18 - 9
KO HT +ET FT +ET

KO: 3:00PM
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Stadium Welford Road

Referees Karl Dickson, Simon Harding, Robert Warburton, Trevor Fisher

REPORT | Leicester Tigers 18-9 Wasps

A couple of wild minutes decided a stormy afternoon at Welford Road as Wasps fell to an 18-9 defeat to Leicester Tigers in Round 10 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Penalties seemed to be the order of the day, as Wasps led 9-6 thanks to three Jimmy Gopperth kicks, until the 55th minute when Tigers mauled over through Greg Bateman.  

With Leicester leading 13-9 with 15 minutes to go, Zach Kibirige looked set to score to put Wasps ahead, only for Tigers scrum-half Ben White to dislodge the ball with his try-saving tackle and just a minute later, with the visitors playing into space again, a loose pass was scooped up by Telusa Veainu who ran the length of the pitch to effectively seal the contest in the wind and rain.

It was a disappointing finish for the men in Black and Gold who came away empty-handed.

The strength of the wind soon became evident following kick-off, with Tom Hardwick’s kick ahead from well inside his own half being carried over the dead-ball line. Wasps won the scrum and Dan Robson chipped into the 22 but Veainu tracked back to gather and make a mark.

Wasps then put together the first serious attack of the afternoon when Gopperth broke out of his 22 and chipped ahead. Rory Hughes just beat Kibirige to the ball and slid into touch, deep inside the home 22. Wasps won the lineout and moved infield, where Leicester were penalised and Gopperth’s close-range kick opened the scoring after eight minutes.

Gopperth soon featured again with a well-placed kick ahead, which Hardwick gathered to touch down for a 22 dropout. The long dropout was gathered and Jacob Umaga hoisted a kick which Hardwick dropped a few metres from the line. Robson broke from the scrum and tried to feed Umaga but Jaco Taute got a hand to the ball in a deliberate knock-on directly in front of the posts. Gopperth’s kick doubled the lead after quarter of an hour.

Wasps threatened again when Jack Willis stole a turnover and burst towards the 22 but Robson’s chip went out on the full.

After two Leicester penalties finally took them up to the Wasps 22, Hardwick’s kick for the corner went dead. Leicester were soon back on the attack when a towering kick drifted away from Umaga and bounced inside the Wasps 22. The pressure yielded a penalty which Hardwick safely put into touch near the left corner. Leicester drove for the line but excellent Wasps defence, with Thomas Young to the fore, stopped them just short and the scrum went to the visitors.

Twelve minutes before half-time, Leicester opened their account after Wasps were penalised for not rolling away and Hardwick was on target from 30 metres, directly in front of the posts. The restart then sailed into touch on the full to give Leicester a scrum on the centre spot. Wasps were penalised for collapsing and Hardwick went for the posts but his kick drifted wide.

Simon McIntyre limped off with Zurabi Zhvania coming on to replace him for his first appearance since early December and just a few minutes later, Leicester turned down a kick at goal to set up a lineout on the Wasps 22. However, Willis stole possession and Gopperth’s downfield kick was fumbled by Hardwick a few metres inside the Leicester half. Nizaam Carr did well to gather from the base of the scrum but was forced into touch.

The half-time whistle blew with Wasps still holding a narrow lead after 40 minutes which had been dominated by the conditions.

Wasps made an encouraging start to the second-half when Umaga’s well-placed restart led to a penalty inside the Leicester 22. Carr went up in the lineout but was taken out in the air and Tomas Lavanini was sent to the sin-bin. Wasps made a series of drives for the line before Leicester were penalised directly in front of the posts and Gopperth had another simple kick to stretch the lead to six points.

Two minutes later, a powerful lineout drive won Leicester a penalty and a lineout deep inside the Wasps 22, but Willis and Young combined to win a turnover. From the scrum, Umaga’s cleared but another powerful lineout drive took Leicester up towards the line. They won a penalty and replacement Noel Reid cut the deficit to three points, with only three minutes left of Lavanini’s enforced absence.

