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Ryan Davis kicked three penalties for Wasps A
Wasps, captained by centre Dom Waldouck, took to the field with a side with a mix of experience and youth with the majority of the replacements from the weekend’s Premiership game featuring in the side alongside rising young stars such as Elliot Daly, Sam Jones and Matt Everard.
The club also utlisied their ongoing partnership with London Scottish with locks Karl Rudski and Willie Lipp starting alongside hooker Federico Rodriguez and Tom Yellowlees was on the bench.
The home side started the game better, with Adrian Jarvis finding good space with his boot, eventually kicking well into the Wasps 22 and forcing Elliot Daly to kick to touch. The Irish lineout resulted in a maul at which Wasps were penalised, giving Jarvis a simple kick for three points from which he gave his side a 3-0 lead.
Irish were less assured with the next restart, spilling the ball which Wasps pounced on. After a number of phases, Waldouck kicked through giving Chris Mayor and Daly something to chase but impressive Irish fullback, Anthony Watson collected the ball and countered well. Wasps were again penalised at the next breakdown but Jarvis missed the penalty from 30 metres out. Jarvis had another shot at goal minutes later but this also sailed wide.
Ryan Davis hit back for Wasps with a penalty of his own to level the scores after Nic Berry tapped a quick penalty and forced Irish to concede for not retreating ten metres.
Wasps collected the restart, and after a number of kicks back and forth, were awarded another penalty for Irish being offside at the breakdown, which Davis drilled just inside the twenty-two. With Irish pinged at the lineout, Davis was successful with his second shot at the sticks, putting Wasps 3-6 ahead.
It wasn’t long before Irish were level after a period of sustained pressure brought them into Wasps 22. Hooker Frederico Rodriguez was penalised for not rolling away from a ruck in front of the posts, for which he was sin binned, and Jarvis kicked to level the scores.
Half time came with Irish on the attack but Wasps would have went in at the break pleased with their first 40 with Waldouck and Mayor showing well in the centre, outside an eager backrow of Everard, Jones and Burton who looked extremely lively with ball in hand.
At half-time, Charlie Davies replaced Nic Berry and Jeremy Castex replaced Zak Taulafo.
The back-and-forth style of rugby continued after the break with a series of aimless kicks ended by a Wasps penalty in front of the posts, which Davis converted to make the scores Irish 6 – 9 Wasps. Davis had a couple of lively bursts through which almost led to breakaways but Irish did enough to scramble in defence to recover on each occasion.
With ten minutes gone in the second half, Tom Yellowlees came on to replace Sam Jones.
The first try of the game came from one of the match’s most threatening runners when Irish fullback Watson picked a great line, bursting through the middle after a planned move to touch down. Jarvis converted to take Irish into a seven point lead at 13 – 9.
Will Robinson then came on to replace Ryan Davis and Lewis Thiede came on to replace Bob Baker.
Irish collected the restart and made their way slowly up the field and a penalty gave them the chance to move deep into the Wasps 22. From the lineout, the home side employed a series of pick-and-goes to move within a metre of the line and Leo Halavatau went crashing over to score Irish’s second try of the game, converted by Jarvis to take his side into a 20-9 lead.
With ten minutes of the game remaining, Jonah Holmes came on to replace Elliot Daly.
Irish ended the game on the attack but a brave Wasps defence held out as the clock ticked down.
Wasps A are due to play their next game next week against Bath A.
London Wasps A
15 – Richard Haughton, 14. Charlie Ingall, 13. Chris Mayor, 12. Dom Waldouck (c), 11. Elliot Daly, 10. Ryan Davis, 9. Nic Berry, 1. Zak Taulafo, 2. Federico Rodriguez, 3. Bob Baker, 4. Willie Lipp, 5. Karl Rudski, 6. Sam Jones, 7. Matt Everard, 8. Joe Burton
Replacements: 16, Stuart Bailey, 17, Lewis Thiede, 18, Jeremy Castex, 19, Tom Yellowlees, 20, Gus Jones, 21, Charlie Davies, 22, Will Robinson, 23, Jonah Holmes
London Irish A
15. Anthony Watson; 14. Craig Holland; 13. Jonathan Spartt; 12. Guy Armitage; 11. Gerald Mullen; 10. Adrian Jarvis; 9. Jack Moates; 1. Clarke Dermody; 2. Brian Blaney; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Tom Alexander; 5. Bob Casey; 6. Freddie Clarke; 7. Ben Pritchard; 8. Ed Siggery
Replacements: 16. Steve Collins; 17. Mark George; 18. Alex McKenzie; 19. Gary Johnson; 20. Luke Peters; 21. Alfie Malloy; 22. Johnny Walker