'Wasps' defence is a bit fragile' admits director of rugby Dai Young

Ben Coles
The Telegraph
Dai Young has voiced his concerns about the current state of the Wasps defence - Getty Images Europe
Dai Young has voiced his concerns about the current state of the Wasps defence - Getty Images Europe

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has admitted to concerns over his side’s defence, despite Wasps having won their last six Aviva Premiership matches ahead of facing Saracens on Sunday.

Last season’s finalists have conceded an average 25 points per game in their last three league wins over Leicester, Gloucester and Bath, with Young as a result describing Wasps’ defence as “a bit fragile”.

“We have started to leak too many points now and our defence is looking a bit fragile,” Young explained. "We have conceded 11 tries in our past three games, which is a concern without a doubt.

"Beforehand our defence looked far more aggressive and far more solid, but we seem to be leaking points at the moment.

“Yes, we are scoring tries, but I think we have had games [most recently against Bath] where for large parts we have dominated and should have won more comfortably.

<span>Bath's Anthony Watson breaks clear for Bath against Wasps on Friday</span>
Bath's Anthony Watson breaks clear for Bath against Wasps on Friday

“The law of averages tells you that if you allow teams to score that many points, the results are going to fall the other way.”

Wasps have scored 14 tries in that same three-game period with some outstanding attacking performances - largely thanks to the in-form trio of Dan Robson, Christian Wade and Willie le Roux - putting their early season slump behind them to climb to third in the table.

Young however is intent on the side shoring up their defence in order to avoid finding themselves in a shootout on a weekly basis.

"We are working hard on that in training,” admitted Young. “We do not want to be in a position where they score three tries, we score four, because you are going to come unstuck.

“Yes, I want to attack, and we have a good attacking team. But you do not want to have to score 40 points because the opposition are going to score 30.”

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