Wasps defy the odds to claim a memorable win at the Stoop

Led by two tries from Thomas Young, an outstanding Wasps display delivered a memorable 44-22 Aviva Premiership round 14 win over hosts Harlequins.

22 - 44
Harlequins Wasps

Sun 11th February 2018
1:00 pm

Twickenham Stoop Stadium Aviva Premiership

The six-try, bonus point win was made all the more remarkable by the visitors playing over an hour with 14 men following the dismissal of Kyle Eastmond for a dangerous tackle.

The success, which was the black-and-golds’ first in the top flight at the Stoop since February 2013, ensures they remain two positions and seven points behind league leaders Exeter, who visit the Ricoh next Sunday.

The black-and-golds went ahead in the fifth minute, after Dan Robson stole away from a midfield ruck 35 metres out. He tried to chip past Ross Chisholm and the ball bounced into the path of Juan De Jongh who hacked on and won the race to touchdown between the posts for a score which Danny Cipriani converted.

A deft offload by Christian Wade then sent skipper James Gaskell charging clear, but he lost his footing just outside the home 22. Quins were able to break away and their first serious attack produced a penalty, which Marcus Smith landed from 30 metres.

Wasps responded immediately after Willie Le Roux’s angled run split the defence and his offload found Thomas Young whose pace took him round the defence for a superb try in the corner.

Harlequins roared back with an attack down the left from which Tim Visser cut inside to go for the line. Le Roux tackled him just short and he stretched out for the touchdown, but to Wasps’ relief the TMO ruled he grounded the ball short. 

A minute later, Eastmond was shown a red card for a high tackle on Marcus Smith.

Quins should have taken immediate advantage, but failed to make the most of an overlap on the left, then the home side had another great scoring opportunity after Smith cut through and found Dave Lewis in support, but Le Roux put in a brilliant try-saving tackle 10 metres from the line. 

But the hosts’ pressure did finally tell when Visser came off his wing and went through the middle for a well-worked try which Smith converted.

Wasps hit back with a Cipriani penalty won by good interplay between Le Roux, Wade and Tom Cruse, and when an excellent Jack Willis turnover prevented an almost certain home try moments later, Dai Young’s men went into the break with a 15-10 advantage.

It took the home side under a minute of the second half to draw level, when Aaron Morris gathered Robson’s clearance to race clear down the left to the corner, but the visitors soon regained the lead after a powerful scrum earned them a penalty 35 metres out and Cipriani was on target.

And the away side immediately stretched their lead with Young’s second try, which was created by a piece of Wade magic and some fine support from Robson and De Jongh.

Cipriani converted, and the fly half was then the catalyst for another memorable long-distance score when he broke from his own 22 and fed De Jongh who again delivered the scoring pass to a looping Le Roux who went between the posts for a converted score.

This clinched the bonus point, but Wasps continued to press, and a long spell in the home 22 which yielded a series of penalties ended with a yellow card for Quins replacement Archie Rice, then a Tom Cruse driving lineout score which Cipriani upgraded with a fine kick.

Although home lock Charlie Matthews then went over nine minutes from time for a score which Smith improved, any late black-and-gold nerves were eased when Cipriani sent an inch-perfect chip to the corner and Josh Bassett gathered to claim a sixth Wasps try.

Harlequins Line ups

  1. Lewis Boyce
  2. Dave Ward
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Ben Glynn
  5. Charlie Matthews
  6. James Chisholm
  7. Luke Wallace
  8. Matt Luamanu
  9. Dave Lewis
  10. Marcus Smith
  11. Tim Visser
  12. Jamie Roberts
  13. Joe Marchant
  14. Alofa Alofa
  15. Ross Chisholm
  16. Joe Gray
  17. Mark Lambert
  18. Will Collier
  19. Stan South
  20. Archie White
  21. Jono Kitto
  22. Ian Prior
  23. Aaron Morris

Wasps Line ups

  1. Simon McIntyre
  2. Tom Cruse
  3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
  4. James Gaskell
  5. Kearnan Myall
  6. Jack Willis
  7. Thomas Young
  8. Guy Thompson
  9. Dan Robson
  10. Danny Cipriani
  11. Josh Bassett
  12. Kyle Eastmond
  13. Juan de Jongh
  14. Christian Wade
  15. Willie Le Roux
  16. Tommy Taylor
  17. Matt Mullan
  18. Martin Moore
  19. Marcus Garratt
  20. Nathan Hughes
  21. Joe Simpson
  22. Jimmy Gopperth
  23. Gabiriele Lovobalavu