Thomas Young looking to improve on winning run
As Wasps prepare to host Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, Thomas Young says there’s still a lot of room for the team to continue improving.
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Currently sitting top of the Aviva Premiership table, Wasps are in a good place, but Young is keen to emphasise that he and his teammates are still very much a work in progress and they must continue to improve if they are to stay top of the pile.
"We’re on a good run at the minute but there’s always things that need to be worked on and to stop leaking tries has definitely been a big focus for us. We’re working hard to put that right on the training pitch and is a big work-on ahead of this weekend.
"We’re very hard on ourselves as a group and when we come back into training on a Monday there’s a real desire to put things right that maybe didn’t go so well at the weekend. We have to keep improving to be able to put pressure on the teams around us.
Wasps return to the Ricoh Arena this Sunday for the first game of 2017, having secured an unbeaten home record in 2016 and Young says that playing at home is always a big source of energy for the team.
“We pride ourselves on our home form, since we’ve moved up to the Ricoh Arena, the crowds we’ve been getting are amazing and that’s massive for us. Going into every home game it’s a massive focus of ours because of the crowds we’re getting there, it’s a huge chance for us to put pressure on the teams around us by turning the Ricoh into a bit of a fortress. It definitely gives the team a bit of a lift and is something to take pride in.”
With 15 appearances already this season, Young has strung together a number of impressive performances in black and gold that have had him touted for a role in the red shirt of Wales. However, the 24-year-old says he is totally focused on playing well for Wasps.
“Every player wants to play for their country but we all know that comes from playing well for your club. That’s all I’m focused on. You can’t take your eye off the ball here because, we have so many good players that you have one bad game and you’re out of the matchday 23, so I have no choice but to focus on playing well for Wasps every week. The squad we have, there’s so much pressure that we put on each other for starting places that whoever plays in the game will be looking to take their opportunity and keep hold of that place.
“The way that we play here at Wasps really suits me and I’m loving it. The backs we’ve got, once they’re put into a bit of space, it’s difficult to keep up with them. I enjoy doing the support work around the park and we do a fair amount on it during the week, little speed blocks with our strength and conditioning coaches. It’s something that I pride myself on, something that I enjoy doing and the way I want to play I have to stay on top of that and keep it a part of my game.
Despite currently sitting top of the table, Young insists that the team’s focus is still maintaining a place in the top-six and securing European qualification for next season, and when you look at how tight the table is that comes as no surprise.
“As a squad we have to make sure we cement ourselves as a top-six side. That’s been our focus from the start of the season and the league is so tight that we don’t feel we’ve anywhere near achieved that. We have to make sure that every game we go into we prepare well, focus on ourselves and make sure we perform every week, because the league is so tight and one loss could send you down the table. We have to stay focused, cement ourselves in the top six and as the season goes on we can see what happens from there.”
Wasps against Tigers is an age-old rivalry and, with Wasps’ move to the Midlands, the competitive nature of the clash has only been heightened. Young says that fact is not lost on the players, but they must focus on the 80 minutes out on the field.
“It’s always been a massive game and obviously now it's a local derby now. We have no choice but to focus on ourselves going into it. We all know it’s a big game in terms of the two sides, league position and the supporters who will be at the game, but we have to focus on producing the best performance we can. We’ve been in big games before as a group and we have to use everything we’ve learned from those on occasions like this one.”
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