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Wasps 28-16 Worcester Warriors: Dai Young admits win is a monkey off our back for Wasps

Wasps 28-16 Worcester Warriors: Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admits bonus-point win is ‘a monkey off our back’

  • Wasps secured a 28-16 bonus-point victory against Worcester Warrors 
  • Wasps director of rugby Dai Young breathed a huge sigh of relief after the win 
  • Young was delighted with the way that his side responded under pressure 

Dai Young admitted the bonus-point victory was ‘a monkey off our back’ after Wasps piled on the misery for struggling Warriors and eased any of their own relegation concerns at the Ricoh Arena.

Director of Rugby Young breathed a huge sigh of relief as his side moved up to seventh in the Premiership and left Worcester still just three points above bottom placed Newcastle Falcons who lost at Saracens.

Young was delighted at the way his side responded under the pressure of being sucked further into trouble with England No8 Nathan Hughes grabbing two tries in what was a crucial victory for the hosts.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said the bonus-point win is 'a monkey off our back'

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said the bonus-point win is 'a monkey off our back'

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said the bonus-point win is ‘a monkey off our back’

Gaby Lovobalavu of Wasps is challenged by Francois Hougaard of Worcester Warriors

Gaby Lovobalavu of Wasps is challenged by Francois Hougaard of Worcester Warriors

Gaby Lovobalavu of Wasps is challenged by Francois Hougaard of Worcester Warriors

Nizaam Carr of Wasps is closed down during the Gallagher Premiership clash

Nizaam Carr of Wasps is closed down during the Gallagher Premiership clash

Nizaam Carr of Wasps is closed down during the Gallagher Premiership clash

The Welshman admitted: ‘This was a real monkey off our back. The boys were feeling the pressure a little bit and hopefully this will relieve a bit of it. We can now have one eye looking up but half an eye still aware of what is behind us.

‘We have two massive games coming up against the two best teams in the country and nobody will give us a chance against Saracens and Exeter who are clear of the rest of us so winning this one was crucial.

‘It was full of energy and it was one of our better performances. We could not have got more out of the game but we still do some silly things which frustrates me.’ 

Elliot Daly of Wasps attempts to make an impact against Worcester Warriors

Elliot Daly of Wasps attempts to make an impact against Worcester Warriors

Elliot Daly of Wasps attempts to make an impact against Worcester Warriors

Joe Launchbury of Wasps and Gareth Milasinovich of Worcester compete for the ball

Joe Launchbury of Wasps and Gareth Milasinovich of Worcester compete for the ball

Joe Launchbury of Wasps and Gareth Milasinovich of Worcester compete for the ball

Hughes grabbed two tries and produced a real power packed performance in front of a watching Eddie Jones. He opened the scoring and finished it while wing Marcus Watson and prop Zurabi Zhvania also crossed for the hosts. 

Flanker Sam Lewis grabbed a first half score for Warriors with Duncan Weir and Chris Pennell kicking the rest of the points.

Worcester Director of Rugby Alan Solomons was disappointed but insisted: ‘It’s a real blow because we should have got something from the game. However, we are still optimistic we can survive. We’ve four huge games left and must pick ourselves up now and be ready for Sale Sharks.’

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