Goode delivers late sting as Wasps close in on Euro spot

LONDON Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted his frustration at failing to build more than a one-point lead against Stade Francais yesterday as they chase a place in next season’s inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup.

Wasps, who finished seventh in the Aviva Premiership table, recovered from shipping a season high 74 points in defeat to Northampton last weekend to beat their visitors from Paris 30-29, though needed an 80th-minute penalty from former England fly-half Andy Goode to do so.

But with such a slender advantage going into next Saturday’s second leg across the channel, Young admitted to having mixed emotions.

“We’re a little bit frustrated because we gave them some easy points, but loads of positives as well,” said the 46-year-old.

“Now we need to go up there and win. We’ll go up there full of confidence.”

With a place in next season’s premier European competition at stake, Wasps led 13-12 at half-time with Tom Varndell touching down.

Ashley Johnson and Joe Simpson added further scores in the second half to delight the Adams Park crowd, but Wasps required a last-gasp penalty from Goode to nab the win after conceding 12 points in a calamitous 60 second-spell.