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London Wasps have beaten Benetton Treviso 55-nil scoring nine tries in the process. The game, played in damp conditions, saw the home side secure the bonus point within 30-minutes and put the 2004 Heineken Cup winners top of Pool 1 after Round 3.
Dominic Waldouck, making his European debut, was named Man of the Match as the 19-year orchestrated the backline with some superb play, both with his accurate passing and his neat kicks into space. It took Wasps all of three minutes to get on the score-sheet when hooker, Raphael Ibanez, crossed over for the home side's first try of the match. That was soon followed by further tries from Josh Lewsey and Tom Rees, Lewsey getting his second and the bonus point after half an hour of play gone. Unfortunately that was Lewsey's last action of the game as the international fullback limped off with an leg injury. Early indications are that it's not too serious. He was replaced Danny Cipriani.
As the game approached half-time, Tom Voyce got into the action with the winger diving into the corner to score his first of two tries. The move came after some fantastic running from Cipriani who weaved his way into space, timing his pass perfectly, allowing Wasps to score their fifth try.
The second half was no different as Ian McGeechan's men applied more pressure to the now disheartened Italian defence. Paul Sackey and Rees crossed within 5-minutes of the restart and at this stage of the game, it was a case of who would score their hat-trick first. Rees's try showed why it won't be long before he we see him in England full international colours as the flanker gathered the ball from a line-out and powered his way all of 30m to the try line.
The last quarter saw the entire bench being used and this took a little of the momentum away from the mauling of Treviso. Cipriani scored the last try of the game which was played in front of 6510 at Adams Park. Mark Van Gisbergen slotted five of the nine conversions.
In all it was a thrilling display from Wasps, which pleased everyone bar the visitors. Nobody claimed a hat-trick but this display put Wasps top of Pool 1 and they can now go to Italy next week with a much needed confidence boost.
McGeechan said after the game, 'I'm happy with the way we played especially in the rain. Our finishing and handling was superb and something we can be proud of. Our forwards did the majority of damage as they fronted up against a good Treviso pack. However, next week will be different as they are a decent side at home and we must not take today's result for granted.'
Tries: Ibanez, Lewsey (2), Rees (2), Voyce (2), Sackey, Ciprani
Con: Van Gisbergen 5