He’s not an emotional man but even Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted he found a first victory at the Ricoh Arena overwhelming as his side stormed past London Irish.
Andy Goode was the hero on a record-breaking afternoon – the fly-half scoring 33 points for a new Aviva Premiership Rugby individual points record.
That was in front of an incredible attendance of 28,254, which again was a new Aviva Premiership record for a home crowd.
Tries from Joe Simpson, Goode, Elliot Daly and Andrea Masi secured a bonus-point 48-16 win and Young insists his side’s more direct second-half display got the result it deserved.
“I’m not an emotional man but I did feel a bit emotional before the game because two years ago we weren’t far from going bust,” said Young.
“So to see the crowd here and playing at a fantastic stadium that we can call home shows we have come a long way.
“I thought we were very edgy in the first half, we were snapping at the ball and couldn’t get our game going really but thankfully in the last 20 minutes we started to pull away.
“We were too lateral first half and were not getting much penetration so we decided to keep it much tighter and keep it simple and more direct to get that penetration before sending it wide and that paid off for us.”
Ill-discipline played a large part in Irish’s downfall as they conceded 20 penalties throughout the game, while David Paice’s yellow card in the second half proved costly with Wasps running in two tries.
That is now six defeats in a row for Irish in the Aviva Premiership, who next face bottom side London Welsh on Boxing Day, and director of rugby Brian Smith insists his side must improve.
"It is very disappointing. We have a very frustrated group of players,” said Smith.
“We spoke at half-time and we knew the game would come down to penalties and it was a matter of making sure you were in the right field position.
"The penalty count did not help. It was one try apiece until we got a yellow card, then it got pretty messy at the back end.
"I don't want to take anything away from Wasps. This is their party. From a coaching point of view the boys stepped up and did what we asked them to do.
"All that Wasps possession wears you down. Fair play to them. They have a terrific stadium here and terrific team and we just have to cop it on the chin and move on."
Wasps: Masi, Wade, Daly, Bell (Miller 12), Tagicakibau, Goode (Lozowski 73), Simpson (Davies 72), Mullan (McIntyre 67), Shervington (Lindsay 71), Cooper-Woolley (Cittadini 50), Davies, Gaskell (Myall 63), Johnson, Haskell, Hughes (Jones 63)
London Irish: Homer, Ojo, Griffin, Sheridan, Fenby, Geraghty, Steele (Allinson 50), Court (Halavatau 72), Paice, Cross (Aulika 50), Skivington, Cox (Leo 50), Sinclair, Cowan (Allen 62 (Gilsenan 72)), Narraway
Replacements not used: Noakes, Lewington
Tries: Simpson, Goode, Daly, Masi
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode 8
Penalties: Homer 3
Referee: Tom Foley
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