U18s lose narrowly to London Irish

Wasps’ U18s lost 17-15 in a tight contest to their London Irish counterparts on Friday night at Maidenhead RFC.

Irish got off to a fast start and scored an unconverted try in the corner after just four minutes through centre Connor Hayhow.

The away side continued their strong start with another try four minutes later through Sam Evans. Winger Joe Cokanasiga made a strong break down the right wing, after a poor Wasps kick chase. He offloaded to the supporting Evans and the fly-half went over under the posts and added the conversion. That took the Sunbury based side 12-0 up after just eight minutes.

However three minutes later Wasps got back into the game, as they got their first points from a catch and drive try. After a sharp break from scrum-half Will Porter, number eight Tom Willis barged his way over, to claim the five points and take the deficit to just seven.

The visitors then had Cokanasiga sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and Wasps made the most of the man advantage. Willis dived over for his second from close range, to make the score 10-12 at half time.

Soon after the break Irish gave themselves some more breathing room as captain Matt Kouris scored.

Wasps pushed hard to get back level for the remaining quarter of the match and looked likely to go on and win when flanker Will Glover scored to make it 15-17 with 15 minutes left. However the conversion was missed by captain Connor Eastgate and despite their best efforts the home side couldn’t score anymore points.

The U18s are now preparing for a game against Saracens U18s on Friday at Allianz Park.

Wasps Academy Coach James Honeyben said: “I was disappointed with our execution, having worked hard to get into scoring positions. We have had a good response in training and we’re looking forward to demonstrating that we have learnt from the mistakes we made last week, in the match against Saracens on Friday.”