27 - 16
KO HT +ET FT +ET

KO: 3:00PM
Sunday, January 06, 2019

Stadium Ricoh Arena

Referees Luke Pearce, Andrew Jackson, Wayne Falla, Geoff Warren

Wasps kick off 2019 with win over Saints

Wasps saw in the New Year with a welcome return to winning ways, as they sealed a 27-16 win over Northampton Saints in Round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Wasps took an early lead through Josh Bassett’s try in the right corner, converted by Lima Sopoaga before Dan Biggar replied with a penalty.

Juan de Jongh’s individual score, again converted by Sopoaga, put the home side 11 points ahead but within a minute, Fraser Dingwall crossed for the visitors. Biggar added the conversion plus two penalties after a three-pointer from Sopoaga to reduce Wasps’ lead to 17-16 at the interval.

After man-of-the-match Thomas Young had a try ruled out early in the second-half, Willie Le Roux edged them further ahead with a try in the corner again converted magnificently by Sopoaga. Another penalty from the fly half was the final score of an entertaining game, which ended the recent run of disappointing results.

After Wasps failed to control the kick-off, Northampton applied early pressure. Despite losing possession they remained camped in Wasps territory after Le Roux kicked out on the full and Sopoaga’s penalty missed touch. Wasps finally escaped from their own 22 when they won a turnover and Young’s chase of Dan Robson’s clearance took play deep into the visitors’ 22.

After 15 minutes of scrappy rugby, the game finally burst into life when Le Roux broke away  down the right. Deep inside the 22, he threw an infield pass towards Bassett but the winger was being held back by Ahsee Tuala. Wasps put the penalty into touch at the corner and the lineout set up a series of surges for the line, before the ball was moved back out to the right and Bassett went over in the corner. Sopoaga added a superb touchline conversion.

Northampton soon pulled back three points with a 30-metre penalty from Biggar. Wasps produced a rapid response when De Jongh chipped behind the defence, gathered his own kick and raced in from 40 metres for a superb individual score which Sopoaga converted.

Wasps immediately conceded a try after failing to gather the restart. Saints won quick possession at the scrum and Cobus Reinach created an opening for Dingwall to go over near the posts. Biggar’s easy conversion narrowed the gap to 14-10.

The next opportunity fell to Wasps, with slick passing setting up an overlap on the left, but Nizaam Carr’s pass towards Elliot Daly went into touch. A turnover on halfway then launched another attack, with Daly’s kick finding touch near the corner.

A minute later, another attack down the left saw Young’s infield pass being intercepted ten metres from the line and eight minutes before half-time, Sopoaga finally extended Wasps’ lead to 17-10 with a 40-metre penalty.

That score was soon cancelled out with a simple Biggar penalty. Wasps then showed dissent at a penalty just inside the visitors’ half and were marched back ten metres. Biggar went for the posts from 47 metres and his successful kick made the half-time score 17-16 to Dai Young’s men.

The second-half began with the Northampton pack rumbling a maul 20 metres upfield, before Robson’s charge-down took Wasps back into the Saints’ 22. A promising attack then saw a powerful burst by Young, with Joe Launchbury in support, but the move came to nothing.

A minute later, Young burst clear of a ruck to run in from 20 metres, but the score was ruled out, as Wasps were penalised for Nizaam Carr taking the Northampton defender out, without it being a ruck.

Wasps then won a scrum penalty just inside their own half. Daly went for the posts but his kick dropped well short.

With 54 minutes gone, Wasps scored their third try after Bassett intercepted on halfway. De Jongh kicked downfield and a chaotic passage of play, in which Northampton tried to work their way out from their in-goal area, ended with Le Roux touching down in the right corner and Sopoaga landed another stunning conversion.

Wasps came close to a bonus-point try after the forwards piled on the pressure but replacement Nathan Hughes lost the ball in the tackle as he went for the line.

With the game in the final quarter, Wasps sustained the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty just outside Northampton’s 22 and Sopoaga’s kick took the lead to 11 points.

