Two see red as Wasps beat Gloucester

Date published: November 8 2015

Wasps bounced back from last weekend's defeat to Leicester Tigers with a 23-3 victory over Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

On Remembrance Sunday, the first-half of this game was extremely memorable for the home supporters. Despite a ten minute wait for the deadlock to be broken, Wasps put in a dominant first 40 to go up by sixteen points at the break. 

Elliot Daly opened the scoring with a superb penalty from distance, sending it through from beyond the halfway line. 

Christian Wade then went over for the first try of the afternoon, steaming over after good work from the backs to help Wade over, Ruaridh Jackson converting as Wasps took their lead up to ten points. 

Daly proceeded to add six more points in the second-half as he sent through two more delightful penalties, Wasps dominating in the first 40 with Gloucester left with little answer after the superb kicking of Daly. 

He missed a rare opportunity though five minutes into the second period, not that it mattered too much at that point with a sixteen point gap between the sides. 

And then things got worse for the visitors. David Halaifonua was shown a red card by the referee for an extremely strong challenge, one which was deemed high as the afternoon went from bad to worse for the visitors. 

Greig Laidlaw did get his side onto the scoreboard on 48 minutes with a penalty, but three minutes later that was overshadowed by a penalty try. A huge drive forward forced the visitors all the way back, and the try was awarded with Jackson kicking through two more points to seal the victory with half an hour still to play. 

Gloucester arguably performed better when down a man, coming forward a number of times but failing to beat the Wasps defence who defended resolutely when under pressure.

The hosts were also reduced to fourteen late on, Lorenzo Cittadini shown a red for a punch on Billy Twelvetrees as tempers boiled over. But it was Wasps who picked up the straight forward victory at the Ricoh, a convincing 20 point win.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: Wade, Penalty
Con: Jackson 2
Pen: Daly 3
Red card: Cittadini (72 mins)

For Gloucester:
Pen: Laidlaw
Red card: Halaifonua (45 mins)

Wasps: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ben Jacobs, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 George Smith, 6 James Haskell (c), 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau.

Gloucester: 15 Charlie Sharples, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Billy Twelvetrees (c), 12 James Hook, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Ross Moriarty, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Purdy, 23 Rob Cook

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Darren Gamage, Robin Goodliffe
TMO: David Sainsbury