Planet Rugby

Wasps get the better of Leeds

05th January 2008 16:45

Share:

Fraser Waters Wasps Leeds Try

Parted Sea: Fraser Waters crosses the whitewash for his try

London Wasps confirmed their position on the Guinness Premiership rail with a bitty 25-17 victory over Leeds Carnegie at Adams Park on Saturday, but the home side's failure to turn the screw and pick up the bonus point will rankle.

Losers of their last 11 away games in the league, the visitors looked dead and buried at 25-3 down but rallied with two converted tries and, with three minutes remaining, almost scored another through winge Tom Biggs.

England wing Paul Sackey and centre Riki Flutey came to Wasps' rescue to deny Leeds, but the home side were left shaking their heads that they not secured the all-important fourth try.

Everyone expected a routine afternoon for Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio in his first match since calling a halt to his England career and far tougher tests certainly lie ahead if he is to go out of all rugby at the end of the season with another trophy.

Dallaglio knows Wasps will certainly have to play better for that to happen.

The European champions, however, have now lost only one of their last 11 matches in all competitions after a desperately disappointing start to the season.

Right from the start, it was clear there was a gulf in class, despite Wasps being forced into a late change when full-back Mark Van Gisbergen injured a hamstring, although all they had to show for the first 19 minutes were two Danny Cipriani penalties.

Leeds had not beaten Wasps in their 10 previous attempts and any thoughts they might change that were virtually extinguished when flanker Joe Worsley - playing his first club game since the World Cup final after a hamstring injury - and Fraser Waters went over for tries before the interval.

Worsley was in support to make the most of a superb break by Irish scrum-half Eoin Reddan, while centre Waters finished off a move that had seen Worsley provide the initial burst.

Josh Lewsey, who switched from left wing to full-back because of Van Gisbergen's withdrawal, took it on and stand-off Cipriani accepted the pass, spun and found Waters outside him 10 metres from the line.

England hopeful Cipriani converted only the first of the touchdowns to make it 18-0.

In first-half injury-time, Leeds at last opened their account when full-back Leigh Hinton, having missed one easier chance, landed a penalty from close to the left touchline.

It again took Wasps a little while to get going after the interval, but Reddan's neat inside pass after 47 minutes allowed Lewsey to go through under the posts, Cipriani converting before being replaced just four minutes later.

It looked game over at 25-3, but Leeds had other ideas and in a spirited revival cut the gap to eight points thanks to tries from Mike Macdonald - Wasps could not believe it was awarded in the corner, with Dallaglio indicating to referee David Rose that the prop had a foot in touch - and then scrum-half Joe Bedford.

The conversions both came from replacement Alberto Di Bernardo but, try as they did, Leeds could not get any closer.

The scorers:

For London Wasps:

Tries: Worsley, Waters, Lewsey

Cons: Cipriani 2

Pens: Cipriani 2

For Leeds Carnegie:

Tries: MacDonald, Bedford

Cons: Di Bernardo 2

Pen: Hinton

London Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Fraser Waters, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Josh Lewsey, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Lawrence Dallaglio (c), 7 Tom Rees, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 George Skivington, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Tom French, 2 RaphaŽl IbaŮez, 1 Tim Payne.

Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Nick Adams, 18 Simon Shaw , 19 John Hart, 20 Mark McMillan, 21 Dave Walder, 22 Dominic Waldouck.

Leeds Carnegie: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Apo Satala, 13 Rob Vickerman, 12 Lee Blackett, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 James Brooks, 9 Joe Bedford, 8 Adam Balding, 7 Calum Clark, 6 Jon Dunbar, 5 Erik Lund, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 Tommy McGee, 2 Vili Ma'asi, 1 Mike MacDonald.

Replacements: 16 Michael Cusack, 17 James Parkes, 18 Pablo Bouza, 19 Danny Paul, 20 Alberto Di Bernardo, 21 Andy Tuilagi, 22 Jonny Hepworth.

Referee: David Rose

Touch judges: Andrew Pearce, Roger Baileff

Television match official: Matt Peters

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Preview
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs SaleExeter vs Sale Preview
Bath vs WorcesterBath vs Worcester Preview
Wasps vs GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Preview
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Preview
Newcastle vs SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Glasgow vs UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Preview
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Preview
Connacht vs MunsterConnacht vs Munster Preview
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Preview
Waratahs vs BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Preview
Sharks vs CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Preview
Stormers vs LionsStormers vs Lions Preview
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954