Wasps secure draw with late Hughes try

Date published: October 23 2016

A late Nathan Hughes try gave Wasps a 20-20 draw with Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon in the Champions Cup on Sunday.

The visitors scored tries from Josh Bassett and Nathan Hughes, with Jimmy Gopperth adding ten more points from the tee.

The hosts took control with Census Johnston’s try, before Gael Fickou carried over minutes after Bassett’s score to boost Sébastien Bézy’s tally. Gopperth and Bézy both converted two simple penalties in a slow-burning first half, seeing the sides go in to the break at six points apiece.

Toulouse came close to a try at the end of the half with a flurry of five metre scrums, before the ball was eventually held up thanks to a Danny Cipriani tackle, before referee George Clancy blew his whistle for half time.

The hosts finally carried over after 49 minutes, as Thierry Dusautoir charged down Cipriani’s attempted chip just five metres from his own line and prop Johnston barraged his way over, giving Bézy another simple shot at the posts.

Winger Bassett got Wasps back in to the game by going over in the corner after Christian Wade’s quick feet set up the attack and the visitors found numbers out wide. Gopperth levelled the scoring at 13-13 with his conversion.

As the French side continued to press forward, the ball moved fast through the hands of the backs and eventually came to Fickou who darted for the line. After starting the break for the try, scrum-half Bézy added the extras to take his side seven points clear of their visitors.

With less than two minutes left on the clock, Kyle Eastmond made a promising break past the Toulouse defence before Hughes bullied his way over on the right wing. Gopperth faced a tough kick from the tee to level it up, and slotted it with aplomb before Cipriani kicked to touch to finish the game.

The scorers:

For Toulouse
Johnston, Fickou
Cons: Bezy 2
Pens: Bezy 2

For Wasps
Bassett, Hughes
Cons: Gopperth 2
Pens: Gopperth 2

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Yann David, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Sébastien Bézy, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Piula Faasalele, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Florian Fritz, 23 Kunatani Kunabuli

Wasps: 15 Jimmy Gopperth, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Matt Symons, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Alapati Leiua

Date: Sunday, October 23
Venue: Stade Ernest Wallon
Kick-off: 16:15 local (14:15 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Barrie O’Connell (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)