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17 Oct 2009: Wasps v Roma

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Match Report
Roma's Badge Rugby Roma Olimpic 0
Wasps's Badge Wasps 57
Fixture Type: Amlin Challenge Cup Venue: Stadio Tre Fontane
Match Date: Sat 17 Oct 2009, Kick Off: 14:00
Referee: Neil Paterson Assistant Referee: Iain Heard
Assistant Referee: Graeme Marshall

Wasps hold strong in Europe with 57-0 win over Roma

Wasps made it two European wins out of two, with a comfortable 9 try win over Roma Rugby

Dan Ward-Smith

Dan Ward-Smith

Wasps conceded a penalty directly from the kickoff, but fly half Maximiliano Freschi pulled his kick to the left of the posts.

Play immediately switched to the other end, and a series of penalties led to Joe Ward crashing over for a try, following a lineout near the corner, with six minutes gone. Eoghan Hickey added the extra points.

The home side responded well, stealing a couple of Wasps line outs to mount some pressure, before a poor attempted drop goal from centre Juan Ignacio Gauthier. Wasps were then forced into a substitution after Joe Worsley took a knock to the head, and was replaced by Hugo Ellis.

Roma were reduced to 14 men, when number 8 Jonathan Gagiani was shown a yellow card for an offence at the breakdown. Wasps took immediate advantage, when Dan Ward-Smith crossed for his first try for his new club, going over near the corner, after Warren Fury moved play back towards touch, following a lineout which had been well won by Marty Veale, in his first game of the season.

Veale had been prominent with a series of powerful bursts, as Wasps used their forwards to punch holes in the defence, with Joe Ward and Dan Leo both also using their power to gain territory.

The best attack of the game saw the ball spun out to Tom Varndell, in space down the left. He chipped ahead and Mark Van Gisbergen narrowly lost the race to the touchdown. After the fullback’s towering kick gained the best part of 70 metres, Wasps took a short lineout just outside the 22, and Charlie Beech showed skilful footwork and remarkable pace to race through the defence and touch down beneath the posts for a superb individual try. Hickey converted to make the score 19-0 after 26 minutes.

Charlie Beech

Charlie Beech

The home side had a chance to get on the scoreboard, with a straightforward penalty inside the Wasps 22, but Freschi was again unable to hit the target.
Wasps came close, following turnover ball on halfway, which led to Varndell streaking away, only to be stopped just short of the line. It was then Hickey’s turn to be tackled a couple of metres out, after cutting inside and beating two defenders. From the scrum, Ward-Smith went for the line, but Wasps were penalised, and the score was unchanged at the break.

After Van Gisbergen launched a daring counterattack from his own line, Wasps kept the ball alive through several phases, before Hickey sent Dan Leo through a gap to charge 35 metres for a try beneath the posts, to secure the bonus point, with only 6 minutes of the second half gone. Hickey’s conversion made it 26-0.

Wasps now began to play with greater freedom, and the crowd was treated to some thrilling play – one reverse flick by Will Matthews really caught the eye.

With 12 minutes of the half gone, James Honeyben came on for Warren Fury. Within a minute another flowing move saw Matthews send Varndell over for his sixth try of the season, which Hickey could not convert. Dave Walder was the next substitution, coming on for Van Gisbergen, with Hickey moving to fullback, before Bob Baker took the place of Ben Broster.

Try number six came after Wasps took a quick penalty near the line. Ben Jacobs angled his run well, to send Hickey over in the corner, from where he was unable to add the conversion. That made it 36-0, with just over twenty minutes left.

Five minutes later, the loudest cheer of the day came after Walder jinked past a series of defenders, to send skipper Paul Sackey racing over for his first try of the season, which Hickey converted to make it 43-0. Further substitutions saw Tim Payne and Gabriel Bocca come on for Charlie Beech and Joe Ward.

Paul Sackey

Paul Sackey

The 50 came up with Ward-Smith’s second try converted by Hickey, after the number eight did well to follow a superb weaving run by Jacobs, who managed to offload, when he was stopped just short of the line, having run half the length of the field.

The final score came in the last minute, when Ward-Smith turned creator, to send MOTM Leo over for his second try of the afternoon, and Hickey added the extra points, to make the final score 57-0.

After a successful start to their European campaign, Wasps return to Guinness Premiership action next Saturday, with a trip to Gloucester. Eight days later, they are back at Adams Park, to take on Leeds Carnegie, kicking off at 1.15 pm – tickets for this game are on sale now – call 0844 225 2290 or so online here .