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28 Mar 2004: London Wasps v Rotherham

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Match Report
London Wasps's Badge London Wasps 39
Rotherham's Badge Rotherham Titans 11
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 28 Mar 2004, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Ashley Rowden

Wasps win with bonus point

After almost a month without a first-team game, London Wasps returned to action to secure a 39-11 bonus-point victory over the Rotherham Titans. The win secures Wasps’ second place in the league and keeps leaders Bath well-within sight.

The game, which was played in overcast but dry conditions, saw the return of Alex King, Kenny Logan, Paul Volley and Mark Lock from injuries. Wasps’ first points of the game came from an intercept try via Rob Howley. The captain latched onto a wayward pass from the Titans’ centre pairing of Jon Pritchard and Pete Jorgensen and ran 40m to score the try. Alex King made no mistake with the conversion as well as a penalty Wasps were awarded minutes later to open a 10-nil lead.

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However, two needless penalties were given away for being offside, which saw the Titans’ flyhalf, Phil Jones, score their first point of the game.

Approaching the break, King was given another penalty kick, which he duly slotted, followed by a wonderful try from Craig Dowd, which was created by Tom Voyce. The winger jinxed his way through the visitors’ defence only to be stopped just before the tryline. The pack was on hand to clear the ball out and Dowd pounced over to score the try. King landed the conversion and Wasps went into the break leading 20-6.

After the break, Wasps started where they’d left off, with Kenny Logan scoring a spectacular try that saw Wasps stretch the lead. A catch and drive from the forwards saw the ball driven deep within the Titans’ half. The ball was sent down the backline by Howley, which passed through various hands. Mark Van Gisbergen flicked the pass onto Logan who did well to collect and beat the defence to score in the corner. The try was just reward for Logan as he was playing well and showing no ill effects from the back injury that has plagued him over the past few months. King missed the conversion but Warren Gatland’s side led 25-11.

The visitors’ first and only try of the match came just before the hour mark. Their backline finally managed to find some momentum and caused sustaining pressure to mount an attack and score a try from Pritchard. It was a well-worked and deserved try from the Yorkshiremen. Jones, however, missed the conversion.

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With 20 minutes to go, Gatland started to make his replacements. Simon Shaw was first for Richard Birkett. The lock made an immediate impact that nearly saw him scoring the bonus-point try. Shaw found himself in the backline and with a clear run to the line, but unselfishly passed to Tom Voyce who scored Wasps’ fourth try of the game. King made no mistake with the easy conversion and Wasps had the game wrapped up and leading 32-11.

Soon afterwards the entire bench came on every few minutes and it wasn’t long before replacement centre, Mark Denney, crossed for Wasps’ fifth try of the afternoon. King added the extra two points and Gatland’s side walked away with a comfortable 39-11 victory.

Man of the Match was Stuart Abbott.