Fixtures - Top Bar

Dai Young thrilled with Cipriani and Gopperth combination

Dai Young was a happy man after Danny Cipriani made a successful Aviva Premiership Rugby return to Wasps, guiding them to a 25-20 win over Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena.

Chiefs and Wasps played out another thriller in Coventry and after losing three of four clashes last year, scores from Jimmy Gopperth, Dan Robson and Tommy Taylor clinched victory for Young’s side.

Cipriani’s blind-side attack and slick hands were crucial in creating a pivotal try for Dan Robson early in the second half, as Wasps wrestled momentum back from the West Country men – who had led 17-8 at the break.

And Welshman Young was satisfied with Cipriani’s performance on his return to his boyhood club.

“Danny has fitted in well, we have always known that he has X-factor, the challenge has always been with Danny to do the bread and butter stuff, not to get to excited and try to do everything on his own,” he said.

“In the first half he was frustrated because we weren’t working hard enough and he was forced into kicking the ball.

“I am pretty pleased really; he and Jimmy Gopperth worked well together, I thought that would give us another dimension.

“We challenged the players at half-time to work harder and get into shape quicker, get us over the gain-line, give us some front-foot ball and we knew the opportunities would arise.

“We are pretty good off turnover ball, Christian Wade on the wing is pretty good, Dan is always on his shoulder and that is probably a carbon copy of three or four he scored last season.”

Baxter, who guided his side to a maiden Aviva Premiership Rugby final against Saracens last year, urged his side to a kick on from earning a losing bonus point against an outfit packed with quality.

But with Saracens up next at Sandy Park, he knows they must bounce back quickly against the defending European and Aviva Premiership champions.

“The bigger picture is that we have got a losing bonus point against a top-four team from last year away from home – that is par, it’s OK,” Baxter said.

“There was a period fairly early in the second half where Wasps just wrestled the momentum away from us.

“It was good play from Wasps and they showed a desire to keep coming at us and for us probably a lack of patience when we had the ball.

“There was a chance if we had been more clinical for us to get above par and win here today.

“We have to use this as a foundation, we were in a similar position last year, we played pretty well at Bath and lost, but we used that as a good foundation.”

 

Wasps: Rob Miller; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Jimmy Gopperth, Josh Bassett (Frank Halai 71); Danny Cipriani, Dan Robson (Joe Simpson 62); Matt Mullan (Simon McIntyre 51), Tommy Taylor, Phil Swainston (Marty Moore 60), Joe Launchbury, James Gaskell (Matt Symons 51), Sam Jones (Alex Rieder 74), Guy Thompson, Nathan Hughes (Ashley Johnson 60)

Unused Replacments: Brendan Macken

 

Exeter Chiefs: Phil Dollman; Olly Woodburn, Ollie Devoto, Sam Hill (Gareth Steenson 73), Ian Whitten (James Short 10); Henry Slade, Will Chudley (Dave Lewis 56); Ben Moon (Alec Hepburn 54), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Jack Yeandle 54), Harry Williams (Greg Holmes 50), Mitch Lees (Geoff Parling 46), Damian Welch, Don Armand, Julian Salvi, Thomas Waldrom (Dave Dennis 63)

 

SCORERS

 

Wasps 25

Tries Gopperth, Robson, Taylor

Conversions Gopperth 2

Penalties: Gopperth 2

 

Exeter Chiefs:

Tries: Waldrom, Chudley,

Conversions: Slade 2

Penalties: Slade 2

 

Referee: Thomas Foley

Attendance: 13,555

Latest News

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold was left stunned and disappointed after Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua struck late…

Match Reaction: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans signed off from the Stoop with a majestic performance as he kicked 22 points against Wasps…

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

Sonatane Takulua scored all of Newcastle Falcons' points - including a late converted try - to down a spirited Worcester…

Match Report: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Nick Evans capped a memorable final appearance for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop by scoring 22 points as they downed…

Alafoti Faosiliva commits future to Worcester Warriors

Samoa international Alafoti Faosiliva will continue his Sixways career after committing his future to the Club. The 31-year-old arrived at…

Alafoti Faosiliva

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action

It's the penultimate round of regular-season matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend - Russell Hargreaves has the details.

Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby

Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park,…

Schalk Brits

Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles…

JJ Hanrahan

Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against…

Matt Garvey

Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one…

Mariano Galarza

Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their…

Gareth Steenson

Leicester Tigers team news for final home game

Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home…

Adam Thompstone

Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens

Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The…

Olly Robinson

Four Changes For Sharks Ahead of Tigers Clash

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Leicester Tigers this Saturday at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership…

Josh Charnley

Callum Chick not given up on top-six finish for Newcastle Falcons

Promising Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick hasn't given up on helping his side qualify for a Champions Cup place next…

Jack Singleton still buzzing after baptism of fire at Worcester Warriors

Jack Singleton admits he never expected to get as much Aviva Premiership Rugby game time as he has had this…

Saracens sign Wales international lock Dominic Day

Saracens have completed the signing of Wales international lock forward Dominic Day for the for the upcoming 2017/18 season. 31-year…

Dominic Day

Tom Heathcote extends his stay at Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Scotland international Tom Heathcote has put pen to paper on a new contract…

Tom Heathcote