Wasps salvage try bonus point from Northampton A League defeat
Date: 2 Apr 2018
Led by a Tom Collins hat-trick and 20 points from the boot of James Grayson, defending A League champions Northampton produced a fine display of pacy, attacking rugby to claim a 75-26 win over Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens.
However, a scratch Wasps side containing nine guests showed commendable spirit to claim a try bonus point thanks to a brace from Dan Moor plus singles from George Thornton and Tom Jubb.
The hosts absorbed early Wasps pressure before opening their account with a fine solo effort from the speedy Collins.
Grayson converted, and the fly half was soon on the mark for a second time after hooker Charlie Clare applied the finishing touch to a driving lineout.
Scrum half Alex Mitchell then darted over from close-range for a third, again upgraded by Grayson.
Owain James’ kick-and-chase briefly threatened for the visitors, but his opposite number Furbank brilliantly turned defence into attack and combined with Samoan star Ken Pisi before finishing off a wonderful 80 metre counter-attack.
After Grayson had again converted, Will Stuart broke dangerously for Wasps, but his grubber kick trickled into touch before the chasers arrived.
Collins’ second try came by way of a scorching broken-field finish, but the visitors then got on the board courtesy of Thornton, who was on the end of a good spell of continuity following a scrum in the home 22.
Sunni Jardine converted, but there was still time for Mitchell to claim his second score before the break.
Centre Fraser Dingwall claimed the hosts’ seventh score four minutes after the restart, before the visitors claimed an excellent second try.
It was created by replacement scrum half Will Porter who darted from the base of a breakdown, and finished by supporting Coventry lock Jubb from 30 metres.
However, this provided only temporary respite, as Saints upped the tempo to reel off three more converted tries through replacement Jamie Elliott, Collins’ hat-trick score, then Tom Stephenson who cruised over from 50 metres.
Oxford University wing Moor had enjoyed a lively evening for Wasps, and he then deservedly got on the scoresheet when a Saints move broke down in their own half.
And after Saints lost replacement Devante Onojaife to the sinbin for collapsing a driving maul, the powerful No.14 claimed a second score courtesy of Owain James’ brilliant pick up and flicked pass.
Jardine added a solidly-struck conversion, only for Saints to have the last word when their forwards drove Will Allmann over in the corner.
Tries: Collins (3), Clare, Mitchell (2), Furbank, Dingwall, Elliott, Stephenson, Allmann.
Conversions: Grayson (10)
Tries: Thornton, Jubb, Moor (2)
Conversions: Jardine (3)
Half-time: Northampton Wanderers 42-7 Wasps
Northampton Wanderers: George Furbank; Ken Pisi, Fraser Dingwall, Tom Stephenson, Tom Collins; James Grayson, Alex Mitchell; Toby Trinder, Reece Marshall, Ehren Painter; Alex Moon, James Craig; Lewis Ludlam, Paddy Ryan, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Charlie Clare, Matt Beesley, Matt Collins, Jordan Onojaife, Devante Onojaife, Tom Kessell, JP Estelles, Jamie Elliott.
Wasps A: Owain James; Dan Moor (Oxford Univ), Cameron Anderson, Connor Eastgate, Alex Goble (Nottingham); Sunni Jardine (Dulwich College), Craig Hampson; George Thornton,Gaby Oghre, Will Stuart; Marcus Garratt, Tom Jubb (Coventry); Kieran Curran, James Seabrook, Tom Willis.
Replacements: Aaron Thompson (Bishop Burton College), Jack Higgins (Coventry), Paul Doran Jones, Cameron Gray (Coventry), Alex Salt (Hinckley), Will Owen, Will Porter, Ben Palmer (Coventry).
Referee: Steve Lee