Young proud of beaten Wasps


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young graciously acknowledged Saracens were worthy winners of Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final, while hailing the admirable efforts of his own side.

Saracens recovered from the setback of conceding a second-minute try to claim a deserved 24-17 victory at the Madejski Stadium and a second final appearance in three years.

While Mark McCall's men can look forward to a meeting with either Leicester Tigers or Racing 92 in Lyon next month, Wasps' sole focus will now be on the Premiership, in which they sit second behind Saracens with both teams having already secured semi-final places.

Yet Young was keen to highlight Wasps' efforts in simply reaching the last four of the Champions Cup, after being pooled with Toulon, Bath and Leinster prior to beating Exeter Chiefs 25-24 in a thrilling quarter-final.

"I'm really proud of this group [of players], we have come out of the group of death, edged Exeter out and pushed Saracens all the way," Young was quoted as saying by Wasps' official website.

"I've said to the boys to pull our heads up and push our chests out. We didn't quite have enough today, but the players have done the club proud.

"Of course I'm disappointed, especially for the players, but I think in fairness Saracens deserved it. We really struggled to get our game going due to their intensity and defence, but I think you have seen our spirit again here.

"Overall, Sarries probably had a bit more experience at this level and you could see that, but these are great days to learn from and hopefully will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season and Premiership campaign.

"We have a long way to go this season and we have another shot at a title to come. We've got to dust ourselves off now."