Wasps power past Leicester Tigers

Frank Halai on the attack for Wasps

Wasps powered their way to a 36-24 Aviva Premiership victory over midland rivals Leicester Tigers at The Ricoh Arena.

The bonus point result provisionally moves Wasps into third place above Leicester who drop to fourth place.

Dai Young’s side were forced to defend right until the last minute, as the Tigers looked for a fourth try to secure two losing bonus points.

Piutau stole the show with two tries as well as setting up Frank Halai, while Christian Wade and Nathan Hughes also adding to the scoreline.

Jimmy Gopperth opened the scoring after two minutes, before Ashley Johnson’s bursting run drew in three Leicester defenders, giving Piutau space to bulldoze his way to the try line. Gopperth missed the kick, leaving the scores at 8-0.

Leicester hit back soon after, with Freddie Burns slotting his first attempt at the posts, before Peter Betham found himself the beneficiary of a Christian Wade mistake as he latched on to a loose pass to run home unchallenged.

Burns converted twice, having been asked to retake his kick by referee Greg Garner having taken in from the wrong position. Wade was quick to make amends however, as he rose above Vereniki Goneva to collect a Gopperth kick, before emphatically diving for the try.

The fly-half added the extras from out wide, making it 15-10 to the home side. Wasps then found their rhythm, as Siale Piutau set up his brother Charles for his second of the game, as he ran under the posts to make Gopperth’s conversion a formality.

Straight after the break, Wasps’ leading try scorer Halai secured the bonus point for his side having been set up by Charles Piutau. Gopperth converted once again.

Leicester wouldn’t go down without a fight, and replacement winger Telusa Veainu dabbed down just moments after entering the field of play. Burns converted from wide, making the score 29-17.

Just after the hour mark, Hughes was able to cap off a fantastic team try following some fast passing through the Wasps’ backs.

Replacement fly-half Alex Lozowski added the extras, as his attempt bounced through off the upright. In the 76th minute Goneva went over with Burns adding the extras, it was a little too late as the final score was 36-24 to the home side.

Final Score Wasps 36 (22) Leicester Tigers 24 (10)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries – Piutau (2), Wade, Halai, Hughes
Pen – Gopperth
Con – Gopperth (3), Lozowski
Drop –

Leicester Tigers
Tries – Betham, Veainu, Goneva
Pen – Burns
Con – Burns (3)
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Greg Garner (94th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden & Paul Burton.
TMO: Trevor Fisher.

Teams

Wasps

15. Rob Miller , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Charles Piutau , 12. Siale Piutau , 11. Frank Halai , 10. Jimmy Gopperth , 9. Dan Robson, 8. Sam Jones, 7. George Smith © , 6. Thomas Young , 5. Kearnan Myall , 4. James Cannon , 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 2. Ashley Johnson ,1. Simon McIntyre

Replacements : 16. Edd Shervington , 17. Matt Mullan , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. Will Rowlands , 20. Nathan Hughes , 21. Jamie Stevenson , 22. Alex Lozowski , 23. Brendan Macken

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait , 14 Adam Thompstone , 13 Peter Betham , 12 Matt Smith , 11 Vereniki Goneva , 10 Freddie Burns , 9 Jono Kitto , 1 Marcos Ayerza , 2 Harry Thacker , 3 Logovi’i Mulipola , 4 Mike Fitzgerald , 5 Dom Barrow , 6 Tom Croft , 7 Lachlan McCaffrey , 8 Ed Slater (c)

Replacements : 16 Michael van Vuuren , 17 Ellis Genge , 18 Fraser Balmain , 19 Graham Kitchener , 20 Mike Williams , 21 George Tresidder , 22 Owen Williams , 23 Telusa Veainu

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