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Wasps Apprentices ease out Exeter

Wasps AASE win 26 – 8 with a strong performance against a physical Exeter side.

The Wasps AASE side, playing as Henley College, were in action tihs week, taking on their Exeter counterparts.

Wasps started the game strongly, dominating possession, but a number of penalties against them let Exeter relieve their lines and enter the Wasps 22. A further penalty inside the Wasps 22 gave Exeter the chance to go for the posts and go 3 points in front. Wasps 0 – 3 Exeter.

Wasps immediately replied, working up the field and won a penalty in front of the posts, just outside the 22, which George Eastwell kicked to level the score at 3-all.

Wasps were forced to work hard for their next points, working their way slowly up-field, but being held ten metres short of the try line by a resilient Exeter defence. Wasps had to make do with 3 points, as Exeter gave a penalty away and it was taken by Eastwell to put Wasps in front 6-3.

As halftime approached, Wasps were given a scrum on their own 10 metre line. They were comprehensively shoved off the ball, but when the eight picked up from the base he was met by a strong tackle from Eastwell, who then got his hands on the ball and stole possession. A strong run from Kai George, set up the first try of the game, when he drew the tackle and offloaded well to Oscar Hirsky-Douglas, who raced up field before drawing the last defender and putting Liam O’Neill in under the posts. The try was converted by Eastwell to make the scores Wasps 13-3 Exeter.

Wasps were given another scrum from the restart, on their own 22, which they held well. Oscar Hirsky-Douglas picked from the base and passed to Jack Daly, who, two-on-one with the winger, showed the dummy and burst through the line to the Exeter 22. Outnumbered, he put in a grubber kick, knowing that Liam O’Neill was supporting inside him, who ran onto the ball, collected well and went under the posts for the second try of the game. Eastwell converted and Wasps led at the break 20 points to 3.

After a hard-fought first 15 minutes of the second half, in which possession changed hands numerous times, Exeter were the first to take a firm hold of the game, winning a penalty on the half way line and kicking into the Wasps 22. A well-organised catch and drive resulted in Exeter shoving over and scoring in the corner to reduce the deficit, with the score at Wasps 20 – 8 Exeter.

Wasps replied immediately, putting pressure on from the kick-off, defending well to force a penalty in their favour in front of the posts. Eastwell took the opportunity for 3 points, Wasps 23 – 8 Exeter.

Despite being in the ascendancy, Wasps were not able to convert the possession they had into more points for a long period. They finally added to their total through a penalty, 35 metres out from Eastwell, leaving the final scores at Wasps 26 – 8 Exeter.

Henley College

15 Ollie Foster
14 Liam O’Neill
13 Jono Woodward
12 Dan Barnes
11 Tom Inglis
10 George Eastwell
9 Jack Daly

1 Craig Parker
2 Ryan Kirby (c)
3 Tyrone Brown
4 Ryan Smith
5 Luke Paynter
6 Kai George
7 Connor Morrison
8 Oscar Hirsky-Douglas


16 Ryan Cole
17 Tom Bowman
18 Kieran Duffin
19 Jack Wilson
20 Harry McCartney
21 Jake Elais
22 Zac Maiden