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Wasps U18 lose out to Irish

The London Wasps U18s lost 34-5 to a well drilled London Irish side last night in Maidenhead.

London Irish scored five unanswered second half tries to beat a Wasps side, supported on the night by first team players Hugo Southwell and James Cannon, who lent a hand coaching the team

It was Wasps first outing in the Academy league this season, while Irish had already beaten Saracens.

With the scores level at 5-5 at half time with tries coming from Cameron Cowell (London Irish) and Felix McKenzie (London Wasps), the game was finely balanced before a decision by the referee, with the help of his touch judge, tipped the game in London Irish’s favour.

A strong carry from London Irish lock Ollie Curry was thwarted by a strong tackle from Wasps wing Conor Corrigan that saw the wing pick the lock up and drive him backwards.The referee consulted with the touch judge and ruled it to be a tip tackle and yellow card for Corrigan.

The Exiles exploited the one-man advantage to the maximum with Bradley Greer and Cowell going over whilst Corrigan was in the bin.

London Irish possess a real arsenal in their backline and it was no surprise that they were able to exploit the extra space through the lightening speed of Cowell and Greer.

Whilst the Wasps scrum was dominant throughout, London Irish put real pressure on Wasps at the breakdown and stretched them out wide.

London Irish cut loose in the final quarter crossing three more times with Ryan Bifield and Ross Neal among the scorers.

The win sets up nicely a huge fixture with Harlequins for London Irish on Friday night between two sides that along with Exeter Chiefs appear to be the strongest in the southern conference.

Meanwhile, Wasps will be hoping to turn things around in time for a trip to Saracens, also on Friday night.

Match report thanks to www.inattheside.com

London Wasps U18s
15 ALEX WINTERBURN 14 CONOR CORRIGAN 13 JAMIE PEARSON 12 BEN WOOD 11 SHAQUILLE JACK 10 TIM BITIRIM 9 JAMES SMALL-EDWARDS 1 TOM WEST 2 FELIX MCKENZIE 3 GEORGE EDGSON 4 WILL MORRISON © 5 JAKE O’LEARY 6 JACKSON BURTON 7 JACK WILLIS 8 MATT BLANDFORD
Replacements: 16 HARRY BARON 17 OLI BUTLER 18 CECIL MCCARTHY 19 WILL TAAL 20 GEORGE BAKER 21 DAN WOOTON 22 PAT CULLIGAN 23 STUART JORDAN

London Irish U18s
1. George Sewell (St Pauls catholic College) 2. Ollie Adams (St Pauls catholic College) 3. Tyler White (St Pauls catholic College) 4. Ollie Curry (St Pauls catholic College) 5. Theo Vukasinovic (Reeds School) 6. Luke Frost (St Pauls catholic College) 7. Max Berry (St Pauls catholic College) 8. Ryan Bifield (St Pauls catholic College) 9. Conor Murphy (St Pauls catholic College) 10. Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School) 11. Harry Lightfoot-Brown (St Pauls catholic College) 12. Ross Neal (RGS High Wycombe) 13. John Williams (St Pauls catholic College)
14. Bradley Greer (John Fisher School) 15. Cameron Cowell (St Pauls catholic College)
Replacements: 16. Joel Armitage (Senior Academy) 17. Curtis Langdon (St Pauls catholic College) 18. Charlie Stonehill (St Pauls catholic College) 19. Seb Herold (Churchers) 20. Greg Brown (St Pauls catholic College)
21. Eddie Lewis (St Pauls catholic College) 22. Ross Catlin (Wellington College) 23. Reuben Norville (St Pauls catholic College)

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