Mar 09, 2015
Wasps boss hails Saracens tactical masterclass
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was full of praise for opponents Saracens, after his Wasps side were beaten 26-17 by the north Londoners at the Ricoh Arena.
Young saw his side race into a 17-3 lead after 15 minutes only for Saracens to score 23 unanswered points to win the game. Speaking in his post-match press conference, Young lavished praise on Saracens, describing Mark McCall’s side as “unique”.
“Saracens are a unique team,” said Young, “they don’t play a lot of rugby, so they also don’t make a lot of mistakes. You know what’s coming and you have to match it. Today we didn’t do that.
“We’re frustrated and disappointed as you’d imagine. We knew what to expect coming into this game, Saracens play a simple yet effective game plan - kick the ball in the air and chase really hard and during the first 20 minutes we defused their bombs. If you diffuse them, you can play off them, which was the case for the first 25 minutes."
He added: “Certainly after that we struggled and failed to deal with their aerial bombardment. We dropped the ball and they’re very good at squeezing you and getting things out of you if you don’t control the air, which we didn’t. I think we dropped four or five catchable kicks and made a number of handling errors, which put us under extra pressure. It’s frustrating but we need to lick our wounds and move on really."