47 - 24
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KO: 1:30PM
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Stadium Ricoh Arena

Referees Matthew Carley, Karl Dickson, Ian Tempest, Tom Foley

REPORT | Wasps 47-24 Bristol Bears

Wasps booked their place in the Gallagher Premiership Final with an outstanding performance to bring them their twelfth win in thirteen games and their most important in three years.

They only outscored Bristol by five tries to four, but two of the visitors’ scores came in the last few minutes, long after Lee Blackett’s men had made the game safe.

Wasps went ahead after nine minutes, when Malakai Fekitoa gathered Dan Robson’s delicate chip to go over for a try. Jimmy Gopperth converted, then added two penalties, before Luke Morahan crossed in the corner. Gopperth added another penalty, before Man-of-the Match Jack Willis forced his way over, five minutes before halftime. Gopperth’s conversion gave his side a 23-5 lead at the break.

Nine minutes after the restart, Harry Thacker’s converted try gave Bristol hope, but Gopperth landed another penalty. Before Wasps took complete control with converted tries from Robson, Zach Kibirige and Matteo Minozzi. Harry Randall and Max Malins scored consolation tries in the last six minutes.

After Wasps kicked off, two penalties inside the first minute gave Bristol an attacking position just outside the home 22. From the second lineout, Semi Radradra’s first carry was stopped by Fekitoa’s solid tackle. Radradra’s pass towards Morahan then flew harmlessly into touch, a few metres outside the home 22. From the lineout Wasps won their first penalty, when their driving maul took them up to halfway, before being illegally stopped.

With seven minutes played, former Wasp Piers O’Conor gathered a kick inside his 22 and made a few metres before being flattened by a thumping tackle from Kieron Brookes. Wasps won a penalty, which set up a lineout on the Bristol 22. Joe Launchbury won possession and the forwards made a few metres before releasing the ball to Robson. His precise chip over the defence bounced perfectly for Fekitoa, who gathered a couple of metres out and dived over between the posts. Gopperth landed the conversion, but Fekitoa, who had been struggling for several minutes, limped off before the restart. He was replaced by Michael Le Bourgeois.

Fifteen minutes later, Gopperth landed a long-range penalty to extend the lead to 10-0. Wasps then had half a chance, when Josh Bassett intercepted Radradra’s pass, a few metres inside the Bristol half. Radradra just managed to hang on to the winger, who would have had a clear run in to the line.

A scrum penalty, just outside the Bristol 22 gave Gopperth a simple three-pointer to make it 13-0 after twenty minutes. Within two minutes, Bristol produced a quick response when Nathan Hughes took a quick penalty inside the Wasps 22 and a long pass sent Morahan over in the right corner. Andy Uren then broke down the right wing, but Morahan could not hang on to his pass ten metres outside the home 22.

It was then Wasps’ turn to come close, after Gopperth’s kick was deflected towards Robson, well inside the Bristol half. Seeing space out wide, he sent a kick towards the right corner. Thomas Young set off in pursuit, but the ball rolled agonisingly into touch-in-goal, giving Bristol a scrum, just outside the 22. It yielded a penalty for Wasps and Gopperth had another kick from in front of the posts to make it 16-5, with ten minutes of the half to play.

Five minutes before halftime, Wasps added their second try with a thrilling breakaway started by Minozzi. Young raced away down the left and fed Bassett, who passed inside to Willis. The flanker charged through a series of tackles, before being stopped just short. Wasps kept the ball alive and it was Willis who powered his way over. Gopperth converted to take the lead to eighteen points and 23-5 was the halftime score.

Bristol posed the first threat of the second half, with Monahan’s run setting up Malins, who found his way into the Wasps 22. He was tackled and the ball was moved back across the field, but the ball was spilt. Simon McIntyre then pulled off an outstanding tackle and steal, before making way for Tom West.

Bristol had a golden opportunity, after Radradra’s break took play up to the Wasps 22. Uren was in support and the ball found Callum Sheedy, who seemed certain to score, only for Willis to produce an extraordinary tackle to prevent him from grounding the ball. Two penalties kept up the pressure and a lineout drive took Thacker over for a try in the left corner. Sheedy landed the tricky conversion.

Gopperth’s fourth penalty, on 55 minutes took the lead back to fourteen points. Two minutes later, he was denied three more points when his long-range effort from just inside the Bristol half came back off the left post.

