39 - 22
KO HT +ET FT +ET

KO: 2:30PM
Saturday, March 07, 2020

Stadium Ricoh Arena

Referees Ian Tempest, Christophe Ridley, Gareth Holsgrove, Trevor Fisher

 

REPORT | Wasps 39-22 Gloucester Rugby

Wasps continued their impressive run of form with a third consecutive bonus-point win, as they ran in five tries to beat Gloucester Rugby 39-22 in Round 13 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Wasps roared into a 22-0 lead inside 30 minutes with tries from Jack Willis, Josh Bassett and Jacob Umaga, all converted by Jimmy Gopperth, and an opportunist drop-goal from skipper and man-of-the-match Dan Robson.

The visitors responded with two breakaway tries in quick succession from Tom Marshall and Ollie Thorley, before Nizaam Carr went over for the bonus-point try on the stroke of half-time.

Twelvetrees scored a try and conversion for the visitors early in the second-half, before Malakai Fekitoa went over for Wasps’ fifth. After Lloyd Evans secured Gloucester’s try-bonus point, Gopperth added a penalty and it ended 39-22, as the men in Black and Gold made it three wins on the spin for the first time since September 2018.

It was the visitors who fired the opening shots, after sending a penalty to the left corner. The drive made limited progress before the ball was released to the backs. Mark Atkinson found some space and offloaded to Twelvetrees, but the ball had gone forwards.

A minute later, Gloucester won a lineout just inside the Wasps half, but Willis intercepted  Callum Braley’s pass and had the pace to hold off the chasing defenders, to go over for a try. Gopperth converted to make it 7-0 with six minutes played.

Almost immediately, Willis won a turnover ten metres inside the Wasps half and quick passing sent Gopperth racing downfield. Recycled ball was won in the Gloucester 22 and Umaga sent a kick out towards the left wing. Louis Rees-Zammit did well to jump and gather and the ball found Jake Polledri, whose marauding run took him through a series of tackles, before the move broke down inside the home half.

Wasps were quickly back on the attack when Robson’s run took them deep into Gloucester territory, but a kick ahead bounced away from Marcus Watson and into touch. With the visitors back on the attack, a pass was fumbled and Umaga made a valiant attempt to gather, but lost control of the ball with open field in front of him.

Wasps extended their lead in the 15th minute with a snap drop-goal by Robson. Wasps were on the attack inside the 22, but the ball was knocked backwards, the skipper gathered and spun round to send a sweetly-struck kick between the posts.

Wasps then came close to a second try when a Gloucester pass was spilt in midfield and Carr gathered the loose ball. Thibaud Flament raced downfield before passing out to the right, where Lima Sopoaga was forced into touch a few metres from the line.

Lewis Ludlow’s storming run then took Gloucester up towards the Wasps 22. He had players in support but Fekitoa’s off-the-ball tackle earned him a yellow card. Gloucester went for the corner but the drive was stopped, Wasps won a penalty and Umaga cleared into the opposition half.

Another penalty took them to within ten metres of the line and a well-controlled drive moved infields before gradually advancing on the line. The ball was released to Robson and his short pass sent Bassett over in the left corner for his first Premiership try of the season. Gopperth, who had briefly left the field for a blood injury, hit the right post with his conversion attempt.

Try number three came two minutes later, following another Gloucester handling error, a few metres inside the Wasps half. The ball found Sopoaga, whose sumptuous long pass sent Watson racing away down the right. He found Umaga in support and the fly-half stepped inside the final defender to race clear for his third try in three games. Gopperth’s conversion made it 22-0, with ten minutes of the half remaining and Fekitoa set to return.

Six minutes before the break, the visitors opened their account when Marshall broke through Watson’s tackle to go over in the left corner. Twelvetrees mishit his conversion, which went low and wide.

A minute later, Wasps thought they had secured their bonus-point try when Carr sent Willis over from the 22, but the TMO ruled that there had been a forward pass. Gloucester broke quickly from the resultant scrum and Marshall provided the final pass for Thorley to end a sweeping move down the left with a superb try, which Twelvetrees was again unable to convert.

In the final play of the half, Wasps stole a Gloucester lineout and the ball was moved quickly along the line. Fekitoa threaded a neat grubber through the defence and Marshall tackled Sopoaga off the ball as he attempted to pick up just short of the line. No penalty try was awarded, but the Gloucester full-back was sent to the sin-bin and Wasps kicked to the corner. A well-worked lineout set up an unstoppable drive and Carr touched down for the bonus-point score, which Gopperth converted with a perfectly judged kick from the touchline.

