Planet Rugby

Wasps find their sting

24th October 2008 21:55

Share:

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)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , April 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
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
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
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs 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
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058