Wasps sting Leeds

Inspired performances from Jeremy Staunton and Tom Voyce lead London Wasps to an action-packed 28-45 win over Leeds at Headingly Carnegie on Saturday.

The win was the perfect result for Wasps, who end the season in second place on the Guinness Premiership table behind Gloucester. They will host Bath in the play-off semi finals.

Bottom-of-the-table Leeds got on the scoreboard early on, with fly half Alberto Di Bernardo slotting a penalty in the sixth minute. He added another three points five minutes later after some poor Wasps discipline.

Di Bernardo was kept busy in front of the posts, extending his side’s lead with another penalty in the 16th minute to make it 9-0. Wasps winger Voyce had other ideas though, scoring a try in his second consecutive match in the 19th minute. Ireland international Staunton converted the score for two extra points, taking the score to 9-7.

Leeds replied with a try of their own in the 26th minute, with left winger Tom Biggs crossing the line and Di Bernardo easily bagging the additional points.

Wasps began to show their quality and desire for a play-off spot as the half drew to a close. Staunton kicked a successful penalty in the 32nd minute, before Voyce bagged his brace with another try two minutes later. Staunton made no mistake with the conversion and Wasps took the lead for the first time in the match at 16-17.

On the brink of half time, Wasps centre Fraser Waters scored the side’s third try of the match, and Staunton demonstrated his quality kicking skills by slotting his fourth score of the day. They went into the changerooms at 16-24.

Wasps did not take long to continue their scoring when they returned to the pitch, with hooker Raphael Ibanez bagging a try for the second consecutive match. Staunton’s good form also continued as he kicked the conversion to make it five out of five. The try also gave Wasps the bonus point for bagging four in a game.

Leeds began to catch up to their leaders, as Jonny Hepworth scored a try in the 59th minute and Hendre Fourie in the 65th. Di Bernardo converted only one of the tries, while Joe Ward scored a fifth try for Wasps. Staunton made no mistake with the 61st minute conversion. This flurry of activity saw the score climb to 28-38.

Wasps pulled further ahead in the 72nd minute as Voyce bagged his hat-trick. Once again, Staunton showed why he had been picked ahead of Danny Cipriani and slotted the conversion to take the score to 28-45, where it would stay until the final whistle.


Final Score Leeds 26 Wasps 45




Try: Tom Biggs, Jonny Hepworth, Hendre Fourie
Pen: Alberto di Bernardo (3)
Conv: Alberto di Bernardo (2)


Try: Tom Voyce (3), Fraser Waters, Raphael Ibanez, Joe Ward
Pen: Jeremy Staunton
Conv: Jeremy Staunton (6)



London Waps: Mark Van Gisbergen, Paul Sackey, Dominic Waldouck, Riki Flutey, Tom Voyce, Jeremy Staunton, Eoin Reddan, Tom French, Raphael Ibanez, Michael Holford, Simon Shaw, Tom Palmer, Joe Worsley, James Haskell, Lawrence Dallaglio (c). Replacements: Joe Ward, Tim Payne, Richard Birkett, Rob Webber, Mark McMillan, Josh Lewsey, Danny Cipriani

Leeds Carnegie: Leigh Hinton, Scott Armstrong, Rob Vickerman, John Holtby, Tom Biggs, Alberto Di Bernardo, Joe Bedford, Mike MacDonald, Vili Ma’asi, Tommy McGee, Stuart Hooper (c), Kearnan Myall, Jon Dunbar, Hendre Fourie, Adam Balding, Adam Hopcroft, Rob Rawlinson, Pablo Bouza, Mark Lock, Darren Edwards, Adam Greendale, Jonny Hepworth



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