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07 Oct 2005: London Wasps v Cardiff Blues

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Match Report
London Wasps's Badge London Wasps 40
Cardiff's Badge Cardiff Blues 19
Fixture Type: Anglo-Welsh Powergen Cup Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Fri 07 Oct 2005, Kick Off: 19:40
Referee: Chris White Touch Judge 1: Rob Debney
TV Match Official: Wayne Barnes Touch Judge 2: Robin Goodliffe

Wasps beat the Blues

London Wasps put in a performance that was a class above that of their opponents for much of the eighty minutes this evening to record a 40-19 victory over Cardiff Blues at the Causeway Stadium.

Wasps beat the Blues

Wasps also welcomed back Captain Lawrence Dallaglio with a display that was, though patchy, entertaining and thoroughly too much for their Celtic opponents.

At one time 30-0 ahead, winger Paul Sackey and flanker Jonny O'Connor turning in excellent performances, O'Connor earning the Powergen Man of the match Award whilst Sackey's performance was later described by Head Coach, Shaun Edwards as 'absolutely outstanding'.

The game started slowly with fly-half Alex King, taking over the kicking duties in the absence of full back Mark Van Gisbergen, slotting an early penalty that was followed by ten minutes of kicking ping-pong.

On the quarter hour however, Wasps broke the stalemate. Sackey received the ball with nothing looking on, but stood up his opposite number with a lightning jink, and was through the gap. Though he was tackled by the cover defence, Ben Gotting was on hand to collect the offload and score the try, King adding the extras for a 10-0 lead.

I wasn't expecting any miracles. I'm still looking for match fitness, I'm seven or eight games behind the other guys - Dallaglio


Jonny O'Connor was next to catch the eye as the game entered its second quarter. Cardiff put in a good kick, forcing winger Josh Lewsey to turn and chase back. The winger showed he had lost no pace in reaching the ball and offloading to O'Connor as the chasing Welshmen bore down on them. O'Connor then embarked on a 40 metre crash upfield, skittling his way through the Cardiff tackles before finally being brought down near the Cardiff twenty two. King prodded the resultant recycled ball into the corner for Cardiff to clear under pressure, and Wasps had a line out within driving distance of the line. The drive was never coherent however, and Cardiff were able to clear their lines to safety.

Wasps beat the Blues

The next highlight came on the eve of halftime. Wasps were awarded a scrum in Cardiff's twenty-two, an excellent platform for an attack, and so it proved as Wasps pulled the defence left, for Stuart Abbott and Paul Sackey to find themselves facing one defender in acres of space. The ball seemed to take an age to emerge, and when it did, Abbott collected and shovelled an awkward pass, which bobbled along the floor to Sackey, but the winger was able to scoop it up and hare to the corner for Wasps second score of the evening, King's conversion added to an earlier penalty giving Wasps a 20-0 lead at the turnaround.


Within four minutes if the re-start, the death knell had sounded for the Welshmen. Fly half Nicky Robinson's kick was charged down and Lewsey was on hand to chase through, collect the ball and dive under the posts, King's conversion giving his team as healthy 27-0 lead.

Cardiff were not giving up however, and Wasps were forced to defend with conviction in the following ten minutes. With the hour approaching however, Wasps began to bring on the substitutes, and consequently lost some of the fluidity and cohesion in their play. Cardiff were losing their cool however, and it was Mark Van Gisbergen, on as a blood replacement for Tom Voyce, who capitalised on the Blues infringements, slotting two penalties to stretch the lead to 33-0 on the hour.

Wasps beat the Blues

On the 67th minutes however, winger Chris Czekaj began the Cardiff fightback, with an opportunistic steal and was away up the try line to score. Two minutes later the Blues looked to break again, and despite some great cover tackling by Stuart Abbot in particular, the Welsh pressure cracked the spare Wasps defence for Xavier Rush to score his side's second try, Nicky Robinson's conversion making it 33-12. Cardiff made it three in ten minutes as Maama Molitika plunged over from a maul on the Wasps try line for 33-19.

Wasps rounded off the evening however, an interception in the Cardiff half falling to James Brooks to run it in and convert is own score for a 40-19 margin at full time.

Despite many substitutions, Captain Dallaglio played the full 80 minutes, Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan feeling the Lawrence would have 'benefited massively' from playing the full game.

Wasps beat the Blues

Dallaglio was pragmatic about his comeback, saying 'I wasn't expecting any miracles. I'm still looking for match fitness, I'm seven or eight games behind the other guys who were out there tonight. However, the pace out there in the first half was the quickest all season so far, according to the other lads. I knew this fixture could be lively and I think our performance took it away from them in the first half. We blotted out copy books a bit in the second half however.'