Wednesday 22 November 2017

Young cocky after Wasps sting Stade

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insists a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup beckons after the English side beat Stade Francais 30-29 in the home leg of the qualification play-off.

The first leg of the race to secure the 20th and final spot among Europe's elite reached a dramatic climax at Adams Park when a penalty by Andy Goode snatched victory as the final whistle blew.

Only seven minutes earlier centre Waisea Vuidravuwalu ran in to put Stade on the brink of victory, but Wasps replied with a desperate do-or-die assault that forced their opponents offside and Goode obliged from the tee.

The second leg takes places in Paris on Saturday and Young believes Wasps will also triumph at the Stade Jean-Bouin.

"I always felt we'd have to win both games to go through. I never felt we'd have a huge lead leaving Adams Park to go and sit back on," Young said.

"It would be very dangerous to sit back against a team of their quality. Beating them makes a difference to the psyche – we're 1-0 up."

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