The lock returned after Wasps lost a lineout on the Leicester 22, before the Black and Golds won a penalty which was cleared to the Leicester ten-metre line. The home pack then stuck to the successful formula of a powerful drive, with another penalty taking them close to the 22.

Leicester’s increasing forward dominance eventually produced the inevitable result, when Bateman completed another unstoppable drive to touch down for the game’s first try, a few metres to the left of the posts. Reid’s conversion made it 13-9 with 55 minutes played.

After powerful runs by Young and replacement Sione Vailanu, Robson’s fine kick found touch inside the Leicester 22. Wasps moved the ball wide and Kibirige seemed certain to go over in the corner, only to lose the ball in White’s tackle just short of the line. It looked like a high tackle, but the referee took a lenient view and ruled that Kibirige had knocked on, with no foul play from the Tigers scrum-half.

A minute later, Leicester struck a crucial blow after Umaga’s pass failed to go to hand, just outside the Leicester 22, with a promising overlap out on the left. Veainu gathered the loose ball to race 75 metres for a try near the right corner. Reid missed the conversion, but an 18-9 lead with 14 minutes left was now looking daunting.

Needing a rapid response, Wasps chanced their arm, with Robson’s kick out to the right wing, inside his 22. Kibirige gathered well and beat two defenders, but Umaga could not hold on to his inside pass, with space opening up invitingly in front of him. It was Wasps’ last opportunity, as the home side held out to condemn them to a frustrating defeat.

Attentions now switch to a first ever Friday night Gallagher Premiership match at Ricoh Arena against Saracens this coming week.

Tickets to Wasps v Saracens are available by clicking the link below or calling 02476 786411. 

Lineup

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
  • Greg
    Bateman
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Youngs
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Daniel
    Cole
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Tomas Ezequiel
    Lavanini
    4
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Will
    Spencer
    5
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Hanro
    Liebenberg
    6
    Jack
    Willis
  • Jordan
    Taufua
    7
    Thomas
    Young
  • Sione Ma'ake
    Kalamafoni
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Ben
    White
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Tom
    Hardwick
    10
    Jacob
    Umaga
  • Rory
    Hughes
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Kyle
    Eastmond
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Jacob Johannes
    Taute
    13
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois
  • Jonah
    Holmes
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Telusa
    Veainu
    15
    Marcus
    Watson

Replacements

  • Tatafu
    Polota-Nau
    16
    Gabriel
    Oghre
  • Nephi
    Leatigaga
    17
    Zurabi
    Zhvania
  • Joe
    Heyes
    18
    Biyi
    Alo
  • Harry
    Wells
    19
    Brad
    Shields
  • Tommy
    Reffell
    20
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Harry
    Simmons
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Noel
    Reid
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • George
    Worth
    23
    Sam
    Spink
18 - 9
Final Whistle Blows
76'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jaco Taute
18
-
9
76'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jordan Taufua
18
-
9
76'
Replacement On
Replacement on George Worth
18
-
9
76'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tommy Reffell
18
-
9
71'
Replacement On
Replacement on Joe Heyes
18
-
9
71'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Dan Cole
18
-
9
69'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ben White
18
-
9
69'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Greg Bateman
18
-
9
69'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jacob Umaga
18
-
9
69'
Replacement On
Replacement on Harry Simmons
18
-
9
69'
Replacement On
Replacement on Nephi Leatigaga
18
-
9
69'
Replacement On
Replacement on Billy Searle
18
-
9
66'
Replacement On
Replacement on Sam Spink
18
-
9
66'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Michael Le Bourgeois
18
-
9
66'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tommy Taylor
18
-
9
66'
Replacement On
Replacement on Gabriel Oghre
18
-
9
65'
Missed Conversion
Noel Reid has missed the conversion
18
-
9
64'
Try
Leicester Tigers have scored a try
18
-
9
62'
Replacement On
Replacement on Biyi Alo
13
-
9
62'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Kieran Brookes
13
-
9
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Youngs
13
-
9
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tatafu Polota-Nau
13
-
9
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on Brad Shields
13
-
9
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Thibaud Flament
13
-
9
55'
Conversion
Noel Reid has kicked the conversion
13
-
9
54'
Try
Leicester Tigers have scored a try
11
-
9
52'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Nizaam Carr
6
-
9
52'
Replacement On
Replacement on Sione Vailanu
6
-
9
49'
Penalty
Noel Reid has kicked the penalty goal
6
-
9
45'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Hardwick
3
-
9
45'
Replacement On
Replacement on Noel Reid
3
-
9
43'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
9
41'
Yellow Card
Tomas Lavanini has been given a yellow card
3
-
6
31'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Simon McIntyre
3
-
6
31'
Replacement On
Replacement on Zurabi Zhvania
3
-
6
27'
Penalty
Tom Hardwick has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
6
24'
Replacement On
Replacement on Harry Wells
0
-
6
24'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Sione Kalamafoni
0
-
6
14'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
0
-
6
8'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
0
-
3
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
  • Greg
    Bateman
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Youngs
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Daniel
    Cole
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Tomas Ezequiel
    Lavanini
    4
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Will
    Spencer
    5
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Hanro
    Liebenberg
    6
    Jack
    Willis
  • Jordan
    Taufua
    7
    Thomas
    Young
  • Sione Ma'ake
    Kalamafoni
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Ben
    White
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Tom
    Hardwick
    10
    Jacob
    Umaga
  • Rory
    Hughes
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Kyle
    Eastmond
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Jacob Johannes
    Taute
    13
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois
  • Jonah
    Holmes
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Telusa
    Veainu
    15
    Marcus
    Watson

