REPORT | Wasps A 62-19 Leicester Tigers A
Wasps A swept to a tremendous ten-try, 62-19 victory over Leicester Tigers A in Round 8 of the Premiership Rugby Shield at Broadstreet RFC on Saturday.
The home fans were treated to a try blitz in the first-half as Jacob Umaga (2), Callum Sirker (3), Taju Atta, Will Porter and Antonio Harris all went over as the young side led 48-0 at the interval.
Fred Tuilagi bashed his way over early in the second period to get the visitors off the mark before further Wasps tries from Ross Neal and a fourth for Callum Sirker.
Tim Bitirim showed some individual brilliance for Tigers’ second score and Tino Mapapalangi touched down at the death for another consolation, but it was Wasps’ day in the sun as the perfect ten tries secured a remarkable win.
Wasps won a couple of decisions in the opening exchanges but despite two visits to the Tigers 22 they came away with nothing.
However, Cameron Anderson and Neal got them on the front foot, attacking from their own 22, and a lovely break from Umaga on halfway saw the fly half race in from 50 metres to show his strength by bashing off the tackler to dot down, before stepping up to convert.
Wasps soon got their second try after Anderson and Neal combined to get from their own 22 to the opposition 10-metre and the latter found Sirker to gas his way over.
Anderson was then at the heart of a third try as he picked up a Tigers kick through on halfway before breaking the line and getting to within five metres. He had Umaga in support who nearly stretched over but he popped the ball up for Atta to drop over the line for a lovely third try. Umaga then converted.
Neal then intercepted a Tigers pass to get up to the 22 before he put in a kick behind which Sirker collected well to gallop to the line for the bonus-point try.
And Neal then sent Sirker in for his hat-trick a couple of minutes later, with the winger sprinting in from halfway.
The try-scoring mayhem continued as skipper Porter picked up a loose ball in his 22 before running the field to touch down after shaking off a tackle.
Wasps were soon set for a seventh try as their maul crept towards the line but Leicester did well to win a five-metre scrum. However, the hosts got the decision from the resulting scrum and quick-thinking from Umaga saw him shape up to kick for the corner, but instead he produced a quick-tap and ghosted his way over the line from five metres out.
There was time for an eighth try before the break as Harris bounced off a tackler from five metres to go in by the posts and Umaga’s conversion made the score 48-0 at the break.
Tigers finally got on the board after the interval after some pressure by the line saw Tuilagi crash over but Wasps bagged their ninth score when Le Bourgeois sent Neal in from the 22 and Umaga slotted the extras.
It was then the perfect ten when Sirker raced in from the 22 for his fourth try after fantastic work by Anderson, and Umaga added the extras.
Tigers grabbed a second try when Bitirim broke the Wasps line before crawling his way over under tackles and they got a late consolation score from Mapapalangi after pressure close to the line, with the big number eight diving over in the corner.
Wasps A are next in action in Round 9 of the Premiership Rugby Shield on Monday 8 April v Worcester Cavaliers at Sixways (kick-off 7.30pm).
Wasps A | 15 Cameron Anderson, 14 Taju Atta (Bacon 53), 13 Ross Neal, 12 Michael Le Bourgeois (Jardine 60), 11 Callum Sirker, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Will Porter (c) (Fox 61); 1 Tom West (McIntyre 40), 2 Antonio Harris (Oghre 47), 3 David Langley (Brookes 40), 4 Tim Cardall, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Alex Rieder (Fenner 58), 8 Joe Atkinson (Curran 53)
Replacements | 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Josh Fenner, 20 Kieran Curran, 21 Ollie Fox, 22 Sunni Jardine, 23 Tom Bacon
06m | Umaga try 5-0
07m | Umaga con 7-0
12m | Sirker try 12-0
15m | Atta try 17-0
16m | Umaga con 19-0
21m | Sirker try 24-0
23m | Sirker try 29-0
25m | Porter try 34-0
26m | Umaga con 36-0
34m | Umaga try 41-0
39m | Harris try 46-0
40m | Umaga con 48-0
43m | Tuilagi try 48-5
44m | Hardwick con 48-7
54m | Neal try 53-7
55m | Umaga con 55-7
57m | Sirker try 60-7
58m | Umaga con 62-7
66m | Bitirim try 62-12
67m | Hardwick 62-14
80m | Mapapalangi 62-19