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Wasps find their sting

24th October 2008 21:55

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Mark Van Gisbergen Newcastle v Wasps 2008

Chance to shine: Van Gisbergen fends off Wilson

Wasps kept their hopes of EDF Energy Cup knockout qualification alive as they claimed a maximum 26-13 haul against Newcastle at Kingston Park on Friday.

Four tries meant a bonus point and Shaun Edwards will have been happy to see his side back to winning ways after their hammering at Leinster last week.

While Wasps will be happy, England will not be after Falcons centre Jamie Noon was carried off in the first half with his neck in a brace.

Meanwhile, RFU Director of Rugby Rob Andrew watched from the stands and saw Danny Cipriani come through unscathed.

It was not vintage Cipriani as he missed two relatively easy first-half kicks but he did manufacture a crucial second-half try for Tom Voyce.

Newcastle's pack caught Wasps on the hop at the first scrum and when they stood up as the Falcons put on the drive, it led to a second-minute penalty for Rory Clegg.

There was a long delay for treatment to England centre Noon in the eighth minute after a double tackle by Josh Lewsey and Jeremy Staunton and Noon was eventually stretchered off and replaced by Tom Dillon.

Newcastle's lead disappeared in the twelfth minute when Brent Wilson fell off Lewsey and Paul Sackey had the easiest of run-ins for the try for a 5-3 lead before Cipriani made a mess of the conversion.

Newcastle were certainly not overawed and youngsters Clegg and Dillon combined to take the Falcons into the Wasps half.

When Lewsey stepped offside, Clegg kicked a 27th-minute penalty to put his side back in front at 6-5.

Cipriani missed another relatively simple kick at goal six minutes from half-time but Wasps went into the break leading 12-6 after Tom Rees burrowed his way over after successive drives on the Newcastle line and this time Cipriani kicked the conversion.

He then produced a moment of magic when Newcastle were penalised for a high tackle - immediately firing a high kick to the left corner where the ball bounced off Ollie Phillips and into the grateful arms of Voyce for a try which Cipriani converted from the touchline.

The fly-half then missed a long-range penalty but Newcastle had the best of the closing stages with Tom May going over in the corner. However, he was brought back for a foot in touch before Mick Young's dart opened the way for Rob Vickers to crash over - Clegg's conversion putting Newcastle back in the match at 19-13 with eight minutes left.

But Joe Simpson killed the game off two minutes from time with a surging run and a tumbling bonus-point try which Cipriani converted.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:

Tries: Vickers

Con: Clegg

Pen: Clegg 2

For Wasps:

Tries: Sackey, Rees, Voyce, Simpson

Con: Cipriani 3

Yellow card: Barnard (Wasps) - 72 minutes

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Steve Jones, 14 Ollie Phillips, 13 Jamie Noon, 12 Tom May, 11 John Rudd, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 James Grindal, 8 Russell Winter (c), 7 Brent Wilson, 6 Adam Balding, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 Andy Perry, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Andy Long, 1 Joe McDonnell.

Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 Jon Golding, 18 Ross Beattie, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Micky Young, 21 Spencer Davey, 22 Tom Dillon.

London Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Josh Lewsey, 12 Jeremy Staunton, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Mark Robinson, 8 Joe Worsley, 7 Tom Rees (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Richard Birkett, 3 Pat Barnard, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.

Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 Phil Vickery, 18 John Hart, 19 Serge Betsen, 20 Joe Simpson, 21 Dan Leo, 22 Dave Walder.

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

Touch judges: Rob Debney (England), Martin Buck (England)

Assessor: Brian Campsall (England)

Television match official: Trevor Parlett (England)

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