The AASE side qualified for today's semi-final by beating Ivybridge 36-14 last week in a rescheduled game.
The London Wasps AASE team based at The Henley College entered this rescheduled game in confident mood, drawn from 3 wins on the trot. However although this was a League match in all sense and purposes this was a play off, a winner takes all contest.
The game started in good conditions with Ivybridge choosing to take the wind advantage in the first half. The initial exchanges were quite predictable with Ivybridge having the territory and attacking around the Henley College 22. Early on we saw the Ivybridge taking a pragmatic approach to the game with an attempted drop goal after only a few phases, clearly looking to build a lead.
This attempt narrowly missed, however the territory advantage until a brilliant turn over from Conor Morrison led to a truly magnificent passage of play, ending in a walk over try for Lewys Weaver, converted by George Eastwell for a 7pt lead. From this turn over the tight head prop Tom Rowlands passed out a 10m miss pass, left to right, to Jono Woodward who rounded the first defender and raced into space. Woodward found support with a great off load in the shape captain and hooker Ryan Kirby. Kirby matched this with another quality off load to Liam O’Neil with the attack entering the opposition 22. No 8 Oskar Hirsky Douglas latched onto yet another quality off load and distributed to the line of four players outside now presented with a clear run in, finish off by Weaver.
The first half continued with further tries from Kirby after some powerful forward drives and O’Neil finishing well out wide after Kia George had brilliantly taken 3 defenders out of the defence. This gave Henley College a 17pt lead with the advantage of the breeze in the second half to come. Ivybridge continued to command good first half territory and crossed for a converted try just before half time.
Henley College started the second half in a similar manner. Taking the territory first through some astute kicking by scrum half Jack Daly, the forwards produced a powerful driving maul with Kirby taking the honours of the touch down. The half led to further tries for Weaver and George with conversions by George and Weaver.
Henley College failed to deal with a simple kick off restart, leading to a further try and conversion by Ivybridge. This was just about the only lapse in what was otherwise and outstanding, skilful and ambitious from the rapidly developing Henley College squad. Final score 36pts to 14pts.
Supporters can view some of the tries on here
Wasps team: Oli Foster, Liam O’Neil, Jono Woodward, Lewys Weaver, Oli Jones, George Eastwell, Jack Daly, Craig Parker, Ryan Kirby (C), Tom Rowlands, Bradley Scharff, Kia George, Samir Karbouch, Conor Morrison, Oskar Hirsky Douglas
Subs: Tyrone Brown, Tom Mawle, Ryan Smith, Kieran Duffin, Alex Harrison, Dan Barnes