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18 Sep 2005: Wasps v Leeds Tykes

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Match Report
Tykes's Badge Yorkshire Carnegie 23
Wasps's Badge Wasps 47
Fixture Type: Guinness Premiership Venue: Headingley Carnegie
Match Date: Sun 18 Sep 2005, Kick Off: 14:30
Referee: Martin Fox Touch Judge: Steve Savage
TV Match Official: David Hudson Touch Judge: Don Helme

Tykes outclassed at Headingley

Wasps were just too strong for a brave Leeds Tykes side at Headingly today. A five tries to two victory secured a bonus point win by 47 -23.

Fraser Waters breaks the Leeds backline

Wasps had turned around trailing 16-12 after Tykes Ian Balshaw scored the first try of the match in the 40th minute, but the second half was all Wasps. An early second half try for Voyce put the Londoners ahead but it was a powerplay substitution by Wasps on the hour, bringing on Raphael Ibanez, Simon Shaw and Ayoola Erinle, that did for the Tykes. Three tries for Wasps in the next ten minutes and the game was won, full back Mark Van Gisbergen putting in another flawless performance with the boot, kicking nine from nine for a 21 point haul on the day.

Wasps began the game with the lion's share of the possession, Abbott making some good yards with the ball in hand, but despite the glut of possession, Leeds managed to match their visitors on the score board, as Van Gisbergen and De Marigny exchanged penalties.

As the game approached the half hour, Wasps looked to be getting their game together, putting together the phases to stretch the Tykes defence. The Yorkshire men defended manfully however, and only conceded another penalty to give Wasps a 9-6 lead on the half hour.

Wasps looked to turn the screw before half time, and pressure led to another successful Van Gisbergen three-pointer

As the game neared half time, All Black scrum-half Justin Marshall began to show some of his moves. A quick break from the number nine put Wasps under pressure, Van Gisbergen required to make the last tackle to avoid conceding the try, and De Marigny slotting the subsequent penalty to draw level at 9 point a-piece.

Wasps looked to turn the screw before half time, and pressure led to another successful Van Gisbergen three-pointer, but it was the Tykes who turned around ahead following a well worked try for Balshaw in the 40th minute. Marshall was involved again, holding up the defence to create the space to put his full back in the clear, De Marigny adding the extras for a 16-12 lead at half time.

A brilliant kick from Alex King on the 47th minute allowed Tom Voyce to open the Wasps try account, Abbott running through the collect the ball from King's beautifully weighted prod through and feeding the flying winger who walked in to touch down, Van Gisbergen's conversion giving the visitors a 16-19 lead.

Shortly after, a clever kick from Dawson gave Paul Sackey an opportunity. A straightforward race to the ball with Leeds winger David Doherty and the Wasps man could have scored the visitors second, but a knock on saved the hosts from falling further behind.

On the hour Wasps brought on three replacements in Ibanez, Shaw and Erinle, and within ten minutes Ibanez has made the scoresheet twice. Popping up in support he was on hand to take the scoring pass, the second try coming after a characteristic Erinle break through the midfield.

Scrum-half Matt Dawson was fully in charge by this point, bossing the show from behind his confident-looking pack. Captain John Hart scored the bonus point try in the 75th minute, Wasps camped on the Tykes line and a simple hit and spin from the Wasps man enough to see him over.

It looked as if the Tykes were going to have the final flourish though as replacement Stuart Hooper finished off a well worked try for the Yorkshire outfit in the 79th minute. However, it was Wasps who rounded off the game, Worsley's speculative kick up field won on the ground by Wasps, Erinle again battering up before feeding Sackey for the visitors fifth try of the afternoon.

Van Gisbergen's excellent conversion from out wide completed a master class in kicking from the Kiwi, who slotted his kicks from all over the pitch to record a very fine nine from nine for the day.