Castres vs Wasps match report: Dai Young tells Wasps to put heat on leading pair

Castres 17 Wasps 32

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The Independent Online

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has warned his side to guard against complacency after their bonus-point European Champions Cup victory over Castres, insisting that the job is “only half done”.

A penalty try and touch-downs from Rob Miller, Nathan Hughes and Sailosi Tagicakibau were enough for Wasps to win the battle of Pool Two’s bottom sides, while Andy Goode added 12 with his boot.

Mathieu Bonello and Rémi Lamerat crossed over for the hosts in reply but it was not enough to stop Wasps, who can now target Harlequins and Leinster above them in the group.

“We knew coming into these two games that we would have to win them to go into the last two games with any realistic possibility of qualifying,” Young said. “Obviously, we have got to back this up next week [at home to Castres]. If we can front up again next week, it gives us a real chance going into the next two rounds.”

Despite his caution, Young was understandably pleased with Wasps’ victory in difficult conditions in south-west France.

He said: “It was nowhere near a perfect performance, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half, when I thought we became very loose.

“But I thought the defence was really good and the set-piece gave us a platform to control the pitch. With the conditions as they were, it was pretty much all about winning the territorial battle.”

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