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Young targets major Wasps improvement to end Saracens unbeaten home run

Young targets major Wasps improvement to end Saracens unbeaten home run

Flanker Thomas Young has fond memories of the last time Wasps met Saracens but he insists it counts for nothing ahead of their first meeting of the new season.

Wasps were victorious 35-15 in front of over 30,000 fans at the Ricoh Arena back in May as Young scored a memorable hat-trick of tries.

Christian Wade and British & Irish Lion Elliot Daly also dotted down in Coventry as Wasps sealed top spot in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, and a home semi-final, with an emphatic victory.

And while Wasps continued their impressive form at the start of the new Aviva Premiership Rugby season they have lost their last three league games.

After seeing their unbeaten home record ended by Harlequins, the Coventry-based side were beaten by champions Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park before slipping to a 25-9 defeat to Bath in Round Five.

And Young knows how important it is for Wasps to get immediately back on track against double European champions Saracens before the Champions Cup returns next week.

“I have good memories from last season but that game has gone now,” Young said. “It was a massive game for us as a club to try and finish top of the league and I was lucky enough to get on the scoresheet.

“We have not quite performed like last season so we need to up our game – we know what a quality outfit Saracens are. It’s a tough league and anyone can beat anyone as we have seen in the first five rounds.

“It’s a massive game and we take one game at a time. We can’t look any further than next week, we need to put things right by doing all we can on the training pitch.”

Wasps have not lost four Premiership Rugby games in a row since March 2014 but Saracens are unbeaten in their last 17 home games in the league.

And Young knows there are plenty of areas for the injury-hit Wasps squad to improve upon before they travel down to Allianz Park on Sunday.

“Things didn’t go to plan (on Sunday) but we have had a good look at it and we know what to put right this weekend,” he added.

“We’ve put last week to bed and we are looking forward to it putting things right, do (properly) what we didn’t do well.

“We kept hold of the ball well went through phases but we have to be more clinical with the ball and play in the right areas.

 

“We like to keep hold of the ball and we need to do that again at the weekend and turn possession into points.

“It’s the same as any other game we look at their weaknesses and strengths as coaches and players and put together a game plan. We don’t treat it any differently.

“We know how challenging it will be but Saturday can’t come around quickly enough.

“Obviously injuries don’t help but every squad has them we cannot use that as an excuse. Everyone is good enough to do a job. As a squad, we’re looking forward to putting things right.”

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