Planet Rugby

Goode guides Wasps to victory

27th October 2013 15:55

Share:

A try from Christian Wade and 17 points from Andy Goode handed Wasps a 22-12 victory over Leicester Tigers on Sunday.

Goode was excellent against his former side, scoring three penalties and two drop goals, along with converting Wade's early first-half try.

The off-season signing from Worcester started his time with Wasps in heartbreaking fashion on the opening weekend when he missed a late conversion, but Goode was highly accurate and kept his team ahead in the second half when it mattered.

Leicester came into the fixture missing 17 of their players through a combination of injury and international call-ups, but did have the morale-boosting return of director of rugby Richard Cockerill to the touchline after completing his ban.

The Tigers though had not won at Adams Park for six years, and too often they lacked that clinical touch required to find the try line.

Young Tigers' fly-half Owen Williams missed two early penalties, one from 50 metres, and struggled with the blustery wind behind him as Leicester passed up the chance to take an early advantage.

Wasps were not so frivolous - Christian Bell floating a perfect pass behind the defence to Wade who crossed for his third try of the season.

Williams was then on target with his third penalty attempt from closer to the posts as Leicester got on the board.

Respective hookers Carlo Festuccia and Neil Briggs could have been forgiven for shaking their heads when assessing conditions before kick-off, as the wind played havoc with both lineouts throughout.

The scrum was another matter, as both front-rows won penalties from referee Andrew Small with Marcos Ayerza making his first appearance of the season for the Tigers.

Hands in the ruck from Thomas Waldrom gave Goode the shot for a further three points which he took to give Wasps a 10-3 lead after half an hour, but Leicester countered by pressuring Elliot Daly to force a penalty for holding on - Williams converting the second time in the match.

Goode's second penalty restored Wasps' seven-point lead as he successfully managed the wind, but Leicester soon hit back - pressure from Ed Slater on Joe Simpson forcing a chargedown that culminated in three more points for Williams, leaving Wasps ahead at the interval.

Festuccia's afternoon worsened when he was sin-binned after the restart for an offence at the breakdown, with Wasps sacrificing wing Josh Bassett to bring on the necessary hooker before holding out admirably defending within their 22, despite the numerical disadvantage.

A fine drop goal from Goode meant that all of the Tigers' territory and pressure counted for nothing, as the former Leicester ten put Wasps ahead by seven points once more.

The outstanding Goode was then at it again. As the rain began to fall the Wasps' fly-half swiveled onto his right boot and slotted another long-range drop goal much to the delight of the Adams Park crowd, and the bemusement of the Leicester coaching staff.

The visitors continued to build phases and establish field position, but were too ponderous when it came to the necessary break behind the solid Wasps' defensive line. David Mele's lashed drop goal summed up Leicester's frustration.

The Tigers did hand a debut to rising star Pablo Matera off the bench with 15 minutes remaining and Goode then missed a long-range penalty attempt to keep Leicester just about within reach at 19-9.

A simple penalty for Williams, his fourth, cut the deficit and put Leicester into losing bonus-point range.

Goode though denied his old side even that consolation with a penalty after a mid-air collision between himself and the American wing Blaine Scully with four minutes left. It was enough to send Leicester away with nothing, as Goode rightly received his Man of the Match award.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Try: Wade
Con: Goode
Pens: Goode 3
Drop Goals: Goode 2
Yellow Card: Festuccia

For Leicester:
Pens: Williams 4

London Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Chris Bell (capt), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Guy Thompson, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Will Taylor, 19 James Cannon, 20 James Haskell, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Charlie Hayter

Leicester Tigers: 15 Niall Morris, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Terrence Hepetema, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Owen Williams, 9 David Mélé, 9 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Ed Slater, 4 Louis Decaon (capt), 3 Logovi'I Mulipola, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements:16 George Chuter, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Sebastian de Chaves, 20 Jordan Crane, 21 Pablo Matera, 22 Miles Benjamin, 23 Sam Harrison

Referee: Andrew Small
Assistant referees: Andy Watson, Roger Baileff
TMO: Geoff Warren

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
Sunday , April 27
Toulon vs Munster15:30
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
Sunday , April 27
Wasps vs Bath13:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Cardiff Blues 17 - 13 ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 10 - 20 Ospreys
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058