London Wasps continued their long unbeaten run at home in the Heineken Cup on Sunday with a 38-26 bonus-point win over Glasgow.
Wasps continued their long unbeaten run at home in the Heineken Cup on Sunday with a 38-26 bonus-point win over Glasgow Warriors.
Wasps outscored their visitors four tries-to-two to move second in Pool Six, two points behind Toulouse who beat the Dragons on Saturday.
The hosts led from start to finish and never really looked like losing. Joe Simpson, Tom Varndell, Ben Jacobs and Dominic Waldouck crossed for the Aviva Premiership club
Wasps half-backs Simpson and Dave Walder produced another impressive afternoon with the latter kicking 18 points and setting up Varndell's try.
Simpson was named man of the match and will have caught the eye of England selectors with a dynamic solo try.
Glasgow breached the goalline on two occasions through Ruaridh Jackson and Dougie Hall, but failed to secure a losing bonus-point with a late assault.
Jackson scored all but five of his side's points in a strong performance that kept the Warriors in touch.
Wasps opening the scoring in the eighth minute when Simpson burst around the back of an advancing scrum and made a beeline for the corner for a classic scrum-half's try.
Ruaridh Jackson got Glasgow on the scoreboard from the kicking tee at the end of the first quarter but Wasps replied immediately, winning a penalty at scrum time which Dave Walder converted to restore the five-point lead.
Walder found the target again from long range two minutes later to extend the hosts' advantage to eight points.
The visitors were reduced to fourteen men when prop Moray Low was sent to the bin as punishment for his side's repeated infringements at the ruck.
Wasps immediately took advantage as Walder chipped ahead for Tom Varndell to chase and the winger was able to cruise home untouched.
Glasgow responded in kind though when after a number of phases of build-up play flank John Barclay put in a neat toe ahead and Jackson pounced for the visitors' first try.
Jackson added the conversion and a penalty just after the half-hour mark to drag Glasgow back into contention at 18-13.
Daylight was restored after patient build-up from Wasps ended when centre Jacobs dummied and then jinked his way over from close range. Walder converted.
The second half opened with Jackson and Walder exchanging penalties and the crowd had to wait until the 64th minute for a meaningful passage of play that saw Wasps add the bonus point.
A series of forward drives ended when the ball was spun wide where Riki Flutey – playing his 50th match for the club – broke into open space.
Flanker Dan Ward-Smith kept the move going before supplying the scoring pass to sub Waldouck with Walder converting.
Glasgow struck back with centre Max Evans starting a passage of play that ended when Henry Pyrgos passed out of the tackle to Dougie Hall who stormed over.
Jackson kicked the conversion and the Warriors were refused a try by the video referee after Graeme Morrison was held up over the line.
Glasgow continued to probe for the bonus point but Wasps' defence held firm to secure their 15th successive unbeaten home match in the Heineken Cup.
Tries: Simpson, Varndell, Jacobs, Waldouck
Cons: Walder 3
Pens: Walder 4
Tries: Jackson, Hall
Cons: Jackson 2
Pens: Jackson 4
Yellow cards: Low (Glasgow – 24th min – repeated ruck infringement)
London Wasps: 15 Richard Haughton, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 David Lemi, 10 Dave Walder, 9 Joseph Simpson, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Serge Betsen , 6 Dan Ward-Smith, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Zak Taulafo, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Charlie Beech.
Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Shaun Ruwers, 18 Ben Broster, 19 Marty Veale, 20 Joe Worsley, 21 Nic Berry, 22 Dom Waldouck, 23 Mark van Gisbergen.
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Max Evans, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Federico Aramburu, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Colin Gregor, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 John Barclay (c), 6 Robert Harley, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Jon Welsh.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Ed Kalman, 19 Ryan Wilson, 20 Calum Forrester, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Rob Dewey.
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)