Wasps come from behind to beat Gloucester

London Wasps had to come from behind to beat Gloucester 33-29 in their Aviva Premiership match at Adams Park on Sunday.


The victory extends London Wasps current Premiership winning streak to five straight matches having beaten Harlequins last weekend.

Having gone ahead early in the second half Gloucester allowed Wasps to take
the lead and then had to score two tries of their own to earn a losing bonus
point.

Gloucester arrived at Adams Park buoyed by their win last week at Northampton,
and looked to upset Wasps’ claims to fourth spot in the Premiership.

Nigel Davies kept faith in the side which had done so well at Franklin’s Gardens.

London Wasps however, were unbeaten at home this season, and boss Dai Young
had looked to keep that run going, as the race for the play-off spots heated
up.

Young’s side have turned around the disappointment of last season to mount a
concerted attack on the Aviva Premiership leading group, and after today’s win,
have dented Glouceter’s aims of entering the play-off quartet.

A bright opening by both sides saw Gloucester take a deserved lead as Dan Robson
opened the scoring with his first league try for Gloucester, after a great run
by Akapusi Qera.

Stephen Jones, returning to the Wasps side at fly-half, took the chance to reduce
the gap with a penalty goal, taken well from distance.

Not to be outdone, Ashley Johnson also produced his first try for Wasps, earning
his side the lead from a great drive from a line-out maul, a decision that had
gone to the TMO.

Gloucester restored parity on half an hour from Cook’s penalty goal, as the
Cherry and Whites put the Wasps defence under pressure.

Cook missed the chance to give Gloucester the lead minutes before the break
with an unlikely attempt from 60 metres, but Jones had no such problem with
a penalty in the last play of the half to put the home side back in front at
the break by 13-10.

Cook opened the second half as he ended the first, missing a penalty goal attempt,
but his captain Mike Tindall took a great line to put his side back in the lead.

Christian Wade took the lead for the home side with a great run down his wing
after Billy Vunipola set him off, before the number eight got his second try
of the season with a pick and drive for a lead which Gloucester couldn’t fully
recover.

Ryan Mills and Charlie Sharples pegged back two tries late on, but it was to
be Wasps’ who earned the winning plaudits in a very entertaining game.

Final Score London Wasps (10) 33 Gloucester (10) 29


Scorers


Wasps
Tries: Johnson, Wade, Vunipola
Cons: Jones 2, Robinson
Pens: Jones 3, Robinson


Gloucester
Tries: Robson, Tindall, Mills, Sharples
Cons: Cook 2, Tindall
Pen: Cook


Match Officials
Referee:
Andrew Small (84th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Ashley Rowden
TMO: Trevor Fisher.


Teams


London Wasps


15. Hugo Southwell (c) , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Andrea Masi , 12. Chris Bell , 11. Tom Varndell , 10. Stephen Jones , 9. Joe Simpson, 8. Billy Vunipola , 7. Sam Jones , 6. Ashley Johnson , 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. James Cannon , 3. Phil Swainston , 2. T Rhys Thomas ,1. Zak Taulafo


Replacements : 16. Tom Lindsay , 17. Tim Payne , 18. Will Taylor , 19. Alex Rae , 20. Matt Everard , 21. Charlie Davies , 22. Nick Robinson , 23. Elliot Daly




Gloucester


Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall (capt), Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Ryan Mills, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Lua Lokotui, Will James;

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