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London Wasps A beaten by Saracens Storm

Saracens Storm 41 - 16 London Wasps 'A'

London Wasps were beaten convincingly by a strong Saracens Storm outfit at Old Albanians Rugby club in the Aviva A League on Monday night.

Despite an relatively even first 40 minutes, the home side went in 13-6 in front, and then pulled away in the second period to come out 41-16 winners.

The game started in an ominous fashion for the visitors, with Saracens on the attack and looking very dangerous. The Wasps defence held firm though and Saracens had to settle for just three points when the visitors were penalised in front of the posts.

Wasps came straight back though, winning a penalty straight from the resulting restart and Tommy Bell stepped up to take the three points from 40 metres out, levelling the scores at 3 a piece.

Saracens once again looked threatening in attack, working hard against a solid Wasps defence. With time, Saracens broke the visitors' lines with a great pass from Nils Mordt, but some good covering work from Bell and Nathan Morris, and then Jack Wallace out wide, kept the hosts out.

However, Wasps were again penalised in front of the posts, and Mordt had no problem with taking the 3 points to make the score 6-3 to the home sides with a quarter of the game gone.

Wasps came back strongly and were rewarded for their endeavours with a penalty on halfway. Bell once again showed his range, slotting the 3 points with a bit of help from the post, levelling the scores at 6 all.

Matt Everard then took the ball into contact and came off badly, taking a knock to the head and having to be replaced by Adam Peters.

Saracens returned to the attack earning a scrum 5 metres out. Good hands following that scrum put them in for a score out wide on half time. Mordt converted the try to make the score 13-6 at the break.

Change at half time saw Jordan Brookes come on for Charlie Davies and Liam O'Neil on for Tommy Bell, with Jack Wallace moving to fullback.

Saracens came out for the second half with more of the same attacking threat. It was not long before before that pressure told with a try out wide, which was converted to make the score 20-6.

Wasps then showed some spirit to put together a good number of phases and move into the Saracens 22. Great hands out wide created a bit of space and Wallace bundled over but he was held up over the line.

From the resulting scrum Wasps got over the line again, but once more they were held up.

From that scrum a good Saracens shove helped the home side steal the ball but a loose pass was pounced on by Wallace, who intercepted, rolled out of the tackle and put Jimmy Speirs in for a try. No conversion left the score at 20-11 to Saracens with 52 minutes played.

Changes for Wasps saw Ben Lonergan and Anthony Kent come on for Will Bigley and James Kellard.

Saracens came back strongly once more, dominating possession. A cut-out pass created some space out wide Saracens went over in the corner. Once again Mordt converted from the touchline to make the score Saracens Storm 27-11 London Wasps.

A change for Wasps brought Derek Asbun on for Nathan Morris.

Wasps countered well, putting together a number of good phases of really high tempo attacking play but it broke down when only one clearer got to the ruck and Wasps were penalised for holding on.

Saracens took advantage to go over once again. Neat hands out wide made use of extra numbers and the home side scooted over. The coversion was good, making the scores Saracens Storm 34-11 London Wasps A, with 64 minutes played.

Saracens were now in control of the game and moved back into the Wasps 22. It wasn't long before the hosts bundled over for another score. The try was converted and Wasps were trailing 41 points to 11, with 11 minutes to play.

Changes for Wasps saw Harry Williams and James Comben join the action in the place of Phil Swainston and Liam O'Neil.

Wasps once again showed some determination, attacking well. James Bailey recieved the ball in some space around 40 metres out in the wide channel and showed some real pace to beat the covering defenders, speeding down the touchline and go over for a late Wasps try. The conversion wasn't successful and the score was left at Saracens Storm 41-16 London Wasps 'A' at fulltime.

London Wasps 'A'
15 Tommy Bell
14 Jack Wallace
13 Paul Emerick
12 Jimmy Speirs
11 James Bailey
10 Will Robinson
9 Charlie Davies
1 Will Bigley
2 Nathan Morris
3 Phil Swainston
4 Richard Birkett (c)
5 James Cannon
6 James Kellard
7 Matt Everard
8 Sam Jones

16 Derek Asbun
17 Anthony Kent
18 Harry Williams
19 Adam Peters
20 Ben Lonergan
21 Jordan Brookes
22 Liam O'Neill
23 James Comben

Saracens Storm
1. Jared Saunders
2. Max Crumpton
3. Matt Stevens
4. Eoin Sheriff
5. Tom Jubb
6. Nick Fenton Wells
7. Andy Saull
8. Jono Ross
9. Ben Spencer
10. Nils Mordt (Captain)
11. Duncan Taylor
12. Adam Powell
13. Sam Stanley
14. Joe Maddock
15. Ben Ransom

16. Scott Spurling
17. Darren Fearn
18. Lorenzo Romano
19. Paul Spivey
20. Matt Hankin
21. Ali Price
22. Nick Tompkins
23. Nathan Earle