompson secured the win with the hosts’ fifth try of the day.

Reflecting on his son’s display Young said: “I don’t know where Thomas gets his pace from, but it’s certainly not from me! He’s worked very hard to get an opportunity in the team.

“When you’ve got the likes of Ashley Johnson, Guy Thompson and Sam Jones and all these quality players, he’s done well to get a start. I felt he deserved his Man of the Match award. I was pleased for him but when we’re at work he is just one of the squad same as anyone else.”