LV=Cup wrap: Sunday

Date published: November 9 2014

Wasps outscored London Irish four tries to one to claim a 43-22 victory in their LV=Cup clash on Sunday.

Wasps outscored London Irish four tries to one to claim a 43-22 victory in their LV=Cup clash on Sunday.

Elsewhere, London Welsh’s display season continued as they slumped to a try-less defeat at home to Gloucester while Leicester comfortably beat Sale.

Wasps 43-22 London Irish
London Welsh 9-18 Gloucester
Leicester Tigers 29-13 Sale Sharks

Wasps 43-22 London Irish
At Adams Park

Young Wasps fly-half Alex Lozowski scored 22 points to inspire his team to a big win over and give them a chance to progress to the knock-out stages.

Lozowski booted five penalties and converted all four of his side’s tries as Wasps grabbed a crucial bonus point in their battle for qualification.

The key to the win was the Wasps pack, who were dominant at the set-piece, but their mistakes within kicking distance kept Irish in the game during the first period.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: McIntyre, Bassett, Thompson, Daly
Cons: Lozowski 4
Pens: Lozowski 5

For London Irish:
Try: Halavatau
Con: Dorrian
Pens: Dorrian 5
Yellow card: Hagan

Wasps: 15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Will Helu, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Chris Bell (c), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Tom Bliss, 8 Guy Thompson, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Buster Lawrence, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 James Cannon, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Edd Shervington, 1 Simon McIntyre
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 John Yapp, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Elliot Daly, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau

London Irish: 15 Topsy Ojo (c), 14 Cameron Cowell, 13 Guy Armitage, 12 Eoin Griffin, 11 Tom Fowlie, 10 Myles Dorrian, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Conor Gilsenan, 7 Jimmy Stevens, 6 Ollie Curry, 5 Dave Lyons, 4 Kieran Low, 3 Leo Halavatau, 2 Mike Mayhew, 1 Matt Parr
Replacements: 16 Richard Palframan, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Toby Salmon, 20 Theo Vukasinovic, 21 Connor Murphy, 22 Ross Neal, 23 James Short

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Paul Burton (England), Paul Dix (England)
Timekeeper: Laurie Bryant (England)
Assessor: Gary Welsh (England)

London Welsh 9-18 Gloucester
At Kassam Stadium

Six penalties from Aled Thomas condemned London Welsh to their 10th consecutive defeat in a dire game.

The Exiles squandered a great chance to pull off their first win, as despite having the stronger pack, they lacked the control and firepower behind the scrum to secure victory, with three penalties from Will Robinson being the only response.

The result means Gloucester maintained their interest in the competition with home games against Harlequins and Ospreys still to come.

The scorers:

For London Welsh:
Pens: Robinson 3
Yellow cards: Cahill, Schofield

For Gloucester:
Pens: A. Thomas 6
Yellow card: Knight

London Welsh: 15 Alan Awcock, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Nic Reynolds, 12 Tom May (c), 11 Nick Scott, 10 Will Robinson, 9 Paul Rowley, 8 Ben Pienaar, 7 Nathan Vella, 6 Peter Browne, 5 James Down, 4 Dean Schofield, 3 Jack Gilding, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Shane Cahill.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris, 17 Taione Vea, 18 Ben Cooper, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Jesse Liston, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 Gordon Ross, 23 Rhys Crane.

Gloucester: 15 Steve McColl, 14 Shane Monahan, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Steph Reynolds, 10 Aled Thomas (capt), 9 Callum Braley, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Tom Hicks, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Luke Cole, 1 Yann Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 17 James Gibbons, 18 Jack Spencer, 19 Rob Fuller, 20 Will Safe, 21 Harry Bassett, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Charlie Norman.

Referee: Rhys Thomas (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nigel Carrick (England), Gareth Copsey (England)
Timekeeper: David Hudson (England)
Assessor: Nigel Yates (England)

Leicester Tigers 29-13 Sale Sharks
At Welford Road

Leicester’s second win in as many games kept them top of Pool Three.

Tigers produced an astonishing second-half fightback to come from 13-3 behind at half-time to score 26 unanswered points, including four tries, after the interval.

It was a day of good news as England prop Dan Cole made a successful return from surgery on a neck injury to take the field in the second half.

The visitors claimed the only try of the first half, with lock Michael Paterson touching down from a catch-and-drive, while fly-half Nick McLeod kicked two penalties and the conversion for a 13-3 advantage.

But Tigers took control in the second period with two quickfire tries from Miles Benjamin, combined with scores from the industrious Harry Thacker and Matt Smith, gaining a bonus point in front of a 17,000-strong crowd.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: H. Thacker, Smith, Benjamin 2
Cons: Burns 3
Pen: Burns
Yellow card: Smith

For Sale:
Try: Paterson
Con: Macleod
Pens: Macleod 2
Yellow card: Haley

Leicester: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Oli Bryant, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison (c), 8 Ed Milne, 7 Charlie Beckett, 6 Harry Wells, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Joe Maksymiw, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Tom Bristow.
Replacements: 16 Jake Farnworth, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Aniseko Sio, 20 Stone Priestley-Nangle, 21 David Mele, 22 Rhys Williams, 23 Charlie Thacker.

Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Sam James, 11 Phil MacKenzie, 10 Nick McLeod, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (capt), 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Ross Harrison, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Darren Fearn, 18 James Flynn, 19 Magnus Lund, 20 Andy Hughes, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Charlie Ingall.

Referee: Darren Gamage (England)
Assistant referees: Ross Campbell (England), Gordon Goodliffe (England)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)
Timekeeper: Mike Hamlin (England)
Assessor: Steve Leyshon (England)