Old rivalries were renewed when Wasps Legends took to the field at Allianz Park to play Saracens Scimitars. The likes of Andy Gomarsall, Damian Cronin, Phil Greening, Paul Volley and Fraser Waters took on Saracens Hugh Vyvyan, Thomas Castaignede and Dan Harris.
Wasps started strongly with a try from John Abadom with Matt Leek converting (0 – 7). Saracens hit back with two tries in quick succession from Rod Penny and Paul Reid (10 – 7). Joe Beardshaw took a short pop to score to put Wasps Legends back in front with Andy Gomarsall converting (10 – 14). Saracens ended the half in front with a try out wide on the wing to make it 15 – 14 to the home side.
The second half saw both teams swapping tries with Wasps Legends opening the scoring with John Abadom’s second try of the afternoon. Matt Leek converting to retake the lead 15 – 21. John Buckton responded for Saracens to keep the hosts in touch with the visitors (20 – 21). Rob Laird broke through the Black and red defence to nudge ahead (20 – 26).
Saracens took back the lead a few minutes later with John Buckton scoring his second of the day (27 – 26). Lewis Gunn finished off the scoring for Wasps with another break through the line but it was Saracens who took the last word with Rod Penny scoring his second. Wasps Legends held their breath as the conversion went wide and the visitors won 33 – 32 in what was a classic game of rugby from some legends of the game.
Immediately after the game, Trustees of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, Paul Clements and Peter Scrivener presented Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Chief Executive Office, Neil Swan, with a cheque for £30,000.
Neil Swan, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation has chosen to support Starlight this year. Their generous contribution will help Starlight to bring fun and laughter into the lives of seriously and terminally ill children and we are immensely grateful for their support.”
Wasps Legends Chairman, Paul Clements, said: “it’s great that Starlight could attend the game today so we could make an official presentation, through our tours and family fun days we’ve found a more formal way for our past players to stay involved and support good causes at the same time. The money we raised for Starlight is being put towards 3 Starlight Fund Centres, which are mobile entertainment units, at Milton Keynes Hospital and 4 at Stoke Mandeville as well as helping the charity to grant the dearest wishes of two very poorly children to go to Disneyland and Florida”.
Wasps Legends Trustee, Peter Scrivener, added: “to play here in a Stadium like Allianz Park, with old friends and players is a special occasion, especially as it’s all for charity and we are very proud to be entertaining Starlight today. It makes it extra special that we managed to get the victory over our old rivals Saracens Scimitars.”