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Wasps A undone by classy Quins

Wasps A suffered a tough 52-5 defeat at the hands of the Aviva A league leaders Harlequins at The Stoop.

Quins had raced into a 40-0 lead half time lead and an avalanche of second half scores looked ominous, but credit to a young Wasps outfit who fought incredibly hard in the second half, holding the hosts to two tries – one a penalty try - and keeping them scoreless for over 30 minutes.

With Wasps already out of contention for the knockout stages of this competition and with a depleted squad available to pick from, in part due to a delayed return from Italy yesterday, the Matt Everard led side featured six guest players in the starting line-up.

The lack of familiarity between the players made life very tough for a much more fluent home side in the opening 40 minutes in front of a 2,000 strong crowd.

Quins got off to a bright start finding holes on the Wasps defence with ease and with their offloading game looking a threat from the off, Tom Casson raced over for the first try after just four minutes. Rory Clegg’s convertion made it 7-0.

The home side looked dangerous on every attack and duly scored again after another few minutes of pressure, this time captain Luke Wallace crashing over from a driving lineout. Clegg added the extras for a 14-0 lead after 10 minutes.

It needed a good intervention from Paul Emerick and Tom Howe in a scramble defence to save another certain try after Quins turned over in Wasps’ first foray into their 22 to race clear.
It was all Quins in attack as they continued to mount pressure in attack. Their third try came after an excellent scrum when Karl Dickson raced over with his pack going forward as Quins led 21-0 after 27 minutes.

Will Robinson finally gave Wasps some territory with a lovely kick deep into the Quins 22 but Wasps were caught napping as the home side threw the ball in quickly and winger Miles Mantella raced away outsprinting the defence until Tinus Du Plessis cut across very well to stop him on the 22 metre line.

Wasps looked more sprightly in attack for the next few plays with a passage of pressure in the Quins 22, turning down a couple of shots at goal. Unfortunately the ball was turned over just five metres out and the hosts raced down the other end to score through Ollie Lindsay-Hague. The damage was made worse just minutes later when Dickson sprinted through some poor tackling to give the home team a 33-0 lead which the stretched again when Wallace burrowed over just on the stroke of halftime with those quick-fire tries making it 40-0 at the break.

Quins were unchanged at the break while Wasps brought on Adam Dowsett and Mike Allen for Phil Swainston and Will Robinson with Jonah Holmes moving to number 10.

The home side were on the board 9 minutes in as they controlled possession as Lindsay-Hague raced through a gap to score.

Holmes did well in the unfamiliar number10 shirt, with some nice kicks and slick passing and finally Wasps worked a scoring chance but a wide pass from Tom O’Toole floated into touch and the chance was lost.

Holmes though worked another opening for Wasps and with Dowsett sparking the Wasps forwards at number 9, the second half continued on a much more even basis.
A shored up scrum kept Quins under pressure and Emerick did his best on a rushed defence to put the midfield under pressure as Wasps looked much more tenacious all round throughout the second half.

Quins had a chance to grab another score when Seb Stegmann raced into the line but hearty rear-guard action on their own try-line from Wasps kept the home team at bay.
Quins hammered away in attack as Wasps repelled their efforts and the home team had to wait until the final six minutes to score after they were awarded a penalty try from scrum pressure.

Wasps went back up the other end and exerted some decent pressure in the Quins 22 with Nathan Morris going well on a few bursts. Their second half efforts were finally rewarded with a try out wide for Alex Harrison after good build-up from Emerick, Holmes and Ali Bone.

Wasps A
15 Tom O’Toole (Rosslyn Park)
14 Tom Howe
13 Paul Emerick
12 Jimmy Spiers (OAs)
11 Billy Driver (Southend)
10 Will Robinson
9 Jonah Holmes
1 Lewis Thiede
2 Nathan Morris
3 Phil Swainston
4 Andy Cannock (Henley)
5 Connor McDonald (Rosslyn Park)
6 Tinus Du Plessis
7 Matt Everard
8 Ali Bone (Loughborough)
16 Gareth Harris (Loughborough)
17 Will Bigley
18 Ant Kent (Rosslyn Park)
19 tommy Spinks (London Scottish)
20 Adam Dowsett (Rosslyn Park)
21 Robbie Shaw (Richmond)
22 Mike Allen (OAs)
23 Alex Harrison (Wasps EPDG)

Quins A
15. Ollie Lindsay-Hague
14. Seb Stegmann
13. Harry Sloan
12. Tom Casson
11. Mile Mantella
10. Rory Clegg
9. Karl Dickson
1. Mark Lambert
2. Dave Ward
3. Will Collier
4. Pete Browne
5. Charlie Matthews
6. Joe Trayfoot
7. Luke Wallace (C)
8. Jack Clifford
16. Nic Mayhew
17. Darryl Marfo
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. George Merrick
20. TBC
21. Henry Taylor
22. Louis Grimoldby
23. Jordan Burns