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Match Report: Wasps U18 19 Leicester Tigers U18 53


A devastating second-half performance from Leicester Tigers saw them beat Wasps 53-19 in the third-versus fourth play-off match at the Premiership Rugby Under 18 Academy Finals day.

Jacob Umaga – son of former Samoa international Mike – scored 20 points in the second half at Saracens’ Allianz Park, including two tries.

There were also scores for Sam Yawayawa, Sam Grahamslaw, Levi Davis, Matt Riddington and James Martin for Leicester, with Jacob Turner twice crossing for Wasps, who had taking the lead through Ollie Brown’s early try.

Wasps had got off to a great start as Brown powered his way through the tackle from close range to touch down, with Connor Eastgate adding the extras.

But Leicester Tigers’ good work at the breakdown was nullifying the Wasps threat early on and they pulled it back to 7-3 through Tom Hardwick’s penalty midway through the opening half.

And the Tigers went ahead soon after when the ball was moved right from the scrum and a neat switch from Matt Riddington released Yawayawa and he ran down the right wing before leaving Hardwick with an easy conversion under the posts.

Leicester went into the break with a six-point advantage as Hardwick kicked a penalty for offside from in front of the posts with the final attack of the half, to make it 13-7.

The Tigers came out from the interval with real vigour as Davis was just yards from the try-line before he was taken into touch.

But they did extend their advantage just moments later when Grahamslaw showed great power to hold off the tackler and cross.

It was Umaga who converted and the inside centre grabbed a try of his own minutes later when he kicked through following a handling error by Wasps.

Umaga’s second conversion extended the lead to 20 points and the contest was effectively over when Davis beat several Wasps players on the left wing on his way to an excellent score which started at the halfway line.

Umaga was unable to add the extras but his name was on the scoresheet once more when he again ran on to a kick through and then expertly slotted the conversion from the touchline to make it 39-7.

Wasps improved as the half wore on, with Turner twice powering over to score for Wasps, either side of Riddington’s try.

But it was Leicester who finished the game the stronger and James Martin’s try, and another Umaga conversion, rounded off a fine showing for the Tigers.
Wasps: Kerr (Crocker, 60); Hanley, Shepherd, Spink, Brown; Eastgate, Porter; Probyn (Salkeld, 58), Cox (Guthrie, 58), Strainge (Dimen, 68), Holford, Ehizode, Seabrook (Pullin, 62), Coker, Turner.
Unused Replacements: Pietersen, Sirker 

Leicester Tigers: Simmons; Yawayawa, Riddington, Umaga, Davis (Duffield, 65); Hardwick (Martin, 65), White; Harper (Greatorex-Sanderson, 60), Mahoney (Coulam, 55), Charters (Sherry, 60), Hutchinson, Lewis, Grahamslaw, Reffell (Bywater 67), Poole. 
Unused Replacements: Jones, Brown.
Tries: Brown, Turner 2
Conversions: Eastgate 2

Tries: Yawayawa, Grahamslaw, Umaga 2, Davis, Riddington, Martin
Conversions: Hardwick, Umaga 5
Penalties: Hardwick 2

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