On the hour mark, Wasps took a giant step towards Twickenham, thanks to a piece of quick thinking by Robson’s quick thinking. Following a driving lineout deep inside the Bristol 22, Wasps won a penalty. The scrum-half took a quick tap and darted over in the left corner. Gopperth’s imperious conversion stretched the lead to 33-12.

Seventeen minutes from time, Wasps made certain of their final place, when a Bristol pass went astray and Kibirige scooped up the ball to race in from just outside his own 22 and go over for the fourth try of the afternoon. Gopperth’s conversion made it 40-12. A minute later, Gopperth’s superb cross-field kick found Bassett, who sent Minozzi racing into the left corner. Gopperth was again on target, to take his personal tally to twenty-two points.

With six minutes left, replacement Harry Randall went over for a consolation try which Sheedy converted. Three minutes from time, Malins added Bristol’s third. Bassett then came within a whisker of a sixth Wasps try, when he chased the restart and came tantalisingly close to getting a hand on the ball before it touched the dead-ball line. With the clock at zero, Gopperth missed a penalty, but the whistle went with Wasps comfortable 47-24 winners and looking ahead to their day at HQ.

Lineup

Wasps
Bristol Bears
  • Simon
    McIntyre
    1
    Jake
    Woolmore
  • Tommy
    Taylor
    2
    Harry
    Thacker
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Ioane Fitu
    Afoa
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    Joe
    Joyce
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Christopher
    Vui
  • Jack
    Willis
    6
    Steven
    Luatua
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Ben
    Earl
  • Brad
    Shields
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Andy
    Uren
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Callum
    Sheedy
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Piers
    O'Conor
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Siale
    Piutau
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Semi Turagasoli Waqavatu
    Radradra
  • Zachary
    Kibirige
    14
    Luke
    Morahan
  • Matteo
    Minozzi
    15
    Max
    Malins

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    George
    Kloska
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Yann
    Thomas
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Kyle
    Sinckler
  • James
    Gaskell
    19
    Ed
    Holmes
  • Alfie
    Barbeary
    20
    Daniel
    Thomas
  • Tom
    Willis
    21
    Harry
    Randall
  • Ben
    Vellacott
    22
    Sam
    Bedlow
  • Michael
    Le Bourgeois
    23
    Alapati
    Leiua
47 - 24
Final Whistle Blows
80'
Missed Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has missed the penalty
47
-
24
77'
Try
Max Malins has scored a try
47
-
24
74'
Conversion
Callum Sheedy has kicked the conversion
47
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19
73'
Try
Harry Randall has scored a try
47
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17
69'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Vellacott
47
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12
69'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Dan Robson
47
-
12
68'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Semi Radradra
47
-
12
68'
Replacement On
Replacement on Sam Bedlow
47
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12
68'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alfie Barbeary
47
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12
68'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jack Willis
47
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12
67'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
47
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12
65'
Try
Matteo Minozzi has scored a try
45
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12
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Nathan Hughes
45
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12
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on George Kloska
45
-
12
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom Willis
40
-
12
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Thomas Young
40
-
12
64'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
40
-
12
63'
Try
Zach Kibirige has scored a try
38
-
12
62'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Kieran Brookes
38
-
12
62'
Replacement On
Replacement on Biyi Alo
38
-
12
61'
Replacement On
Replacement on Alapati Leiua
33
-
12
61'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Luke Morahan
33
-
12
60'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
33
-
12
59'
Try
Dan Robson has scored a try
31
-
12
57'
Missed Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has missed the penalty
26
-
12
54'
Replacement On
Replacement on James Gaskell
26
-
12
54'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Joe Launchbury
26
-
12
53'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
26
-
12
52'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Chris Vui
23
-
12
52'
Replacement On
Replacement on Daniel Thomas
23
-
12
51'
Replacement On
Replacement on Harry Randall
23
-
12
51'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Andy Uren
23
-
12
50'
Replacement Off
Replacement off John Afoa
23
-
12
50'
Replacement On
Replacement on Kyle Sinckler
23
-
12
50'
Replacement On
Replacement on Gabriel Oghre
23
-
12
50'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tommy Taylor
23
-
12
49'
Conversion
Callum Sheedy has kicked the conversion
23
-
12
48'
Try
Harry Thacker has scored a try
23
-
10
48'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jake Woolmore
23
-
5
48'
Replacement On
Replacement on Yann Thomas
23
-
5
45'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ed Holmes
23
-
5
45'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom West
23
-
5
45'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Joe Joyce
23
-
5
45'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Simon McIntyre
23
-
5
36'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
23
-
5
35'
Try
Jack Willis has scored a try
21
-
5
30'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
16
-
5
23'
Missed Conversion
Callum Sheedy has missed the conversion
13
-
5
22'
Try
Luke Morahan has scored a try
13
-
5
19'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
13
-
0
17'
Replacement On
Replacement on Michael Le Bourgeois
10
-
0
17'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Malakai Fekitoa
10
-
0
14'
Penalty
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the penalty goal
10
-
0
9'
Conversion
Jimmy Gopperth has kicked the conversion
7
-
0
8'
Try
Malakai Fekitoa has scored a try
7
-
0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Wasps
Bristol Bears
  • Simon
    McIntyre
    1
    Jake
    Woolmore
  • Tommy
    Taylor
    2
    Harry
    Thacker
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Ioane Fitu
    Afoa
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    Joe
    Joyce
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Christopher
    Vui
  • Jack
    Willis
    6
    Steven
    Luatua
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Ben
    Earl
  • Brad
    Shields
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Andy
    Uren
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Callum
    Sheedy
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Piers
    O'Conor
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Siale
    Piutau
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Semi Turagasoli Waqavatu
    Radradra
  • Zachary
    Kibirige
    14
    Luke
    Morahan
  • Matteo
    Minozzi
    15
    Max
    Malins

