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Match Reaction: Wasps 32 Gloucester Rugby 21


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is refusing to get carried away after his side moved into the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four thanks to a 32-21 victory over Gloucester Rugby.

It was Wasps’ fourth bonus-point win from four league games at the Ricoh Arena, having run in 18 tries and conceded just four at their new fortress.

Wasps had to do it the hard way after being under pressure for most of the first half, but late tries from Rob Miller and Elliot Daly gave them an unlikely lead at half-time, after Ross Moriarty and Tom Young exchanged earlier scores.

And after Young went over again just after the interval to seal the bonus point, Guy Thompson also came off the bench to join the party and move Wasps’ level on points with second-placed Saracens and Exeter Chiefs in third.

It was a successful day in more ways than one for Wasps, who also confirmed they had seen over 100,000 fans come through the gates over their six games at the Ricoh so far.

But despite seeing his son charge over for a double and named man-of-the-match, Young chose instead to focus on a sloppy overall performance.

"Something we have talked about is to keep our home record in the Premiership intact, which is hugely important for us,” he said.

"But I have to be honest, it was a pretty scrappy performance from us. We were very ordinary in parts but to come away with a win, let alone a bonus-point win, I am really pleased.

"Yet we have to be honest with ourselves and, while we showed glimpses of some good stuff, we were sloppy and put a lot of pressure on ourselves as well. We know we have to be better than that.

“People keep talking to me about being in the top four. Forget about that. It is so tight that top six is a mountain to climb.

“Last week, we had a draw in Newcastle and went from fourth to seventh. My concern is to do everything to get into that top six and that is still not a gimmie.”

It could very easily have been a different story for the visitors who should have scored more points in the first-half, and had two tries ruled out by the TMO over the 80 minutes.

And Gloucester’s director of rugby David Humphreys admitted his side were lacking the killer instinct that perhaps would have seen them over the line on another day.

He said: “We lacked composure and when opportunities come, Wasps are probably one of the best in the league at finishing off small chances.

“We just have not got that killer edge yet and that is something we want to work on.

"It has been a difficult week for Jonny May but credit to him, he has come into our group and brought huge enthusiasm to training.

“He was looking forward to playing today and he nearly set us up for a typical Gloucester try from nothing.”
Wasps: Miller, Wade (Tagicakibau 60), Daly, Downey, Varndell, Goode, Simpson (Weepu 74), Mullan (McIntyre 69), Festuccia (Shervington 50), Cooper-Woolley (Swainston 50), Cannon, Gaskell (Myall 60), Johnson, Young (Thompson 64), Hughes.
Replacements not used: Lozowski.
Gloucester Rugby: Sharples, May, Atkinson, Meakes, Purdy (Burns 73), Hook, Robson (Braley 73), Murphy (Thomas 42), Dawidiuk (Lutui 67), Afoa (Puafisi 69), Savage, Palmer (Hudson 67), Moriarty (Evans 50), Kvesic (Rowan 69), Kalamafoni.
Tries: Young 2, Miller, Daly, Thompson
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Moriarty, Purdy
Conversions: Hook
Penalties: Hook 3
Attendance: 14,096
Referee: Wayne Barnes (149th Premiership game).

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