Six-try Wasps see off London Irish

Date published: May 7 2016

Wasps finished their league campaign in style when they defeated relegation-bound London Irish 38-12 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Wasps finished their league campaign in style when they defeated relegation-bound London Irish 38-12 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Despite a positive start from Irish where Johnny Williams’ try gave them a 7-6 advantage, touchdowns via Thomas Young, Charles Piutau and Christian Wade opened up a 21-7 lead for the Coventry outfit at the break.

The Exiles managed to reduce the deficit through Alex Lewington in the second half but scores by Dan Robson, Josh Bassett and Ashley Johnson completed the victory.

Wasps were looking to gain a home semi-final in the play-offs but Exeter Chiefs’ dominant victory over Harlequins ended those hopes. Irish’s only motivation going into game, having already been relegated, was pride and they gave it a go in the opening exchanges.

Although Ruaridh Jackson kicked an early penalty for the hosts, Tom Coventry’s men were dangerous in open field. Both Fergus Mulchrone and Asaeli Tikoirotuma made incursions into opposition territory and they were rewarded with the lead after 22 minutes.

By that time, Wasps’ stand-off had given Young’s side a six-point buffer but Irish hit back through Williams, who burst across the whitewash from close range.

The home team responded to regain their advantage following a driving maul which ended in Young going over.

Unfortunately for the back-rower, that proved to be his high point of the afternoon as the director of rugby?s son was helped off the field with a leg injury.

However, that setback did not seem to hinder the Coventry-based outfit and an outstanding run by hooker Ashley Johnson resulted in Piutau touching down out wide.

Good work from Elliot Daly then allowed Wade to score Wasps’ third try and enable them to go into the interval 14 points ahead.

Perhaps thinking that the win had been secured, the hosts struggled in the second period and were penned back as Irish dominated the forward exchanges.

After 15 minutes of pressure Lewington eventually broke through, but Wasps soon re-established their control on proceedings and finished with a flourish.

Breakaway tries from Robson and Bassett effectively sealed the victory before Johnson went over for a score which was harsh on the gallant visitors.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Young, C Piutau, Wade, Robson, Bassett, Johnson
Con: Gopperth
Pens: Jackson 2

For London Irish:
Williams, Lewington
Con: Brophy-Clews

Wasps: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Haskell (c), 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Edd Shervington, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Jimmy Gopperth, 23 Rob Miller

London Irish: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Fergus Mulchrone, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Aseli Tikoirotuma, 10 Theo Brophy Clews, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Joe Trayfoot, 6 Luke Narraway (c), 5 Matt Symons, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Ben Franks, 2 David Paice, 1 Johnny Harris
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Leo Halavatau, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Chris Noakes, 23 Ciaran Hearn

Referee: Thomas Foley
Assistant Referees: Greg Garner, Kevin Stewart
TMO: Stuart Terheege