Several minutes of Wasps pressure failed to produce a fourth try, the closest they came being after Daly’s diagonal run set up a half-chance on the right, but Brad Shields was unable to capitalise.

In the closing minutes, it was the visitors who were on the attack. With just over a minute left, Luther Burrell went over between the posts but pressure from Bassett meant he lost control of the ball, a fraction of a second before grounding it. Wasps won a penalty from the ensuing scrum and Daly’s penalty found touch ten metres short of halfway to give the men in Black and Gold a final chance of going for the bonus point. They won the lineout but possession was lost and the final whistle went.

The Gallagher Premiership takes a rest now with the return of Heineken Champions Cup action over the next fortnight, with Wasps travelling to Bath Rugby next weekend.

Tickets for Wasps versus Leinster Rugby on Sunday 20 January are available by clicking the button below, starting from £19 for adults, with under 10s free in certain price categories.

Lineup

Wasps
Northampton Saints
  • Zurab
    Zhvania
    1
    Francois
    van Wyk
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Reece Christopher
    Marshall
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    3
    Ehren
    Painter
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    David
    Ribbans
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Courtney Linford
    Lawes
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Thomas Andrew
    Wood
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlam
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Teimana
    Harrison
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Jacobus Meyer
    Reinach
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    10
    Daniel Rhys
    Biggar
  • Elliot
    Daly
    11
    Taqele
    Naiyaravoro
  • Juan Leon
    de Jongh
    12
    Luther
    Burrell
  • Michele
    Campagnaro
    13
    Fraser
    Dingwall
  • Josh
    Bassett
    14
    Thomas Peter
    Collins
  • Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux
    15
    Ahsee
    Tuala

Replacements

  • Antonio Junior
    Harris
    16
    James Daniel
    Fish
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    17
    Alexander Marshall
    Waller
  • Will
    Stuart
    18
    Ben
    Franks
  • Kearnan
    Myall
    19
    Apisalome
    Ratuniyarawa
  • Nathan
    Hughes
    20
    Heinrich Wilhelm
    Brüssow
  • Craig
    Hampson
    21
    Alexander
    Mitchell
  • Billy
    Searle
    22
    James
    Grayson
  • Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
    23
    Andrew
    Kellaway
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Final Whistle Blows
76'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Michele Campagnaro
27
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16
76'
Replacement On
Replacement on Gabiriele Lovobalavu
27
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16
76'
Replacement On
Replacement on Thomas Young
27
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16
76'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Nizaam Carr
27
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16
74'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Dan Biggar
27
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74'
Replacement On
Replacement on James Grayson
27
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67'
Replacement On
Replacement on Nizaam Carr
27
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67'
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Replacement off Thomas Young
27
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16
66'
Replacement On
Replacement on Will Stuart
27
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66'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jake Cooper-Woolley
27
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66'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Zurab Zhvania
27
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16
66'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Harris
27
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16
63'
Penalty
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the penalty goal
27
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16
61'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alex Mitchell
24
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61'
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Replacement off Cobus Reinach
24
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16
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ehren Painter
24
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16
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Francois van Wyk
24
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60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Reece Marshall
24
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60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Franks
24
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60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alex Waller
24
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16
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on James Fish
24
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16
54'
Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the conversion
24
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16
53'
Try
Wasps have scored a try
22
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16
53'
Replacement On
Replacement on Nathan Hughes
17
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53'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Nizaam Carr
17
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16
49'
Missed Penalty
Elliot Daly has missed the penalty
17
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16
39'
Penalty
Northampton Saints have kicked the penalty goal
17
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16
35'
Penalty
Dan Biggar has kicked the penalty goal
17
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13
33'
Penalty
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the penalty goal
17
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10
25'
Conversion
Dan Biggar has kicked the conversion
14
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10
25'
Try
Fraser Dingwall has scored a try
14
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10
23'
Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the conversion
14
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3
22'
Try
Juan de Jongh has scored a try
12
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3
20'
Penalty
Dan Biggar has kicked the penalty goal
7
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3
18'
Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the conversion
7
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0
17'
Try
Josh Bassett has scored a try
5
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0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Wasps
Northampton Saints
  • Zurab
    Zhvania
    1
    Francois
    van Wyk
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Reece Christopher
    Marshall
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    3
    Ehren
    Painter
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    David
    Ribbans
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Courtney Linford
    Lawes
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Thomas Andrew
    Wood
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlam
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Teimana
    Harrison
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Jacobus Meyer
    Reinach
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    10
    Daniel Rhys
    Biggar
  • Elliot
    Daly
    11
    Taqele
    Naiyaravoro
  • Juan Leon
    de Jongh
    12
    Luther
    Burrell
  • Michele
    Campagnaro
    13
    Fraser
    Dingwall
  • Josh
    Bassett
    14
    Thomas Peter
    Collins
  • Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux
    15
    Ahsee
    Tuala

