Wasps are getting used to the big stage

Sun, 07 May 2017 11:04
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PREMIERSHIP REACTION: Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is hoping his side are finally getting used to the 'big occasions', after finishing top of the Premiership Rugby pile with a resounding 35-15 victory over Saracens.

In front of over 30 000 people at the Ricoh Arena, the star-studded Coventry outfit were on top throughout and booked themselves a home semifinal berth against Leicester Tigers with a bonus-point triumph.

Young’s son Thomas was the star of the show, with the flank crossing for a sublime hat-trick, but Christian Wade also made the headlines by scoring and equalling Dominic Chapman’s 1998 record for number of tries in a 22-game Premiership Rugby season.

Elliot Daly also went around the outside of Jamie George to put gloss on the win – meaning Ben Spencer’s double was in vain for Sarries – while even more pleasingly for Wasps boss Young, Willie Le Roux and Kurtley Beale were back to their effervescent best and were a menace throughout.

"Although I’m absolutely delighted to finish top of the league, I always felt it was in doubt," he said.

"You can see we’re not used to the big occasions, but the more of them you play in, the more comfortable you get.

"Your big players have to stand up and have big games otherwise you’re probably going to come up a little short.

"I had to pump Willie Le Roux’s tyres up in the week and Kurtley Beale’s as well. We’re all human; one or two bad games doesn’t make them a bad player overnight.

"Kurtley was outstanding today and Willie looked a different level. Danny Cipriani also did really well and Jimmy Gopperth rarely has a poor game.

"The forward effort was excellent, there was nothing to worry us up-front. Our exits were far better than they were last week. It was a far better performance,"

Young’s second score – just before half-time – was Wasps’ 86th in the league this season, beating Newcastle Falcons’ Premiership Rugby record (set in 1997/98) for scores in a 22-game campaign.

Saracens meanwhile looked off-colour all day, and must now travel to Exeter Chiefs in their semi-final, where director of rugby Mark McCall insists they will have to cut out the errors.

He said: "I thought Wasps definitely deserved to win the game.

"I think our effort was good but we made a lot of mistakes. They are not the kind of team you want to make handling errors against and they are the best broken-field team in the competition.

"We were hanging on for a while but our effort meant we were always in the fight and with 20 minutes to go it was an interesting game, but we continued to make the errors we made and they eventually pulled away,"

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Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 52 | 24
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
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Team P W D L Pts
Exeter Chiefs 10 8 0 2 40
Gloucester 10 7 0 3 32
Saracens 10 6 0 4 31
Bath 10 6 0 4 30
Wasps 10 6 0 4 29
Leicester Tigers 10 6 0 4 28
Harlequins 10 5 0 5 24
Newcastle Falcons 10 5 0 5 24
Sale Sharks 10 4 0 6 23
Northampton Saints 10 4 0 6 22
Worcester Warriors 10 2 0 8 14
London Irish 10 1 0 9 8