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17 Nov 2002: Wasps v Harlequins

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Match Report
Quins's Badge Harlequins 27
Wasps's Badge Wasps 14
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Twickenham Stoop
Match Date: Sun 17 Nov 2002, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Steve Leyshon

London Wasps beaten in local London derby

The NEC Harlequins ran out comfortable 27-14 winners, over London Wasps, at The Stoop on Sunday. Flyhalf, Paul Burke, scored a full house of points with a try, four penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal to seal the local London derby win.

London Wasps flyhalf, Alex King, put The Men in Black off into an early lead, with a penalty in the second minute. The penalty was to be the only points scored in the first half by London Wasps. Burke followed the King penalty with two of his own, in the 9th and 15th minutes.

NEC Harlequins centre, Nick Greenstock, then opened an eight-point cushion with the first try of the afternoon in the 21st minute. The try was due to Alex Codling successfully taking a lineout ball close to the London Wasps tryline, and laying off to his backline, before Greenstock gathered and crossed over. Burke had no problem with the conversion, and the lead opened up to 13-3.

To first half came to a close when Burke slotted a 40-metre drop goal, to put the NEC Harlequins 16-3 up at the break.

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The second half started well for Warren Gatland’s team, as King put the side back into striking distance, with two further penalties in the 46th and 50th minutes.

Burke replied with a third penalty, but then London Wasps finally made their way over NEC Harlequins tryline with a 61st minute try, by Hooker, Phil Greening.

Continuous pressure from London Wasps allowed for the NEC Harlequins defence to crack and for Greening to score. Unfortunately King missed the conversion, but London Wasps closed the gap to 19-14.

Another penalty from Burke in the 65th minute opened the gap again to eight points. London Wasps did managed to apply more pressure to the NEC Harlequins defence and threw everything at them to try and come away with some points. It was not to be, and a charge-down by Burke, allowed for him to score an opportunist try in the dying moments of the game.

Burke missed the conversion but the game had already being won for the NEC Harlequins and London Wasps walked away with their fourth loss of the season, which keeps The Men in Black in 5th place in the league standings with 25 points.

Warren Gatland was furious at the loss and will defiantly want to get the side back on track before hosting The Sharks next Sunday