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12 Oct 2002: Wasps v Overmach Parma - (Round 1)

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Match Report
Parma's Badge Parma Rugby 1931 24
Wasps's Badge Wasps 40
Fixture Type: Parker Pen Cup Venue: Stadio Comunale Sergio Lanfranchi
Match Date: Sat 12 Oct 2002, Kick Off: 19:00
Referee: Gareth Simmonds

Three tries for ‘Rhino’as Wasps defeat Parma

London Wasps opened their Parker Pen Challenge Cup campaign with a 40-24 win over Italian side Overmach Parma.

Wasps scored four tries, three of them coming from John Rudd, the other from fly half Mark Van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen, signed last month, got his first start for Wasps after Alex King was rested, and has quickly shown Wasps supporters why he was signed by Warren Gatland. His tally of 19 points and Rudd’s brilliant ‘finishing’ on Saturday night was enough to make Gatland a happy man with the two youngsters.

‘Rhino’ Rudd’s tries have shown just why he is a great ‘finisher’ and worthy of a regular first-team place. <1>

During the game Wasps simply carried too-much firepower for the Italians but did concede three tries, but given the fact that many of the starting XV have not played much rugby this season, the side can be forgiven for being a little rusty.

The back line looked good in attack and with Scottish-international Kenny Logan slotting two penalties (13th and 21st minutes), the Parma defence was on full alert trying to stem the onslaught.

Overmach , who’s pack dominated the scrums for most of the game, fought bravely and were rewarded in the first half when winger Alensa Tuilagi, brother of Leicester's Freddie, crossed to score a try which was then converted for seven points.

Martyn Wood, who was captain for the game, led his side into half time with a 26-10 lead.

The second half produced two more converted ties by Rudd in the 49th and 69th minutes which stretched the lead and at this stage the game was already won.

The game also marked the return of Peter Scrivener after a year off with a knee injury. Scrivs played particular well and was emotional after finishing the full 80 minutes. He thanked the fans for their support and given his experience and talent will add another dimension to Warren's side.

Overmach scored two tries in the final quarter, one courtesy of a penalty try, which added some respectability to the final score but it was a case of too little too late.

Overmach will travel to Adams Park this week for the second leg of the tournament, and will need to create something of a miracle if they hope to upset ‘The Men in Black’. Wasps are unbeaten at Adams Park and have made the ground into something of a fortress for away teams.

Sunday's team will be announced later in the week, but could see the return of some key players as Gatland prepares for the vital Zurich Premiership clash with unbeaten league- leaders Gloucester the following Saturday.

Scoring Sequence:

London Wasps:
Pen: 2min: Van Gisbergen,
Pen: 13min: Logan,
Pen: 15min: Van Gisbergen,
Try: 20min: Van Gisbergen.
Con: Van Gisbergen
Pen: 21min: Logan,
Try: 36min: Rudd
Con: Van Gisbergen,
Try: 49min: Rudd
Con: Van Gisbergen,
Try: 69min: Rudd
Con: Van Gisbergen,

Overmach Parma:
Pen: 8min: Peens
Try: 31min: Tuilagi
Con: Peens
Try: 60min: Pace
Con: Peens
Try: 72min: Penalty Try
Con: Peens