Wasps continued with their fine home form when they claimed a deserved 31-6 victory over Newcastle at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
A penalty try and a score from Frank Halai bolstered by two conversions and a penalty from Jimmy Gopperth gave Wasps a commanding lead in the first half.
A Mike Delany penalty provided the visitors with their only points of the opening period. Delany bagged another penalty early in the second half but two late tries and two conversions from Gopperth put the game beyond the visitors with the final score 31-6.
Newcastle hadn’t beaten Wasps in their last four attempts and where looking to break that spell on their first ever trip to the Ricoh Arena. The visitors were quickest out the blocks as they piled pressure on Wasps for the opening quarter of an hour.
Despite their fine start Newcastle found themselves 3-0 behind with 16 minutes gone when Gopperth steadied the home ship with a three pointer. Wasps where awarded a penalty try two minutes later when Kyle Eastmond had a pass slapped down on the try-line.
Simon Hammersley was sent to the sin bin for the infraction and Wasps went 10-0 in front. Straight off the restart Elliot Daly chipped into space and Halai who raced down the wing for the home sides second. Gopperth dissected the posts from out wide to make it 17-0.
Wasps’ pack conceded a penalty right in front of the posts and Delany opted to take the three to make it 17-3 going into half-time.
Falcons started the second half like they started the first and after some patient phase play they where awarded their second penalty. Delany made it 17-6 from in front of the posts.
Gopperth subdued any thoughts of a late Newcastle comeback after scoring a try and conversion with ten minutes left on the clock. Will Welch was sent to the sin bin on 80 minutes and Gopperth once again made the visitors pay with a bonus point try at the death. Gopperth’s conversion bumped the final score up to 31-6.
Tries: Gopperth 2, Penalty try, Halai
Cons: Gopperth 4
Pens: Delany 2
Yellow Cards: Hammersley, Welch
Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Frank Halai, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Guy Thompson, 6 Alex Rieder, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 3 Marty Moore, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Matt Symons, 20 James Gaskell, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Alapati Leiua
Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Michael Young, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Evan Olmstead, 4 Calum Green, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Sam Lockwood
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 David Wilson, 19 Will Witty, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Joel Hodgson, 23 Fred Burdon
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan & Philip Watters
TMO: Trevor Fisher