U18s beat Saracens at Allianz Park

Wasps ran in five tries as they beat their Saracens counterparts 34-12 on Friday night.

Wasps’ Connor Eastgate put Wasps 3-0 up with an early penalty, before Saracens hit-back. The home side worked a nice scrum move and got outside the Wasps defence, to score in the corner. The hosts added the conversion to give themselves a four-point lead.

Wasps regained the lead, when winger Matt Illube produced a fine finish. The winger collected an inside pass from fly half Eastgate and showed good strength to ride some tackles over the line.

The visitors then extended their lead with two tries from catch and drives by Senior Academy back row forward Jack Willis, who was returning from a six month injury lay-off. Eastgate added one conversion to make the score 22-7 at halftime.

After the break Saracens scored a close range try to narrow the gap. However, that was as close as the hosts would get, as Wasps scored two more tries to seal an impressive win against last season's U18 Academy League champions.

First Eastgate fizzed a pass out to Caleb Shepherd and the centre finished well in the corner from 30 yards out. Then Ollie Brown showed great footwork and awareness to cleverly put away Charlton Kerr for Wasps’ last try.  

After the game Matt Davies said: “It was a fantastic result and it is a reward for how hard this group of players have worked since the summer. It was important to record a win after the disappointment of the London Irish loss. To beat a side that has consistently performed over the last couple of years was a big step forward.

"We have Exeter, Bristol and Harlequins to come in January and we will be looking to build on this performance and see this group grow."