Wasps qualify for Challenge Cup quarter-finals

London Wasps booked a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals a with 36-13 victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Adams Park on Sunday afternoon.


Elliott Daly, Matt Everard, Tom Lindsay and a penalty try proved to be enough for the former Amlin Challenge Cup Champions, who lifted this trophy in 2003.


The French side, who are 9th in the Top 14 in France, made the perfect start against London Wasps when they opened the scoring with an interception try after only six minutes.


Wing Vunga Lilo took full advantage of the visitors aggressive defence to score the try to stun the home crowd before centre Elliott Daly showed impressive pace and footwork to run in from 30 metres for London Wasps try.


Fly-half Ryan Davis, who’d missed an early penalty and the conversion of his side’s try, finally found his kicking boots to slot over a penalty to give the home side a 8-7 lead midway through the first half.


Flanker Matt Everard crashed over from short-range from a 10metre scrum after some good work by scrum half Joe Simpson who combined well with full back Jack Wallace to give London Wasps a 13-7 lead at half-time.


Fly-half Camille Lopez slotted over a penalty to claw Bordeaux-Begles back to within three points just after the break before Davis replied for London Wasps with his second penalty.


Full back Laurent Ferreres then landed a mammoth 55m penalty to haul the French side back into the contest before Davies kept the kicking duel with two penalties to make it 22-13 midway through the second half.


London Wasps were then awarded a penalty try after 72 minutes and prop Lindsay scored the vital bonus points in the dying moments.


Final Score London Wasps (13) 36 Bordeaux-Begles (7) 13


Scorers


London Wasps
Tries: Daly, Everard, penalty try, Lindsay
Cons: Davis 2
Pens: Davis 4


Bordeaux-Begles
Tries: Lilo
Cons: Lopez
Pens: Lopez, Ferreres


Referee: Neil Hennessy (Wales)


Teams


London Wasps: H Southwell; R Haughton, E Daly, D Waldouck, J Wallace; R Davis, J Simpson; T Payne, R Webber, B Broster, R Birkett, M Wentzel (capt), J Poff, M Everard, S Jones


Replacements: T Lindsay, Z Taulafo, J Castex, J Burton, J Harris, N Berry, C Davies, C Mayor


Bordeaux-Begles: L Ferreres (capt); V Lilo, A Mailei, C Brousse, T Brana; C Lopez, M Saubusse; F Labbe, F Rofes, J Roux, C Treloar, F Tisseau, C Ternisien, L Madaule, L Houston


Replacements: O Avei, R Davies, P Toetu, D Leo, H Adams, H Chalmers, M Denetre, R Carballo


With thanks to ERCRugby

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