Match Report: Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 14-38 Wasps U18s

Wasps Under 18s continued their good start to the Premiership Rugby U18 Competition with a second bonus point win of the campaign against Yorkshire Carnegie in Bishop Burton on Saturday. 

Wasps started the game strongly, dominating possession for the first 20 minutes and creating several opportunities. Some good defence by the hosts and some mistakes late in the build-up play, stopped the visitors from scoring initially, but Wasps kept pushing and eventually got their first try. Jacob Umaga made a strong line break to create the front-foot-ball for lock Joe Tunney to go through a couple of despairing tackles and over the line, from just inside the 22. Umaga added the conversion to give Wasps a 7-0 lead.

Wasps continued to have the lions-share of possession and a fine kicking game from halfbacks Umaga and Captain Will Porter caused much of the game to be played in Carnegie territory. An error by the hosts deep in their 22, then allowed Umaga to dot down for Wasps’ second try. The fly half converted his own effort to complete the strong start from Wasps.

Yorkshire then got back in the game, as Wasps failed to gather the restart, the home side went through numerous phases, before a couple of defensive errors let them in through flanker Lewis Wilson. The conversion was added to move it back to a one score game.

Wasps then engineered a penalty on the edge of the 22 and scrum half Porter stepped up to make it 17-7 at half time.

After the break Yorkshire started well, Wasps managed to repel a catch and drive, but a move down the short side allowed Harry Davey to go over for Carnegie and bring them back into the game. The conversion was again put through the middle of the uprights to take it to 17-14.

The Black and Golds then got into their stride and took a quick throw, they kicked downfield and a good chase, including Taju Atta, saw Wasps turn the ball over and score under the posts through number eight Tom Willis. Umaga made no mistake in adding the extras from right in front of the posts, taking the lead out to 10 points again.

Wasps asserted their dominance with a catch and drive try for openside flanker James Seabrook. Umaga continued his 100% record from the tee with the conversion to make it 31-14.

For the final try, Wasps were camped in the visitors 22 for seven or eight minutes, they turned over a scrum on the five metre line and a good run by replacement scrum half Tom Bishop allowed  Tunney to go over from close range for his second try. Umaga made it six from six with the final conversion, giving Wasps a well deserved 38-14 win.

After the game Academy Coach James Honeyben said:

“Having a long away trip can often be testing mentally as well as physically, but the group showed real resilience and a fantastic work ethic to come away with the five points. There are certain technical areas we need to improve on and we will be faced with another challenge this weekend with Sale away. But we are confident that we will be competitive and put in the necessary performance.” 

To see highlights from the match visit MyTPE here. 

Wasps U18s team that faced Yorkshrie Carnegie U18s: 
15. Will Simonds
14. Taju Atta
13. Murray Bellis
12. Sam Spink 
11. Brendan Clark 
10. Jacob Umaga 
9. Will Porter (c) 
1. George Probyn
2. Alfie Barbeary
3. Osman Dimen
4. Ehize Ehizode
5. Joe Tunney
6. Alfred Mawdsley
7. James Seabrook
8. Tom Willis

16. Sam Clarkson
17. Joe Salkeld
18. Paddy Harris
19. Ed Adamson
20. Silas Pill
21. Tom Bishop
22. Mike Taylor
23. Matt Wells

U18 Academy Fixtures and Results:

30th December 2016- Wasps U18s 28-17 Worcester Warriors U18s

7th January 2017- Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 14-38 Wasps U18s

14th January 2017- Sale Sharks U18s v Wasps U18s

21st January 2017- Wasps U18s v Newcastle Falcons U18s @Broadstreet RFC 6:30pm KO.

28th January 2017- Leicester Tigers U18s v Wasps U18s

11th February 2017- Wasps U18s v Northampton Saints U18s

18th February 2017- U18s Academy Finals Day

To see the all of the Academy fixtures this season please click here.