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    George
    Kloska
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Yann
    Thomas
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Kyle
    Sinckler
  • James
    Gaskell
    19
    Ed
    Holmes
  • Alfie
    Barbeary
    20
    Daniel
    Thomas
  • Tom
    Willis
    21
    Harry
    Randall
  • Ben
    Vellacott
    22
    Sam
    Bedlow
  • Michael
    Le Bourgeois
    23
    Alapati
    Leiua

Lineup

Wasps
Bristol Bears
  • Simon
    McIntyre
    1
    Jake
    Woolmore
  • Tommy
    Taylor
    2
    Harry
    Thacker
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Ioane Fitu
    Afoa
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    Joe
    Joyce
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Christopher
    Vui
  • Jack
    Willis
    6
    Steven
    Luatua
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Ben
    Earl
  • Brad
    Shields
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Andy
    Uren
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Callum
    Sheedy
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Piers
    O'Conor
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Siale
    Piutau
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Semi Turagasoli Waqavatu
    Radradra
  • Zachary
    Kibirige
    14
    Luke
    Morahan
  • Matteo
    Minozzi
    15
    Max
    Malins

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    George
    Kloska
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Yann
    Thomas
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Kyle
    Sinckler
  • James
    Gaskell
    19
    Ed
    Holmes
  • Alfie
    Barbeary
    20
    Daniel
    Thomas
  • Tom
    Willis
    21
    Harry
    Randall
  • Ben
    Vellacott
    22
    Sam
    Bedlow
  • Michael
    Le Bourgeois
    23
    Alapati
    Leiua

Lineup

Wasps
Bristol Bears
  • Simon
    McIntyre
    1
    Jake
    Woolmore
  • Tommy
    Taylor
    2
    Harry
    Thacker
  • Kieran
    Brookes
    3
    Ioane Fitu
    Afoa
  • Joe
    Launchbury
    4
    Joe
    Joyce
  • Will
    Rowlands
    5
    Christopher
    Vui
  • Jack
    Willis
    6
    Steven
    Luatua
  • Thomas
    Young
    7
    Ben
    Earl
  • Brad
    Shields
    8
    Nathan
    Hughes
  • Daniel
    Robson
    9
    Andy
    Uren
  • Jacob
    Umaga
    10
    Callum
    Sheedy
  • Josh
    Bassett
    11
    Piers
    O'Conor
  • Jimmy
    Gopperth
    12
    Siale
    Piutau
  • Malakai
    Fekitoa
    13
    Semi Turagasoli Waqavatu
    Radradra
  • Zachary
    Kibirige
    14
    Luke
    Morahan
  • Matteo
    Minozzi
    15
    Max
    Malins

Replacements

  • Gabriel
    Oghre
    16
    George
    Kloska
  • Tom
    West
    17
    Yann
    Thomas
  • Biyi
    Alo
    18
    Kyle
    Sinckler
  • James
    Gaskell
    19
    Ed
    Holmes
  • Alfie
    Barbeary
    20
    Daniel
    Thomas
  • Tom
    Willis
    21
    Harry
    Randall
  • Ben
    Vellacott
    22
    Sam
    Bedlow
  • Michael
    Le Bourgeois
    23
    Alapati
    Leiua