Young hails Wasps' killer instinct

Christian Wade scores his second try of the match, Wasps v London Welsh, Aviva Premiership, Adams Park, Wycombe, November 16, 2014 Getty Images

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was delighted with his team's professionalism as they crushed London Welsh 71-7 at Adams Park.

The Exiles are propping up the Aviva Premiership table with just a single bonus point from seven defeats this term and Young was pleased with how his team kept their focus in a game they were overwhelming favourites to win.

"I was nervous coming into this match and I stressed to the players that we weren't to play too loosely," he said. "We responded as I wanted, playing with an excellent attitude to prove we have a killer instinct.

"We showed we have great quality in our squad and if we play like that we can trouble anyone."

Ashley Johnson and Christian Wade both scored a hat-trick of tries with Nathan Hughes crossing twice and Saliosi Tagicakibau, Joe Simpson and Tom Varndell all also going over while Andy Goode kicked six conversions with Alex Lozowski adding another two.

In response, the visitors could only manage a single try from replacement Ben Pienaar, which was converted by Will Robinson.

London Welsh have now conceded a mammoth 343 points in their seven league games and assistant coach Ollie Smith conceded that his side had no answers in High Wycombe.

"They were very big, physical and very dynamic," he said. "We lost most of the collisions and with a back row like that, none of whom are currently playing international rugby, it is tremendously difficult.

"We lost players through injury and conceded soft tries but there is no lack of effort in our squad and we are mentally proud to be in the Premiership."

Welsh had lost three players in the first quarter with Pablo Henn, Chris Hala'ufia and Nick Scott all departing. Smith admitted that the loss of those players had probably made little difference to the end result but confirmed that Henn may have snapped an Achilles with Hala'ufia okay before going through the head injury protocols.

Wasps moved up to fifth in the table following the victory but face a difficult fixture away at Exeter next Saturday. "I'm pleased to be where we are at present and want to finish in the top six," said Young. "Playing in Europe puts tremendous pressure on you.

"Exeter are out of it this year and are benefiting. I'm sure they will be a fresh side next weekend so it will be a far harder challenge."

James Haskell began the week in the England squad as cover for Tom Wood but was released in midweek and Young was delighted with his performance.

"James Haskell has been outstanding for us, he does a lot of unseen work at the breakdown and is devastating in the tackle," he said. "However I was especially pleased with youngsters, Elliot Daly and Joe Simpson, who both put in excellent performances."