Wasps extend run over Gloucester in Premiership

Frank Halai of Wasps breaks with the ball

Wasps extended their run over Gloucester to six straight wins by beating the Cherry and Whites 23-3 at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The last time that Gloucester were victorious against Wasps was when they beat them 29-22 at Kingsholm in September 2012.

The victory is Wasps second for the season so they have now played four won two and lost two while Gloucester have also played four with the same number of wins and losses.

The ugly side of the match was that both side lost a man to a red card with David Halaifonua being sent off for a shoulder charge while Wasps prop Lorenzo Cittadini also shown red card for throwing a punch.

On Remembrance Sunday, the first-half of this game was extremely memorable for the home supporters. Despite a ten minute wait for the deadlock to be broken, Wasps put in a dominant first 40 to go up by sixteen points at the break.

Elliot Daly opened the scoring with a superb penalty from distance, sending it through from beyond the halfway line.

Christian Wade then went over for the first try of the afternoon, steaming over after good work from the backs to help Wade over, Ruaridh Jackson converting as Wasps took their lead up to ten points.

Daly proceeded to add six more points in the second-half as he sent through two more delightful penalties, Wasps dominating in the first 40 with Gloucester left with little answer after the superb kicking of Daly.

He missed a rare opportunity though five minutes into the second period, not that it mattered too much at that point with a sixteen point gap between the sides.

And then things got worse for the visitors. David Halaifonua was shown a red card by the referee for an extremely strong challenge, one which was deemed high as the afternoon went from bad to worse for the visitors.

Greig Laidlaw did get his side onto the scoreboard on 48 minutes with a penalty, but three minutes later that was overshadowed by a penalty try. A huge drive forward forced the visitors all the way back, and the try was awarded with Jackson kicking through two more points to seal the victory with half an hour still to play.

Gloucester arguably performed better when down a man, coming forward a number of times but failing to beat the Wasps defence who defended resolutely when under pressure.

The hosts were also reduced to fourteen late on, Lorenzo Cittadini shown a red for a punch on Billy Twelvetrees as tempers boiled over. But it was Wasps who picked up the straight forward victory at the Ricoh, a convincing 20 point win.

Final Score Wasps 23 (16) Gloucester 3 (0)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries – Wade, Penalty
Pen – Daly (3)
Con – Jackson (2)
Drop –

Gloucester
Tries –
Pen – Laidlaw
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Ian Tempest (9th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Darren Gamage & Robin Goodliffe.
TMO: David Sainsbury.

Teams

Wasps

15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Ben Jacobs , 11. Christian Wade, 10. Ruaridh Jackson, 9. Joe Simpson, 8. Nathan Hughes, 7. George Smith, 6. James Haskell (c), 5. Bradley Davies, 4. Joe Launchbury, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 2. Carlo Festuccia,1. Simon McIntyre

Replacements : 16. Ashley Johnson, 17. Tom Bristow, 18. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19. James Gaskell , 20. Guy Thompson, 21. Dan Robson, 22. Alex Lozowski , 23. Sailosi Tagicakibau

Gloucester

Charlie Sharples; David Halaifonua, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), James Hook, Jonny May; Billy Burns, Greig Laidlaw; Paddy McAllister, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Elliott Stooke; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements: Chris Brooker, Yann Thomas, Paul Doran-Jones, Ross Moriarty, Jacob Rowan, Willi Heinz, Henry Purdy, Rob Cook

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