We made it hard for ourselves - Wasps boss Dai Young

Dai Young saw his team do just enough to beat Bath
Dai Young saw his team do just enough to beat Bath

Wasps rugby director Dai Young expressed relief after his side managed to get away with a 26-31 win over Bath in the recently concluded Aviva Premiership clash at Recreation Ground on Friday.

Riding on a double from Marcus Watson and a touchdown from Dan Robson, Wasps went on to claim a 19 point lead. However, Watson's sin-bin in the 28th minute allowed the opening for Bath as the home side romped up two tries in a span of six minutes - one each from Rhys Priestland and Jack Wilson.

"The first 25 minutes was excellent but then there were a number of opportunities where the last pass didn't stick," Young said. "A little bit of indiscipline allowed Bath to get back in our half and, to be absolutely honest, our defence wasn't good enough.

"We made it hard for ourselves but Bath are owed credit too. They had opportunities and nailed them. Two yellow cards didn't help us.

"From our point of view, we played some great stuff on occasions and then we became a little bit casual."

Fullback Willie le Roux also was sin-binned in the second half but Wasps managed to resist a fightback from Todd Blackadder's side and went on to win the encounter by five points that saw them reach the second position in the table.

Young added: "There was plenty of endeavour from us in defence but we have to win a few more collisions than we did. Saying that, I don't want to put too much of a dampener on it. Getting a bonus-point win, we've got to be happy with that.

"If we can back up this performance next week against Saracens and we are comfortably in the top four then it's just a matter of maintaining our form and making sure we stay there till the end.

"We've shown what we can do with the ball. We need to show that we can play 'boring' on occasions and demonstrate a bit of patience."