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For the second week in succession Wasps saw the opposing fly half kick a shed-full of points from the penalties they gave away, and Harlequins Paul Burke went on from a successful five-out-of-five in the first quarter of the match, to end with seven penalties and a conversion. His boot helped to record the Quins first win in the Premiership and end a run of four successive defeats by London Wasps.
A week ago it was Sale’s No 10 who punished Wasps indiscretions and the Quins made them pay right from the start. In the first minute Wasps were penalised at the scrum to go three points down and it was a grim struggle from then on, especially when Matt Leek, deputising as kicker for the injured Kenny Logan, missed a chance to equalise only a couple of minutes later.
Leek needed a deputy close to half-time when the referee sin-binned him for deliberately killing the ball. As Wasps put together some good passages of play, despite being reduced to 14 men, Paul Sampson kicked a penalty as Quins strayed offside. But the home team went further ahead, going wide from a five yard scrum as Dan Luger came into the centre and threw a long pass to fellow wing Matt Moore who virtually strolled over and the score went to 20-3 as they went off.
In the second half Wasps raised their game and it was Luger who was forced to kill the ball and spend ten minutes in the bin as Joe Worsley and Rory Jenkins combined well to panic the Quins defence. The visitors took the three points from that incident and then saw Fraser Walters halted just short of the line by a superb tackle from full back Mapletoft.
As the clock ran down Wasps never looked like getting on terms with their London rivals and swapping seven points each was more of a formality -- Josh Lewsey scored a try from a speedy break by Mike Friday but interplay between Quins backs and forwards took Mapletoft over in injury time and the game ended at 33-13.