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17 Sep 2000: Wasps v Gloucester

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Match Report
Wasps's Badge Wasps 43
Gloucester's Badge Gloucester Rugby 23
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Loftus Road
Match Date: Sun 17 Sep 2000, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Ed Morrison

Wasps 43 Gloucester 23

Zurich Premiership

Loftus Road, KO 3pm

Rob Henderson, deputising at fly half, scored a hat-trick of tries as Wasps scored a deserved victory against Gloucester at Loftus Road, taking the side's winning run to four games in a row.

The Irish international has spent his entire career at centre but a succession of injuries at the pivotal position meant Henderson was thrust into an unfamiliar role. He did not disappoint, as he took three opportunist chances - driving over from close range on each occasion.

However, the match was marred by off-the-ball violence. The first half, which saw 40 points scored, will be better remembered for the scraps and a collection of unforced errors.

Will Green, Ian Jones and Serge Simon all received yellow cards for fighting and Phil Greening was fortunate not to join them. Despite this the home side dominated the first 40 minutes, spending the majority of the half camped in the Gloucester 22.

The West Country outfit illustrated why they are a difficult side to overcome, scoring two tries in their only foray into the opposition half. The first came after four minutes, when winger Tom Beim - in his first match for seven months - touched down following a long pass from centre Chris Yates.

The second arrived on 19 minutes, when Yates blasted his way through a weak Wasps backline to touch down under the posts.

However, Wasps made sure they finished the half with the scores level at 20-all with Henderson grabbing the first two of his hat-trick haul. Both tries arrived following concerted pressure on the Gloucester line.

His efforts came either side of a 26-minute try from Shane Roiser. The quicksilver wing outsprinted Beim following a powerful break from full back Josh Lewsey, Kenny Logan duly converted.

Kenny Logan looked initially looked nervous with the boot, missing with his first three efforts, including one kick in front of the posts, but showed why he believes he can kick at international level with five consecutive goals thereafter.

However, the game belonged to Henderson and with six minutes of the match remaining, he crowned a memorable performance with his third try of the afternoon. The finishing gloss was added to the Wasps' victory, as Simon Shaw scored a late try to make the final score 43-23.

LONDON WASPS : 43

Tries: Henderson 3, Roiser, Shaw


Cons: Logan 3

Pens: Logan 4


Wasps: Lewsey, Roiser, Waters, Denney, Logan, Henderson, Wood, Molloy, Greening, Green, Reed, Shaw, Worsley, Volley, Dallaglio.

Replacements: Leota for Greening (78).

Not Used: Page, Scrase, Sampson, Beardshaw, Birkett, Le Chevalier.

Sin Bin: Green (16).

GLOUCESTER : 23

Tries: Beim, Yates


Cons: Mannix 2

Pens: Mannix 3
Gloucester: Fano lua, Catling, Ewens, Yates, Beim, Mannix, Gomarsall, Simon, Azam, Deacon, Eustace, I. Jones, Boer, Hazell, Paramore.


Replacements: Jewell for Catling (58), Fortey for Azam (68), Powles for Deacon (51), Cornwell for I. Jones (68), Pearce for Boer (38).

Not Used: Sanders, Simpson-Daniel.

Sin Bin: Boer (16), Simon (17), I. Jones (46).

H-T: 20-20

Attend: 4,727

Ref: Ed Morrison (RFU)