Needing a bonus point to be sure of a top two finish, the London Wasps AASE squad based at Henley College duly delivered a stunning performance with five tries in each half.
Later in the evening St Pauls (Irish) beat Filton (Bristol) 11-8 meaning Wasps AASE were confirmed the winners of the Southern League and will have a home-play-off in mid April.
This was a truly impressive performance by Henley College against a very competitive Truro team. There were no easy tries, each one came from dedicated approach work and some excellent running, handling and passing. With playing conditions favouring the Henley College style of play and watched by a very good crowd of parents, friends and long term Wasps supporters, the players produced their finest performance of the season.
First half tries came from Lewys Weaver, Zach Maiden and three from Liam O’Neil fresh from his performance on Monday with the Wasps A team down at Exeter. George Eastwell added two conversions and a penalty to take the half time score 32-5 with Truro crossing with some powerful work through the forwards close to the Henley College line.
With the bonus point in the bag the danger is concentration and the basics can drop making it very hard going in the second half. However, the squad, with all subs being used, kept their focus well and maintain their shape and patterns well, leading to further scores from Keiran Duffin, Jono Woodward, Zach Maiden, Jack Daly and Jake Elias with two further conversions and a penalty from George Eastwell.
This game ends the first phase of the season (the League) and is now followed by phase 2 the play off structure against the AASE Northern League teams which leads to a final at Twickenham in April. Whatever the final fate for the squad in terms of final League position this has been and outstanding season based on hard work by the whole squad throughout the season and bodes well for next season.
A special word for Dan Batty at Henley College who has taken up the lead coach role at the College since Mark Lock moved on in November and equally Martin Unsworth also based at Henley College who has worked tirelessly to ensure the AASE has been a success.
Finally a big thank you to all the staff at Twyford High School for all their support with the AASE programme over the 5 years since when it was embraced by the school. We will miss the close relationship that has developed with the school when the programme transfer to Henley College is completed at the end of this season.