Wade shines as Wasps beat Leicester Tigers

London Wasps secured their second victory of the Premiership season when they beat Leciester Tigers 35-29 at Adams Park in the Aviva Premiership.

While Billy Twelvetrees had an exceptional match in that he scored all 29 of Leicester Tigers points he was outshone by Wasps and England Sevens winger Christian Wade who scored a hat-trick of tries one of which was arguably the try of the season so far.

London Wasps have enjoyed an exceptional start to the Premiership season as they have won both of their opening matches which were against last season’s Premiership finalists – Saracens (last week) and this week Leicester Tigers.

Leicester took an early advantage through a Billy Twelvetrees penalty, but
Nicky Robinson quickly kicked Wasps level after a scrum infringement.

Twelvetrees then edged Tigers back in front with another penalty on 14 minutes,
and extended the visitors’ lead when Niall Morris stepped on the gas to lay
on a try for his kicking team-mate.

Minutes later a Wade break created an overlap out wide for Nic Berry to score,
and Robinson’s conversion took Wasps to within three.

Then, on 32 minutes, it was Wade’s turn to finish a move after lock Marco Wentzel
had created the try-scoring opportunity. Robinson was again on target with the
boot and Wasps held a 17-13 lead.

But there was yet more drama to come before half-time, when Twelvetrees added
a second try and booted over his 20th point of the day to make it 17-20 to Leicester
at the interval.

Twelvetrees began the second half in similar style with a penalty to extend
the lead, before Wade danced through the defence to break from his own half
and score on 48 minutes.

Two Ryan Davis penalties, and Twelvetrees’ fourth successful kick of the afternoon
made it 28-26 to Wasps, before Wade’s hat-trick try and Davis’ conversion put
nine points between the two sides. Twelvetrees kicked a late penalty but it
was too little, too late for Leicester.

Final Score Wasps 35 (17) Leicester Tigers 29 (20)


London Waps
Tries: Berry, Wade 3
Penalties: Robinson, Davis 2
Conversions: Robinson 2, Davis

Leicester Tigers
Tries: Twelvetrees 2
Penalties: Twelvetrees 4
Conversions: Twelvetrees 2

Referee: Andrew Small (58th Premiership game)


London Wasps 15. Hugo Southwell , 14. Tom Varndell , 13. Chris Bell , 12. Riki Flutey , 11. Christian Wade , 10. Nicky Robinson , 9. Charlie Davies , 1. Tim Payne , 2. Rob Webber , 3. Ben Broster , 4. Richard Birkett , 5. Marco Wentzel , 6. Joe Launchbury , 7. Jonathan Poff , 8. John Hart ( c )

Replacements: , 16. Nathan Morris , 17. Jeremy Castex , 18. Bob Baker , 19. Ross Filipo , 20. Joe Burton , 21. Nic Berry , 22. Ryan Davis , 23. Richard Haughton

Leicester Tigers : 15 Scott Hamilton , 14 Matt Smith , 13 Billy Twelvetrees , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Mathew Tait , 10 George Ford , 9 James Grindal , 1 Boris Stankovich , 2 George Chuter (c) , 3 Kieran Brookes , 4 Ed Slater , 5 George Skivington , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Ben Woods , 8 Julian Salvi

Replacements , 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Jonny Harris , 18 Peter Bucknall , 19 Graham Kitchener , 20 Thomas Waldrom , 21 Mickey Young , 22 Jeremy Staunton , 23 Niall Morris

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