A League Match Report: Wasps beat London Irish at Hazelwood
Wasps run in six tries to beat London Irish 36-7 on Monday night.
London Irish started the stronger of the two teams and threatened to take an early lead, but Wasps defence held strong.
Wasps then had a period of pressure on the hosts line and they eventually made it count when on eight minutes Guy Thompson went over from the base of a scrum and deservedly put Wasps 5-0 up.
The visitors grew in confidence after the early score and threw everything at London Irish. Credit to the home team they withstood long periods of pressure, but they couldn't hold Wasps, when on 17 minutes Academy outside back Conor Dolan scored in the corner.
George Edgson, Alex Rieder and the rest of the Wasps forwards were carrying the ball strongly and it was creating front foot ball for the Wasps backs to utilise. Irish to their creditwere defending stoutly and they were slowly working their way back into the game.
It took an incredible length of the field effort for Wasps to score again. Alex Lozowski took a short 22 meter drop out to himself and proceeded to run all the way into the oppositions 22 before he was stopped. The fly half managed to offload to the supporting Thompson and the back rower fed it back to Lozowski to crash over under the posts. Lozowski converted his own try to make the score 19-0.
London Irish then had their full-back Tom Halse sent to the sin bin for giving away a penalty right on his own line. Wasps made the the most of the extra man as Brendan Macken dived on a kick through from Lozowski to score and make it 24-0 at the break.
The home side came out in the second half with a renewed vigour and started to threaten the Wasps line. Substitute Connor Hayhow got Irish on the board with a try on 44 minutes. Former England Sevens player Christian Lewis-Pratt added the conversion from out wide.
Wasps immediately responded with the impressive Thompson making an incisive break, but Irish just managed to repel the black and gold waves of attack. It wasn't long until Wasps did get their fourth try when some nice crisp hands created an overlap for Bassett to go over.
With the game all but sealed, Wasps started to play some champagne rugby, with Academy player Connor Eastgate combining nicely with winger Dolan for a highlight reel move.
Wasps then rounded off the scoring with a try on the full time whistle through Bedford prop Camilo Parilli-Ocampo. The former Leicester Tigers Academy player finished off a series of drives from close range with a strong carry over the try line. Eastgate added the conversion to make the final score 7-36.
After the match A League coach Matt Davies said: "It was a great result for the club tonight, with six good tries and a number of strong performances. Irish played with some real intent tonight and put us under pressure at times, but we put in some excellent defensive sets, and we were able to be clinical enough to build a strong lead at half time.
"In the second half we became a little disjointed at times, but maintain our work rate, particularly in defence, at crucial times.
"We have Saracens at Maidenhead next Monday and Bristol the week after, and we will be looking forward to building on tonight's performance."