Planet Rugby

Wasps pipped by Gloucester

13th February 2011 18:54

Share:

Charlie Sharples attacking against Wasps

In the rain: Charlie Sharples

Gloucester moved into the top four of the Aviva Premiership on Sunday thanks to a 10-9 victory over Wasps.

The Cherry and Whites had racked up a 10-0 lead by the break thanks to a try from wing James Simpson-Daniel and a conversion and penalty from fly-half Nicky Robinson.

Robinson's kicking boots deserted him after the break as he missed three further penalty attempts, but Dave Walder's three successful kicks were not enough for the hosts.

But there was bad news for both sides as a gripping contest was marred by the sight of former England wings Tom Varndell and James Simpson-Daniel leaving the pitch on stretchers with what looked like serious ankle injuries.

Wasps welcomed back number eight John Hart for his first game of the season following a shoulder operation last summer, but Gloucester were forced to make two late changes when Olly Morgan and Alex Brown withdrew with injuries sustained in training.

They switched Charlie Sharples to full-back, recalled Tom Voyce to the wing and former Wales lock Will James came in for Brown.

Driving rain had soaked the pitch before kick-off, and Gloucester targeted Ben Jacobs immediately, launching high balls towards the centre as he tried to adapt to his unfamiliar role at full-back.

Wasps should have made more of a great 12th-minute break by Joe Simpson, taken on by Joe Worsley, but the flanker's decision to pass wide to Hart rather than inside was a mistake because Hart kicked ahead, and the threat died.

The conditions led to a number of knocks-ons,

and referee Dean Richards was busy setting a succession of scrums, but both teams set our their stall from the kick-off - to attack.

And although Wasps had the edge in early possession, it was Gloucester who were first on the scoreboard after 17 minutes.

Wasps captain Joe Ward blundered by batting back a high kick from Sharples that was missed by Jacobs, and Simpson-Daniel was on the loose ball like a flash, scooting clear to score by the posts, Robinson adding the conversion.

As the rain intensified, Jacobs was under pressure from the high balls aimed his way, and it seemed odd that former England full-back Mark van Gisbergen was perched on the Wasps bench.

Another Wasps mistake, this time being lazy in retreating, handed Gloucester a penalty on 25 minutes, and Robinson's kick was spot-on.

Gloucester came into the game with questions being asked about their scrum, but there was little wrong about their scrummaging during the first half at Adams Park, adding to the problems confronted by Wasps.

Walder drilled home a penalty with his first opportunity at goal of the evening early in the second half and within 60 seconds Gloucester were caught offside and Walder doubled his and Wasps' tally with another accurate kick.

Gloucester hit back and forced a penalty on 52 minutes, but the angle out wide proved too acute for Robinson whose attempt fell short.

Richard Birkett then hauled down a maul in the 55th minute, escaped a yellow card, and watched as Robinson missed his second penalty attempt in three minutes.

Wasps were sharper during the second half, and it was no surprise when Van Gisbergen came on at full-back in the 60th minute, with Jacobs replacing Richard Haughton on the wing.

Gloucester were unlucky to concede a 64th minute penalty, awarded against Akapusi Qera who looked to have been punched in the face by Serge Betsen. Worse for the visitors, Walder rifled it home from 40 metres.

Wasps created a strong scoring opportunity following a 13-phase series of rucks only for Walder's attempted drop-goal to fly low and wide as Gloucester held out before Robinson missed another late penalty chance for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Pen: Walder 3

For Gloucester:
Try: Simpson-Daniel
Con: Robinson
Pen: Robinson

Wasps: 15 Ben Jacobs, 14 Richard Haughton, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Dave Walder, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 John Hart, 7 Serge Betson, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 James Cannon, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Joe Ward (capt), 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Shaun Ruwers, 18 Bob Baker, 19 Marty Veale, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Nic Berry, 22 Steve Kefu, 23 Mark van Gisbergen.

Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Tim Molenaar, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Luke Narraway (capt), 7 Andrew Hazell, 6 Peter Buxton, 5 Alex Brown. 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Olivier Azam, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Alasdair Strokosch, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Tom Voyce.

Referee: Dean Richards

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821