Replacements

  • Antonio Junior
    Harris
    16
    James Daniel
    Fish
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    17
    Alexander Marshall
    Waller
  • Will
    Stuart
    18
    Ben
    Franks
  • Kearnan
    Myall
    19
    Apisalome
    Ratuniyarawa
  • Nathan
    Hughes
    20
    Heinrich Wilhelm
    Brüssow
  • Craig
    Hampson
    21
    Alexander
    Mitchell
  • Billy
    Searle
    22
    James
    Grayson
  • Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
    23
    Andrew
    Kellaway

Lineup

Wasps
Northampton Saints
  • Zurab
    Zhvania
    1
    Francois
    van Wyk
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Reece Christopher
    Marshall
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    3
    Ehren
    Painter
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    David
    Ribbans
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Courtney Linford
    Lawes
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Thomas Andrew
    Wood
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlam
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Teimana
    Harrison
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Jacobus Meyer
    Reinach
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    10
    Daniel Rhys
    Biggar
  • Elliot
    Daly
    11
    Taqele
    Naiyaravoro
  • Juan Leon
    de Jongh
    12
    Luther
    Burrell
  • Michele
    Campagnaro
    13
    Fraser
    Dingwall
  • Josh
    Bassett
    14
    Thomas Peter
    Collins
  • Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux
    15
    Ahsee
    Tuala

Replacements

  • Antonio Junior
    Harris
    16
    James Daniel
    Fish
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    17
    Alexander Marshall
    Waller
  • Will
    Stuart
    18
    Ben
    Franks
  • Kearnan
    Myall
    19
    Apisalome
    Ratuniyarawa
  • Nathan
    Hughes
    20
    Heinrich Wilhelm
    Brüssow
  • Craig
    Hampson
    21
    Alexander
    Mitchell
  • Billy
    Searle
    22
    James
    Grayson
  • Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
    23
    Andrew
    Kellaway

Lineup

Wasps
Northampton Saints
  • Zurab
    Zhvania
    1
    Francois
    van Wyk
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Reece Christopher
    Marshall
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    3
    Ehren
    Painter
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    David
    Ribbans
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Courtney Linford
    Lawes
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Thomas Andrew
    Wood
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlam
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Teimana
    Harrison
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Jacobus Meyer
    Reinach
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    10
    Daniel Rhys
    Biggar
  • Elliot
    Daly
    11
    Taqele
    Naiyaravoro
  • Juan Leon
    de Jongh
    12
    Luther
    Burrell
  • Michele
    Campagnaro
    13
    Fraser
    Dingwall
  • Josh
    Bassett
    14
    Thomas Peter
    Collins
  • Willem Jacobus
    Le Roux
    15
    Ahsee
    Tuala

Replacements

  • Antonio Junior
    Harris
    16
    James Daniel
    Fish
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    17
    Alexander Marshall
    Waller
  • Will
    Stuart
    18
    Ben
    Franks
  • Kearnan
    Myall
    19
    Apisalome
    Ratuniyarawa
  • Nathan
    Hughes
    20
    Heinrich Wilhelm
    Brüssow
  • Craig
    Hampson
    21
    Alexander
    Mitchell
  • Billy
    Searle
    22
    James
    Grayson
  • Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
    23
    Andrew
    Kellaway