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Aviva A League round-up: Round 3

Wasps collected their first Aviva A League victory of the season with a convincing six-try triumph at London Irish and coach Matt Davies is eager to see his side kick on.

They had begun the campaign with a 38-28 home defeat to Harlequins last month but Davies’ side bounced back convincingly on Monday night with a 36-7 success.

Guy Thompson opened the scoring, while Conor Dolan, Brendan Macken and Camilo Parilli-Ocampo also crossed over and a Josh Bassett double secured the points. Connor Hayhow grabbed the Exiles’ only try.

Next up is a clash with reigning champions Saracens Storm and the Wasps coach is pleased to see his charges back on the right track.

“It was a great result for the club, with six good tries and a number of strong performances,” said Davies.

“Irish played with some real intent tonight and put us under pressure at times, but we put in some excellent defensive sets, and we were able to be clinical enough to build a strong lead at half-time.

“In the second half we became a little disjointed at times, but maintained our work rate, particularly in defence, at crucial times.

“We have Saracens at Maidenhead next Monday and Bristol the week after, and we will be looking forward to building on this performance.”

Harlequins, meanwhile, stay top of the Southern Conference after a narrow 20-16 victory over Bath United.

Charlie Walker scored a superb solo try for Quins, while Owen Evans crossed over late on – either side of a Liam Forsyth score for Bath.

That handed them a narrow lead and fly-half Tim Swiel eased any nerves with a late penalty to make it three wins in as many Aviva A League outings.

Elsewhere, Exeter Braves cut loose to record a 45-13 win at Bristol United, Byron McGuigan grabbing a pair of tries.

Jack Maunder, Sam Simmonds, Brett Sturgess, Harrison Cully and Stuart Townsend also scored for the Braves, while fly-half Joe Simmonds picked up the remainder of the points from the tee.

Northampton Wanderers moved to within one point of the top of the Northern Conference, after beating East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers 38-13.

Leicester led at half-time through Ollie Bryant’s charge-down try but Luke Eves crossed over after the break to inspire a Wanderers turnaround.

There were also tries for Tom Collins and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi before Evens completed the scoring with his second eight minutes from time.

Gloucester held onto top spot despite only managing an 18-18 draw with Worcester Cavaliers, Steve McColl slotting a penalty to tie things up before missing a last-gasp effort to win it.

And John O’Donnell crossed the whitewash two minutes from time to hand Sale Jets a 21-19 victory at Newcastle Falcons, their first win of the Aviva A League season.
 
Northern Conference
Leicester Tigers 13-38 Northampton Wanderers
Newcastle Falcons 19-21 Sale Jets           
Gloucester United 18-18 Worcester Cavaliers
 
Southern Conference
London Irish 7-36 Wasps
Bristol United 13-45 Exeter Braves
Harlequins 20-16 Bath United
 

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