Gloucester applied the early second-half pressure, but another pass went astray and Robson hacked the ball towards Bassett, who took play up towards halfway. When the ball came back across the field, Carr showed his speed with a strong run near the right touchline. In the next attack, Tom Cruse chipped ahead, but the ball went dead, with Bassett in hot pursuit.

Six minutes into the half, Paolo Odogwu, who had been Gopperth’s first-half blood replacement, came on for Watson, who had taken a knock to the head in a brave tackle on Thorley as Gloucester pressed down the left. Following a lineout near the left corner, Atkinson sent Twelvetrees over for Gloucester’s third try near the posts and Twelvetrees added the extra points to bring the deficit back to 12 points.

Wasps responded three minutes later when Umaga’s long pass sent Fekitoa over in the right corner with advantage being played, following a series of forward drives in midfield. Gopperth added another magnificent conversion from the touchline.

Gloucester refused to lie down and came close to scoring when Louis Rees-Zammit went over between the posts, but a twin tackle from Sopoaga and Odogwu prevented him from grounding the ball. Odogwu then made way for Watson, who had passed his head injury assessment. It was a brief respite for Wasps, as Evans broke from the ensuing scrum to touch down out wide on the right. Twelvetrees was again off target with his conversion attempt.

With 62 minutes played, Gopperth landed a simple penalty to take the lead to 17 points.

A minute later, Robson took a quick-tap penalty just inside the Gloucester half, then chipped ahead into open space. Watson was winning the race to the ball but an awkward bounce forced a knock-on just short of the line. The winger then left the field for good, with Odogwu returning for the last ten minutes.

Tim Cardall came on for Charlie Matthews, following a wonderful all-round display from the second-row.

Gloucester pressed hard for a consolation score, but good spoiling by replacement Will Porter set up a penalty in the final play of the afternoon and Wasps ended comfortable winners.

The victory sent Wasps fifth in the table, their highest position of the season. Next up they tackle Northampton Saints away, before a big home game against Worcester Warriors in Black and Gold Saturday on March 28, which will be followed by Wasps Ladies v Firwood Waterloo Ladies at Ricoh Arena.

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

Lineup

Wasps
Gloucester Rugby
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    1
    Josh
    Hohneck
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Franco Stephan
    Marais
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Fraser
    Balmain
  • Charlie
    Matthews
    4
    Alex
    Craig
  • Thibaud
    Flament
    5
    Francois John
    Mostert
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Jake
    Polledri
  • Jack
    Willis
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlow
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Ruan
    Ackermann
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Callum
    Braley
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Lloyd
    Evans
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Ollie
    Thorley
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Mark
    Atkinson
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Billy
    Twelvetrees
  • Marcus
    Watson
    14
    Louis
    Rees-Zammit
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    15
    Tom
    Marshall

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    Henry
    Walker
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Alex
    Seville
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Ciaran
    Knight
  • Tim
    Cardall
    19
    Ed
    Slater
  • Ben
    Morris
    20
    Aaron
    Hinkley
  • William
    Porter
    21
    Charlie
    Chapman
  • Sam
    Spink
    22
    Daniel Jerome
    Cipriani
  • Paolo
    Odogwu
    23
    Tom
    Seabrook
39 - 22
Final Whistle Blows
74'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom Seabrook
39
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74'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Billy Twelvetrees
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22
74'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Charlie Matthews
39
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22
74'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tim Cardall
39
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22
73'
Replacement On
Replacement on Sam Spink
39
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22
73'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Malakai Fekitoa
39
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22
70'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Marcus Watson
39
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22
70'
Replacement On
Replacement on Paolo Odogwu
39
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22
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Morris
39
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22
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Will Porter
39
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22
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Brad Shields
39
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22
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Dan Robson
39
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22
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alex Seville
39
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22
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Josh Hohneck
39
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22
62'
Penalty
Wasps have kicked the penalty goal
39
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22
61'
Replacement On
Replacement on Biyi Alo
36
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22
61'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Kieran Brookes
36
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22
61'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ben Harris
36
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22
61'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom West
36
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22
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Gabriel Oghre
36
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22
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Cruse
36
-
22
58'
Missed Conversion
Billy Twelvetrees has missed the conversion
36
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22
57'
Try
Lloyd Evans has scored a try
36
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22
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Paolo Odogwu
36
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22
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on Marcus Watson
36
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22
52'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
36
-
17
51'
Try
Wasps have scored a try
34
-
17
48'
Conversion
Billy Twelvetrees has kicked the conversion
29
-
17
47'
Try
Billy Twelvetrees has scored a try
29
-
15
46'
Replacement On
Replacement on Paolo Odogwu
29
-
10
46'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Marcus Watson
29
-
10
40'+
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
29
-
10
40'
Try
Nizaam Carr has scored a try
29
-
10
39'
Yellow Card
Tom Marshall has been given a yellow card
22
-
10
37'
Missed Conversion
Billy Twelvetrees has missed the conversion
22
-
10
36'
Try
Ollie Thorley has scored a try
22
-
10
35'
Try
Jack Willis has scored a try
27
-
5
34'
Missed Conversion
Billy Twelvetrees has missed the conversion
22
-
5
33'
Try
Tom Marshall has scored a try
22
-
5
29'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
22
-
0
28'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Paolo Odogwu
22
-
0
28'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jimmy Gopperth
22
-
0
28'
Try
Jacob Umaga has scored a try
20
-
0
25'
Missed Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has missed the conversion
15
-
0
24'
Try
Josh Bassett has scored a try
15
-
0
20'
Yellow Card
Malakai Fekitoa has been given a yellow card
10
-
0
16'
Replacement On
Replacement on Paolo Odogwu
10
-
0
16'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jimmy Gopperth
10
-
0
15'
Drop Goal
Wasps have scored a drop goal
10
-
0
6'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
7
-
0
5'
Try
Jack Willis has scored a try
5
-
0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Wasps
Gloucester Rugby
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    1
    Josh
    Hohneck
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Franco Stephan
    Marais
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Fraser
    Balmain
  • Charlie
    Matthews
    4
    Alex
    Craig
  • Thibaud
    Flament
    5
    Francois John
    Mostert
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Jake
    Polledri
  • Jack
    Willis
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlow
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Ruan
    Ackermann
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Callum
    Braley
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Lloyd
    Evans
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Ollie
    Thorley
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Mark
    Atkinson
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Billy
    Twelvetrees
  • Marcus
    Watson
    14
    Louis
    Rees-Zammit
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    15
    Tom
    Marshall

