London Wasps hold off Bayonne in Challenge Cup

London Wasps celebrated a 25-11 victory in their their 100th match in Europe which was against Bayonne in Pool 3 of the Challenge Cup at Adams Park on Thursday.


London Wasps got off to a great start in the match with an early try. Although they only led by a small margin at half time they defended well in the second half and constantly edged ahead in the second half and prevented Bayonne from taking any points from the match.


Captain Joe Hart nearly crashed over in the first minute but was held up over the line but it took just a minute more for Dai Young’s side to record their first try, flanker Sam Jones on his 21st birthday touching down.


Nicky Robinson added the extras for the hosts and then kicked a 17th minute penalty to stretch the former European Champions’ lead.


Benjamin Boyet opened Bayonne’s account with a penalty two minutes later before Robinson slotted over his second.


Wasps controlled the territory for long phases but lost Riki Flutey to the sin-bin after he was penalised at a ruck and Boyet kicked the resulting penalty to double Bayonne’s score.


In their first threatening attack of half, Sione Lauaki picked up from the base of the scrum for Bayonne and powered over from close range to score two minutes from the break.


Boyet couldn’t add the extras from out-wide, leaving Wasps in the lead at the interval.


A huge 60 metre penalty kick from Elliot Daly followed by six points from the boot from Robinson stretched Wasps advantage once again as they dominated the third quarter.


London Wasps Marco Wentzel won man of the math.


Final Score Wasps 25 (13) Bayonne 11 (11)


Scorers


London Wasps
Tries: Jones
Penalties: Robinson 5, Daly
Conversions: Robinson


Bayonne
Tries: Lauaki
Penalties: Boyet 2


Man of the match : M Wentzel


Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


Teams


London Wasps: H Southwell; R Haughton, E Daly, R Flutey, C Wade; N Robinson, J Simpson; T Payne, R Webber, B Broster, E O’Donoghue, M Wentzel, R Birkett, S Jones, J Hart (capt)


Replacements: T Lindsay, Z Taulafo, J Castex, J Burton, J Harris, C Davies, R Davis, D Waldouck


Bayonne: C Heymans; M O’Connor, T Lacroix, L Mazars, J Rokocoko; B Boyet, C Garcia; A Iguiniz, D Roumieu, N Tialata, R Linde [capt], A Boutaty, J Marmouyet, J Puricelli, S Lauaki


Replacements: F Da Ros, V Manukula, D Avril, T Flavell, M Baget, M Phillips, S Gerber, C Otazo


With thanks to ERCrugby.

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