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European Rugby Champions Cup
Young happy to avoid coin toss gamble
ESPN Staff
May 1, 2014
Dai Young is looking to the positives of Wasps' Amlin Challenge Cup loss to Bath © Getty Images

Wasps boss Dai Young has spoken of his relief at avoiding a potential logistical nightmare surrounding the play-off for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup.

Wasps are in pole position to claim seventh place in the Aviva Premiership and secure an Anglo-French play-off for the final berth in next season's new competition. Wasps' Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Bath frees up their calendar for a two-legged play-off against the Top 14 side who finish in seventh.

Had Wasps reached the Amlin final, the European play-off would have been cut to one game, with home advantage decided by the flip of a coin.

"We thought any chance of us playing in Europe had gone pretty much a month to six weeks ago, but with the seventh spot, that gives us another opportunity to have a real crack at it," Young said. "It's pretty much in our hands now really, so we've got ourselves to blame if we don't reach seventh and have a crack at one of the French teams.

"In cricket (there is) a huge emphasis on the toss, and that would have been a massive toss. That's my understanding that it would have been the toss of a coin for who would get home advantage in a one-off game.

"It seemed a hell of a thing for me that a competition like that would be decided in that way, but I don't really see any other solution. First and foremost we've got to get there, but it's in our hands right now; we've got to back ourselves to get there.

"If we do get there as a two-legger it's more big games for the club. And if we were to warrant European qualification we'd be delighted, because that's probably a year ahead of where we'd expected. Now it's within grabbing distance you want to make sure you do grab it, though."

At present it looks likely the play-off will be held over the weekends of May 17/18 and 24/25.

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