Replacements

  • Tatafu
    Polota-Nau
    16
    Gabriel
    Oghre
  • Nephi
    Leatigaga
    17
    Zurabi
    Zhvania
  • Joe
    Heyes
    18
    Biyi
    Alo
  • Harry
    Wells
    19
    Brad
    Shields
  • Tommy
    Reffell
    20
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Harry
    Simmons
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Noel
    Reid
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • George
    Worth
    23
    Sam
    Spink

Lineup

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
  • Greg
    Bateman
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Youngs
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Daniel
    Cole
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Tomas Ezequiel
    Lavanini
    4
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Will
    Spencer
    5
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Hanro
    Liebenberg
    6
    Jack
    Willis
  • Jordan
    Taufua
    7
    Thomas
    Young
  • Sione Ma'ake
    Kalamafoni
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Ben
    White
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Tom
    Hardwick
    10
    Jacob
    Umaga
  • Rory
    Hughes
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Kyle
    Eastmond
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Jacob Johannes
    Taute
    13
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois
  • Jonah
    Holmes
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Telusa
    Veainu
    15
    Marcus
    Watson

Replacements

  • Tatafu
    Polota-Nau
    16
    Gabriel
    Oghre
  • Nephi
    Leatigaga
    17
    Zurabi
    Zhvania
  • Joe
    Heyes
    18
    Biyi
    Alo
  • Harry
    Wells
    19
    Brad
    Shields
  • Tommy
    Reffell
    20
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Harry
    Simmons
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Noel
    Reid
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • George
    Worth
    23
    Sam
    Spink

Lineup

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
  • Greg
    Bateman
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Tom
    Youngs
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Daniel
    Cole
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Tomas Ezequiel
    Lavanini
    4
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Will
    Spencer
    5
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Hanro
    Liebenberg
    6
    Jack
    Willis
  • Jordan
    Taufua
    7
    Thomas
    Young
  • Sione Ma'ake
    Kalamafoni
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Ben
    White
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Tom
    Hardwick
    10
    Jacob
    Umaga
  • Rory
    Hughes
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Kyle
    Eastmond
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Jacob Johannes
    Taute
    13
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois
  • Jonah
    Holmes
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Telusa
    Veainu
    15
    Marcus
    Watson

Replacements

  • Tatafu
    Polota-Nau
    16
    Gabriel
    Oghre
  • Nephi
    Leatigaga
    17
    Zurabi
    Zhvania
  • Joe
    Heyes
    18
    Biyi
    Alo
  • Harry
    Wells
    19
    Brad
    Shields
  • Tommy
    Reffell
    20
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Harry
    Simmons
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Noel
    Reid
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • George
    Worth
    23
    Sam
    Spink