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12 Nov 2011: Wasps v Bègles Bordeaux

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Bordeaux's Badge Union Bordeaux-Begles 14
Wasps's Badge Wasps 47
Fixture Type: Amlin Challenge Cup Venue: Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Match Date: Sat 12 Nov 2011, Kick Off: 20:55
Referee: Leighton Hodges Assistant Referee: Wayne Davies
TV Match Official: Nigel Whitehouse Assistant Referee: Huw David

Wade hat-trick sends Wasps on their way

A crowd of nearly 17,000 enjoyed a carnival atmosphere at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, with a local brass band playing throughout, as Wasps got their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign off to a roaring start with a 14-47 win.

Richard Haughton impressed from fullback

Richard Haughton impressed from fullback

Dom Waldouck grabbed a first half try

Dom Waldouck grabbed a first half try

A first-half hat-trick by Christian Wade, inside 25 minutes, sent them on the way to a convincing bonus point victory.

Wasps showed their attacking intent inside the first minute, when Nick Robinson fielded a high kick and fed Richard Haughton, whose incisive run took play deep into the Bordeaux half. They then stole a home lineout, Tom Lindsay made a strong run towards the line, and the ball was recycled quickly. Haughton came into the line and his pass sent Christian Wade over in the right corner, with less than two minutes on the clock. Robinson missed the difficult conversion.

Five minutes later, the home side was penalised at a scrum 30 metres out, and in front of the posts. This time, Robinson made no mistake, and Wasps were 8-0 up. A minute later, the home side were back within a point, following a freak try by centre Felix Le Bourhis. Nicolas Sanchez dropped for goal, the ball went wide and landed in goal, before bouncing back over Richard Haughton, and into the arms of the chasing Le Bourhis, who crashed over, by the posts. Sanchez landed the easy conversion.

Within a minute, Wasps produced the perfect response, after a good chase to the restart produced quick ball at the breakdown, and Wade was given a 20-metre run-in for his second try of the night, which Robinson was again unable to convert.

Wasps were then forced into two early replacements in quick succession, after injuries to Riki Flutey and Jonathan Poff. Their places were taken by Dom Waldouck and Matt Everard, who was making his European debut

Less than a minute after Everard came on, Wasps were celebrating their third try, after a flowing attack down the left. The key moment came when Haughton passed back inside to Chris Mayor, and he sent Wade in for his second hat-trick of the season, in under 25 minutes. He had an unopposed run to the line, and touched down between the posts, to give Robinson the simplest of conversions, taking the score to 20-7.

Haughton was then forced to show his defensive mettle, with a try-saving tackle, a few metres from the Wasps line. Bordeaux kept up the pressure, and another attack almost brought a try, but the forwards were stopped on the line, and the whistle went for halftime.

Having weathered the storm, Wasps struck back in devastating style, after Tom Lindsay snapped up a stray lineout throw, just outside his 22. The backs spun the ball along the line, Haughton joined the attack, and his inside pass gave Dom Waldouck a 30-metre run to the line for the bonus point try, with just over half an hour played. Robinson’s conversion gave his side an impressive 27-7 lead.

The Men in Black and Gold threatened to add a fifth try, before conceding a turnover, inside the home 22. The resultant counterattack ended with Ross Filipo being shown a yellow card, for a dangerous tackle on centre Michel Denetre, five minutes before the break. Bordeaux spent the closing period camped in the Wasps 22, and the final play almost produced a second try, but the ball was knocked on, as the forwards went for the line, and the whistle went for halftime.

Bordeaux began the second half strongly, but Wasps managed to hold out until Filipo returned from the sinbin. Almost as soon as he came back, Wasps were again down to 14 men, when Zak Taulafo was binned, for a late challenge. This time, Bordeaux were able to take advantage of the numerical superiority, when winger Thierry Brana went over near the corner. Sanchez landed a magnificent conversion, to bring the score back to 27-14, with 49 minutes played.

Wasps finally struck back, when Ben Broster intercepted a pass in a dangerous situation on his own 22. He made 20 metres, before kicking downfield. Wade’s chase set up a turnover, and the ball was moved out left, where there was a massive overlap for Tom Varndell to go over for another try, which Robinson converted, to make it 34-14, after 55 minutes. A sixth try seemed certain, when Haughton broke clear and fed Dom Waldouck, on the 22, but the defence managed to get back and smother him, just short of the line.

Nic Berry was now on for Joe Simpson, who had required treatment for an injury, and former Wasp Dan Leo then came on for Bordeaux. Bob Baker then replaced Ben Broster, as the Men in Black and Gold continued to press. Thirteen minutes from time, Nick Robinson landed a long-range penalty, to stretch the lead to 37-14.
Jeremy Castex and Joe Burton were the next Wasps replacements, coming on for Taulafo and Richard Birkett, with less than a quarter of an hour to go. They were followed into the action by Nathan Morris and Ryan Davis, who came on for Tom Lindsay and Chris Mayor, meaning Wasps had used their entire bench.

With three minutes left, Robinson added another penalty, from 40 metres, before Varndell raced 50 metres before sending Berry in for a final try between the posts, to make the final score 47-14, rounding off a superb evening for all the supporters who'd made the trip to France.

Wasps continue their Challenge Cup campaign next Sunday afternoon, when they face Rovigo at Adams Park.

Wasps team : 15 Richard Haughton 14 Tom Varndell 13 Chris Mayor 12 Riki Flutey 11 Christian Wade 10 Nick Robinson 9 Joe Simpson 1 Zak Taulafo 2 Tom Lindsay 3 Ben Broster 4 Ross Filipo 5 Marco Wentzel 6 Richard Birkett7 Jonathan Poff 8 John Hart (c)

Replacements 16 Nathan Morris 17 Jeremy Castex 18 Bob Baker 19 Joe Burton 20 Matt Everard 21 Nic Berry
22 Ryan Davis 23 Dom Waldouck

Bordeaux team : Laurent Ferreres: Thierry Brana, Felix Le Bouhris, Michel Denetre, Rafael Carballo; Nicolas Sanchez, Julien Seron: Richard Davies, Fabien Rofes, Patrick Toetu, Francois Tisseua, Adam Jaulhac, Louis Benoit Madaule, Hugh Chalmer, Leroy Houston

Replacements : Boris Bethery, Anael Neveu, Dan Leo, Matthew Clarkin, Manu Saubusse Camille Lopez, Vungakoto Lilo, Julien Turini