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20 Aug 2006: Wasps v Calvisano

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Match Report
Calvisano's Badge Wasps 56
Wasps's Badge Wasps 5
Fixture Type: Friendly Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 20 Aug 2006, Kick Off: 15:00

Two out of two

A star studded Wasps team despatched Calvisano who, to be fair, were not at full strength, by 56-5 whilst the A team overcame Division 3 side, Blackheath 41-14 in the curtain raiser.

John Hart wearing the captain's armband led by example

Although there were some aspect of the Wasps game that still looked a little rusty, there were positives a-plenty. Dan Leo once again took the eye, playing at No6 for the 1XV and continuing in the impressive form that he showed at Newbury a fortnight ago, whilst John Hart worked tirelessly throughout his 78 minutes on the pitch. Josh Lewsey made several powerful, crowd-pleasing runs out on the right wing, and Rob Hoadley showed some deft touches playing at outside centre. Mark Van Gisbergen also looked fresh, in his first run out of the season, and turned in a 100% place kicking performance to rack up 21 points from a try and eight conversions.

Leo put Wasps ahead after 8 minutes, driving over at a line out, and Fraser Waters scored the first of his two tries in the 10th minute, following some good work from Mark Van Gisbergen in the fly half role and a Lewsey burst down the wing.

Wasps continued to create opportunities and stretch Calvisano as the half hour approached, but handling errors from the backs denied the team continuity and points. However, the half ended with two more tries, Tom Voyce finishing off the first after a lovely break from John Hart down the middle of the pitch.

The final try before the turn around was probably the pick of the day however - a length of the pitch play that showcased some excellent support play from both forwards and backs. Things started hairily however as, under pressure on his own try line, Alex King did not have space for a clearance kick so looked for the pass. Practically in their own goal area, Wasps moved the ball to across the entire width of the pitch before Lewsey found the space to sprint out of his twenty two. With Calvisano covering across, Wasps interplay and support carried them fully the length of the pitch before Mark Van Gisbergen finished off the move to the delight of the crowd.

28-0 ahead at half time, McGeechan rang the changes, with Ibanez, Worsley, Walder and Sackey coming on for Ward, Leo, King and Lewsey respectively.

Fraser Waters contributed two touchdowns to Wasps eight try haul

Good work from Hoadley created Wasps' next two scores. For the first, flanker James Haskell took a good line and was at full pace as Hoadley timed his pass well to put the back rower clean through to score. His work in the build up for the second try then allowed Walder to seek out the space to put Sackey in for Wasps sixth touchdown of the day.

Waters scored his second in the 56th minute, this one coming from a strike run off first phase ball after his break up field had given Wasps a scrum in the Italians 22. A stolen line out created the space for Ayoola Erinle to score Wasps final try after 62 minutes, and only a loose pass from Paul Sackey in the final ten minutes allowed Calvisano onto the scoreboard, Roland De Marigny snapping up the interception and striding over the line.

Poor handling meant Wasps surrendered two other good scoring opportunities as full time approached, but despite this Head Coach Shaun Edwards was able to sum up positively after the final whistle. 'All in all, it was a good day,' he said. 'We need to look at this game in context, and some of our defence looked strong, but some was a bit rusty.'

Earlier in the afternoon, Wasps A's curtain raiser concluded as a convincing a 41-14 victory over Blackheath, a good result for a young team including eight of Wasps up and coming Academy talents.

The A's were without Martin Purdy and Chris Bishay, late withdrawals with hamstring trouble and a heavy knock to the shin respectively. In place of Purdy, Rob Webber took the captain's armband, whilst JP Filler took a rather unfamiliar role at lock and hookers Webber and Barrett took a half each at flanker.

Meanwhile, the Blackheath fielded former Wasp Tim Foster, who is still playing some rugby although his focus is currently on developing a career in the City, and Matt Webber, brother of Rob.

Mark Van Gisbergen crosses for Wasps most entertaining try of the day

Two tries for blossoming wing Mark Odejobi gave Wasps a 12-0 lead at half time.
The As were looking strong in the line-out, and in the back line. New signing Tom Palmer was influential at the throw ins, and centre Dominic Waldouck impressed with some big tackling and also set up Odejobi for his second try. Unfortunately, Waldouck did not take part in the second half, having received a knock to the head just prior to half time.

Wasps stretched their lead quickly after the break, a try for Edd Thrower in the 41st minute and Cipriani in the 49th taking the home side 24-0 ahead. Cipriani's score came from a blind side break, the fly half sprinting 50 metres unchallenged to score under the posts.

Academy colleague Hugo Ellis scored a pleasing try of his own in the 54th minute, breaking blind and fending off the attentions of Blackheath winger Martin Lacey to sprint 30 metres and score in the corner.

Wasps fifth try came from David Doherty in the 58th minute, but Blackheath recovered to score two quick tries in the 69th and 71st minute to pull back to 34-14. However, Jacques Nel, a Blackheath player guesting for Wasps, finished off the scoring in injury time to give Wasps a healthy 41-14 final wining margin.

McGeechan's good day also included an incident free run out for Tom Rees, who played the final 25 minutes against Calvisano, and also for James Brooks, whose 2005-6 had been plagued with injury. However, the fly half started the second half for the A team and came through the 40 minutes unscathed.

'We've played two weeks of rugby in a day,' said the Wasps Director of Rugby, 'and I'm encouraged by the rugby we played and the attitude of the players. There was a great atmosphere at Henley this afternoon, I hope the supporters enjoyed it, and I'd like to thank all the staff of Henley Hawks for hosting us so well. You have to bear in mind that Calvisano are about a month behind us, training-wise, but nevertheless it felt like a good day for Wasps today.'Wasps A
15 David Doherty - 1T, 2C
14 Sam Wardingly*
13 Doninic Waldouck
12 Edd Thrower - 1T, 1C
11 Mark Odejobi - 2T
10 Danny Cipriani - 1T
9 James Honeyben

1 Alistair McKenzie
2 Rob Webber (c)
3 Nick Adams
4 JP Filler
5 Tom Palmer
6 Jonny Barrett
7 Garth Chamberlain
8 Hugo Ellis - 1T

16 Jack Knight*
17 Tom Lindsey
18 Tom French
19 David Joll*
20 James Brooks
21 Dave Foxwell*
22 Piero Arping*
B Jacques Nel* - 1T

*Blackheath player guesting for WaspsBlackheath
15 Matrin O'Lima - 1T
14 Martin Lacey
13 Roman Piotrowski
12 Tony Skurr
11 George Koberidze
10 Dave Whitehead - 2C
9 Shaun Manning

1 Matt Webber
2 Alex Natera
3 Des Brett
4 Alisatir Vanner
5 Tom Bason
6 Neil Dewale
7 Dave Allen
8 Ken Aseme

16 Barden Meuws
17 Simon Legg
18 James Kellard
19 Ben Ibraham
20 Sean Moan - 1T
21 Tim Foster
22 Nick Maurer
23 Prince Moyo
24Jimmy Stanford

Referee Andrew Small
HT 12-0

Wasps v Calvisano

No24 Joe Worsley
Referee: Rob Debney
HT 28-0

Attendance 1,300