Wasps win Guinness Premiership Final

London Wasps handed outgoing captain Lawrence Dallaglio the perfect retirement gift following a hard fought 26-16 victory against the seven times league champions Leicester at Twickenham on Saturday.


Wasps fullback Mark van Gisbergen opened the scoring after just six minutes before Tigers fly-half Andy Goode secured his place as the Guinness Premiership top points scorer with a penalty to draw the teams level three minutes later.


Beefy prop Julian White then put a big hit on England team-mate Phil Vickery before flanker Tom Rees barged over for a seven point Wasps lead following some concerted early pressure.


Van Gisbergen and Goode traded penalties before England fullback Josh Lewsey powered over the try line with Leicester struggling to keep pace at 23-6 as the half-time interval loomed.


Leicester finally got some momentum going mid way through the second-half and crossed in the corner through the Premiership’s top try scorers Tom Varndell following a cleaver cross kick from Goode – with a little help from Geordan Murphy in the air.


The Tigers added a second minutes later with some typical physical work from their muscular pack. Scrum-half Harry Ellis raced over on the blindside to bring them within seven points at 23-16 after it had looked like Wasps were going to walk away with the game.


Van Gisbergen added a vital penalty with ten minutes remaining to extend Wasps’ lead to ten points at 26-16 and setup a tense final stanza after a grueling season for both clubs.

 

But Wasps held out to hand old war horse Dallaglio a prefect send off after ten memorable years at the club.

 

Final Score Wasps 26 Leicester 16

 

Scorers

 

London Wasps

Tries – Rees, Lewsey
Con – Van Gisbergen (2)
Pen – Van Gisbergen (4)

 

Leicester Tigers

Tries – Varndell, Ellis
Con –
Pen -Andy Goode (2)

 

Teams

Wasps: Van Gisbergen Sackey Waters Waldouck Lewsey Flutey Reddan Payne Ibanez Vickery Shaw Palmer Haskell Rees Dallaglio


Subs: Ward Barnard Birkett Worsley McMillan Staunton Hart


Tigers: Murphy Varndell Hipkiss Mauger Tuilagi Goode Ellis Stankovich Davies White Wentzel Kay Corry Herring Crane


Subs: Kayser Ayerza Blaze Croft Laussucq Vesty Erinle

 

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