Young relieved as Wasps return to winning ways

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London (AFP)

Dai Young was proud of his Wasps side as they won for just the second time in 14 matches with a 27-16 victory over Northampton in the English Premiership on Sunday.

South Africa's Willie Le Roux and Juan De Jongh scored two of Wasps' three tries, with Josh Bassett also crossing.

Lima Sopoaga, the former New Zealand international, converted all three scores and kicked two penalties as well.

"It was just about the result today as it was more important than anything," said Wasps director of rugby Young.

Wasps were bolstered by the return of Joe Launchbury after the England lock had been sidelined for a few months with a knee injury.

"You can't underestimate Joe's sheer presence and it was a real shot in the arm to have him back as he's so important to us," explained Young, a former Wales and British and Irish Lions front row.

Meanwhile Launchbury, whose comeback could be a boost for England too ahead of the start of the Six Nations next month, added: "It's been extremely frustrating watching the boys, especially when we are losing and I was chomping at the bit to get back."

Northampton managed a try through Fraser Dingwall converted by Dan Biggar, with the Wales fly-half also landing three penalties.

Their error-strewn day was summed up when Luther Burrell knocked-on in the last minute to deprive Northampton of a bonus-point try.

Defeat left the Saints nine points above basement club Newcastle, who currently occupy the lone relegation place.

"For us it was two steps forward and one back as it was a flat performance and we've got to find a way to stop that happening," said Northampton coach Chris Boyd.

"The league is tight so it's difficult to get on a run and there's a lot of water to go under the bridge, but we need to improve."