Aviva Premiership semi-final arrangements

Following the completion of last weekend’s round 21 matches, Premiership Rugby have advised arrangements for this season’s semi-finals.

After finishing third, Wasps will travel to second place Saracens for the Aviva Premiership semi-final at Allianz Park  on Saturday 19th May.
K.O 12.30pm

Ticketing arrangements:

Saturday 5th May: On sale to 2017/18 Season Members (online only) 
Tuesday 8th May: On sale to 2017/18 Season Members online or on 02476 786 411
Thursday 10th May: On sale to Ambassadors and Black & Gold Members
Friday 11th May: On General Sale

The 2018 Aviva Premiership final takes place at Twickenham on Saturday May 26 - full details are available at www.premiershiprugby.com/final

 

Six-try Wasps clinch an

Allianz Park semi-final

Wasps claimed a 22-39 win over by Newcastle Falcons in the final round of Aviva Premiership action at a packed, sun-drenched Kingston Park.

             

 

22 - 39
Sat 5th May 2018
4:00 pm
Kingston Park StadiumAviva Premiership

 

This result sends the black-and-golds to Allianz Park in two weeks’ time where two-time European champions Saracens await.
After Tom Cruse's score provided an early advantage, the visitors took control of the game with tries from Elliot Daly, Danny Cipriani, Josh Bassett and Jimmy Gopperth in 13 minutes either side of half-time.
Trailing by 3-31, the hosts then came alive in the closing stages to claim tries through Josh Matavesi, Zach Kiribirige and Evan Olmstead before Willie Le Roux raced 60 metres to send a good-sized contingent of visiting fans home happy.
Sonatane Takulua opened the scoring for the Falcons with a simple penalty, after Bassett was caught offside inside the visitors’ 22. 
Wasps responded with a threatening move down the right as Gaby Lovabalavu combined with Bassett to take play deep into the 22, but when the ball was moved to the left a breakdown penalty was conceded a  few metres from the home line. 
The visitors took the lead after 18 minutes when Cruse charged down Josh Matavesi’s kick just outside the 22, gathered and raced clear for an opportunist try. Cipriani converted from near the right touchline.

Dai Young’s team came close to a second score when Kyle Eastmond dummied his way through a gap before feeding Lovobalavu. When he was stopped just short,  Jack Willis forced his way  over the line, was unable to ground the ball. From the scrum, Simpson fed Bassett, but Takulua’s tackle dislodged the ball, as the Wasps winger dived for the line.
After resisting a brief period of home pressure, Wasps went back on the attack and Willis, Ben Harris and James Haskell all went close. They finally turned pressure into points when a powerful scrum gave them quick ball and Cipriani’s long pass sent Daly cruising to the left corner to give his side a 12-3 advantage.
The visitors soon extended their lead through Cipriani’s excellent full-stretch finish and Daly’s conversion which made the halftime score 19-3.
Soon after the restart, Cipriani’s magnificent chip bounced into space in the home 22 and Bassett gathered to go over in the right corner for his eleventh try of the season. 
Moments later, Cipriani was replaced by former local favourite Jimmy Gopperth who made an immediate mark when he went over in the corner following a scintillating Le Roux break then added the conversion.

Amidst a flurry of substitutions, the home side enjoyed several minutes of possession, then finally found their way to the try-line when Kibirige gathered a stray pass outside his own 22 and offloaded to Matavesi who raced clear of the covering defence to touch down.
A second Falcons try followed almost immediately when Sam Stuart hoisted a kick towards the left corner where Kibirige was in acres of space to gather and go over unopposed. 
Craig Willis added the conversion and the replacement was on the mark again a few minutes later after Olmstead barged over from close range.
Wasps lost Thomas Young to the sin bin in the build-up to this score, and were therefore relieved when Gopperth slotted a straightforward penalty after his forwards twice found favour with the referee.
With a bonus point still in their sights, Newcastle again pressed hard, but after Daly’s tackle forced them to spill the ball, Gopperth gathered and sent  Le Roux sprinting clear from 70 metres to make the game safe at 39-22. 

Newcastle Falcons Line ups

  1. Rob Vickers
  2. Scott Lawson
  3. Trevor Davison
  4. Evan Olmstead
  5. Will Witty
  6. Mark Wilson
  7. Gary Graham
  8. Ally Hogg
  9. Sonatane Takulua
  10. Josh Matavesi
  11. Zach Kibirige
  12. Juan Pablo Socino
  13. Chris Harris
  14. Alex Tait
  15. Simon Hammersley
  16. Santiago Socino
  17. Sam Lockwood
  18. David Wilson
  19. Glen Young
  20. Nili Latu
  21. Sam Stuart
  22. Craig Willis
  23. Tom Penny

Wasps Line ups

  1. Ben Harris
  2. Tom Cruse
  3. Martin Moore
  4. Joe Launchbury
  5. Kearnan Myall
  6. James Haskell
  7. Thomas Young
  8. Jack Willis
  9. Joe Simpson
  10. Danny Cipriani
  11. Elliot Daly
  12. Kyle Eastmond
  13. Gabiriele Lovobalavu
  14. Josh Bassett
  15. Willie Le Roux
  16. Tommy Taylor
  17. Matt Mullan
  18. Will Stuart
  19. Will Rowlands
  20. Guy Thompson
  21. Dan Robson
  22. Jimmy Gopperth
  23. Juan de Jongh