Wasps progress to last eight as top Premiership Sevens seeds
Date: 27 Jul 2018
Wasps marched into tomorrow’s Premiership Sevens quarter-finals with consecutive bonus point wins over Gloucester and Northampton.
And the black-and-golds, who qualified as top seeds, now face eighth seeds Saints for a second time in tomorrow’s opening quarter-final (2.30pm) as they bid to add a third title to the trophies lifted in 2017 and 2016.
Wasps v Gloucester:
Led by a 330-second hat-trick from Callum Sirker, Wasps opened their 2018 Premiership Rugby Sevens campaign with a 33-7 win over Gloucester.
The black-and-golds scored from the opening kick-off when Sirker cut inside from his own ten-metre line and outpaced the cover for a try which Sunni Jardine converted.
And after Tim Cardall had gone close, the big forward won a breakdown penalty, and Jardine’s well-timed pass sent the former England Sevens flyer over for his second.
Sirker then almost immediately made it three thanks to a powerful break and neat inside offload from his skipper Owain James.
Although this left Wasps with a 19-point interval advantage, Gloucester immediately hit back through Jack Reeves plus a Charlie Chapman conversion.
But Jon Pendlebury’s team found another gear, and when Cardall picked off a loose pass, his lovely left-handed offload sent former Oxford University flanker Will Wilson racing over.
Jardine added the extras, as he did three minutes from time when Will Porter went under the posts following his fly half’s sharp break.
Wasps v Northampton
A brilliant display from Wilson who carried strongly and dominated the contact area set Wasps on their way to an excellent 35-7 win over hosts Northampton Saints.
Scrum half Will Porter nearly gave the black-and-golds the best possible start, only to be caught on the line following a 55-metre burst by the corner-flagging Rory Hutchinson.
However, Pendlebury’s team were soon 14-0 ahead through two excellent tries.
The first was finished by James after Cardall stole a lineout, and the second by Jardine who supported Wilson’s powerful burst.
Wasps fly half converted both, and he was on the mark again a minute later to upgrade his own second try which resulted from a pivot and pacy burst following a quickly-tapped penalty on the Saints 22.
Good defence from Porter and Wilson then kept Wasps’ line intact as the hosts pressed hard immediately prior to the interval.
And the visitors added the bonus point score two minutes after the restart when Wilson’s offload sent Porter to the posts.
Jardine converted, and he also upgraded Wilson’s score from the touchline after the powerful forward scrambled over.
Saints, who had the last word on the final whistle through Morgan Dayes and a Tom Emery conversion, accompanied Wasps into the last eight tomorrow thanks to their earlier 22-20 win over Gloucester.
Tim Cardall, Will Wilson, Tom Stileman, Will Porter, Sunni Jardine, Owain James, Callum Sirker. Reps: Taju Atta, Ben Christie, Colia Louis, Cameron Anderson, Josh Nott.