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12 Oct 2013: Wasps v Viadana

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Viadana's Badge Rugby Viadana 17
Wasps's Badge Wasps 90
Fixture Type: Amlin Challenge Cup Venue: Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Match Date: Sat 12 Oct 2013, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Laurent Cardona Assistant Referee: Arnaud Blondel
Match Official 4: Stefano Roscini Assistant Referee: Mourad Zitouni

Wasps secure record win in Italy

On a glorious afternoon in northern Italy, Wasps were far too strong for a spirited Viadana side, and recorded their highest ever score in European rugby.

Wasps ran in 14 tries, with hat-tricks for Guy Thompson and William Helu, and MOTM Joe Carlisle added 10 conversions in the 17-90 romp.

The game started at a lively pace, with Wasps moving the ball at every opportunity. When one movement broke down, Viadana cleared downfield and Carlisle did well to cover back and gather. He was scragged by the chasers, but Helu gathered the ball and made good ground to launch a sustained attack which ended with a Wasps handling error, a few metres short of the line.

With the home defence under pressure, winger Daniel Yakopo was shown a yellow card for an offence at the breakdown. Wasps kept up the pressure and another flowing attack, with the referee playing advantage, ended with Helu going over in the left corner. Carlisle added the extra points with a superb kick from the left touchline.

Anthony Fenner replied with a penalty for the home side, but Carlisle and Ben Jacobs then split the defence in a move which ended just short of the line. A powerful scrum sent the home pack backwards at a rate of knots, and the referee awarded a penalty try, which Carlisle converted.

Three minutes later, another fine Wasps attack sent Kearnan Myall charging over near the left corner. Carlisle produced another fine kick to stretch the lead to 21-3, with 18 minutes gone.

Five minutes later, after Carlisle’s superb long diagonal kick found touch at the corner, Wasps stole the lineout. They moved the ball out to the right before coming back infield, for Thompson to crash over for the bonus point try, which Carlisle duly converted.

Wasps came close to a fifth try after Joe Simpson opened up the defence with a weaving run deep into the 22. A few metres from the line, he found Christian Wade outside him, but the defence were back in numbers to prevent the try.

A minute later, try number five for Wasps. A powerful scrum led to a series of powerful thrusts, which sucked in the defence. Carlisle’s long pass allowed Tommy Bell to stroll over near the left corner, and Carlisle landed another fine conversion.

Wasps then won a turnover just inside their own half, Ben Jacobs burst through a gap and sent Helu over for his second try, which Carlisle converted.

Barely a minute later, the Tongan winger had completed his hat-trick, after Chris Bell had scythed through the home defence, and Carlisle was again on target, to keep up his 100% record.

The flyhalf then set up another try, with a jinking run to open up the defence. He was stopped a metre short, but found Simon McIntyre in support, and the prop crashed over near the posts, to bring up the half-century.

On the stroke of halftime, the home crowd finally had something to cheer, after a powerful charge by hooker Antonio Denti sent flanker Andrea Barbieri over between the posts. Fenner’s conversion made the halftime score 56-10.

It took just over a minute for Wasps to extend their lead, at the start of the second half, when Thompson crashed over from close range. For the first time, Carlisle missed the conversion.

Wade had not been seeing much of the ball, but he exploded into the game after a Viadana move broke down in the Wasps 22. The ball was quickly moved out to him and he raced away down the wing. He veered inside, past a series of defenders, but was stopped a few metres out. It was his last involvement, as Jack Moates then came on at scrumhalf, with Joe Simpson moving out to the wing.

Thompson completed his hat-trick, before making way for Sam Jones. Carlisle added the conversion, then cut open the defence with another mazy run, setting up Moates for his first try for Wasps. The flyhalf missed the conversion, but the score was now 73-10.

Viadana responded bravely, when lock Joubert Horn charged into the Wasps 22. He passed infield but the ball was deflected off Carlisle. It looked like a knock-on, and a possible yellow card, but the referee allowed play to continue.

Wasps broke away and Moates showed impressive pace to run in his second try from near halfway. That score took Wasps to a new record score in Europe, passing the 77 points they’d scored against Toulouse, back in 1997.Carlisle’s conversion made the score 80-10.

Charlie Hayter was the next Wasps scorer, going over in the corner after 70 minutes, following another energy-sapping passage of play. Carlisle missed the conversion.

The home side refused to give up, and it took an excellent head-on tackle by Tommy Bell to stop a powerful run by Yakopo, with no other defender behind the fullback, just inside the Wasps 22.

Viadana then seemed certain to grab a consolation try as they hammered at the Wasps line, but Helu pulled off a timely interception and broke upfield. The ball was moved back across the field, and Simpson raced away down the right. He seemed certain to score, but a desperate ankle-tap just nudged him into touch.

The home side grabbed that consolation score when Anthony Fenner gathered his own kick ahead to go over between the posts. He converted the try, to make the score 85-17.

Wasps then turned over possession to launched another attack, and Simpson made up for his earlier disappointment by wriggling over in the corner. Carlisle’s unsuccessful conversion attempt was the final act of the afternoon.

Next Thursday night, Wasps return to Adams Park for the visit of Bayonne.

Wasps: Tommy Bell, Christian Wade, Ben Jacobs, Chris Bell (capt.) , William Helu, Joe Carlisle, Joe Simpson, Simon McIntyre, Tom Lindsay, Will Taylor, James Cannon, Kearnan Myall, Ed Jackson, Guy Thompson, Nathan Hughes
Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Ricky Reeves, Taione Vea, Esteban Lozada, Sam Jones, Jack Moates, Andy Goode, Charlie Hayter

Viadana: Kaine Robertson, Anthony Fenner, Gilberto Pavan, Gabriel Pizarro, Daniel Yakopo, Keanu Apperley (capt.), Giorgio Bronzini, Giulio Cenedese, Antonio Denti, Riccardo Cagna, Ruahan Van Jaarsveld, Joubert Horn, Liviu Costinel Pascu, Andrea Barbieri, Gonzalo Padro
Replacements: Luca Bigi, Luca Marchini, Marco Coletti, Matteo Minari, Christoffel Du Plessis, Pietro Travagli, Juan Pablo Sanchez, Nicola Sintich


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