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    Henry
    Walker
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Alex
    Seville
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Ciaran
    Knight
  • Tim
    Cardall
    19
    Ed
    Slater
  • Ben
    Morris
    20
    Aaron
    Hinkley
  • William
    Porter
    21
    Charlie
    Chapman
  • Sam
    Spink
    22
    Daniel Jerome
    Cipriani
  • Paolo
    Odogwu
    23
    Tom
    Seabrook

Lineup

Wasps
Gloucester Rugby
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    1
    Josh
    Hohneck
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Franco Stephan
    Marais
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Fraser
    Balmain
  • Charlie
    Matthews
    4
    Alex
    Craig
  • Thibaud
    Flament
    5
    Francois John
    Mostert
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Jake
    Polledri
  • Jack
    Willis
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlow
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Ruan
    Ackermann
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Callum
    Braley
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Lloyd
    Evans
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Ollie
    Thorley
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Mark
    Atkinson
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Billy
    Twelvetrees
  • Marcus
    Watson
    14
    Louis
    Rees-Zammit
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    15
    Tom
    Marshall

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    Henry
    Walker
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Alex
    Seville
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Ciaran
    Knight
  • Tim
    Cardall
    19
    Ed
    Slater
  • Ben
    Morris
    20
    Aaron
    Hinkley
  • William
    Porter
    21
    Charlie
    Chapman
  • Sam
    Spink
    22
    Daniel Jerome
    Cipriani
  • Paolo
    Odogwu
    23
    Tom
    Seabrook

Lineup

Wasps
Gloucester Rugby
  • Benjamin
    Harris
    1
    Josh
    Hohneck
  • Tom
    Cruse
    2
    Franco Stephan
    Marais
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Fraser
    Balmain
  • Charlie
    Matthews
    4
    Alex
    Craig
  • Thibaud
    Flament
    5
    Francois John
    Mostert
  • Brad
    Shields
    6
    Jake
    Polledri
  • Jack
    Willis
    7
    Lewis
    Ludlow
  • Nizaam
    Carr
    8
    Ruan
    Ackermann
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Callum
    Braley
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Lloyd
    Evans
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Ollie
    Thorley
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Mark
    Atkinson
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Billy
    Twelvetrees
  • Marcus
    Watson
    14
    Louis
    Rees-Zammit
  • Lima
    Sopoaga
    15
    Tom
    Marshall

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    Henry
    Walker
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Alex
    Seville
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Ciaran
    Knight
  • Tim
    Cardall
    19
    Ed
    Slater
  • Ben
    Morris
    20
    Aaron
    Hinkley
  • William
    Porter
    21
    Charlie
    Chapman
  • Sam
    Spink
    22
    Daniel Jerome
    Cipriani
  • Paolo
    Odogwu
    23
    Tom
    Seabrook