Tom Howe handed his future employers a handy reminder of his talents with two tries in Wasps’ comfortable 45-0 Aviva A League victory over Worcester Cavaliers on Monday night.
The 21-year-old wing, who will be joining Worcester Warriors for the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby season, stole the show by crossing the whitewash twice in the space of three minutes at Sixways, as Wasps claimed their second shutout victory of the season in the competition.
Howe, who also clinched this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Breakthrough Player Award, scored his team’s fourth and fifth tries on the night, long after Tom Cruse had crashed over following a driving lineout within the first five minutes – Connor Eastgate adding the conversion.
After the Cavaliers had missed a penalty, Wasps eased into a 14-0 lead with 20 minutes on the clock, Cruse diving over the line from another lineout and Eastgate again successfully converting.
As the first period wore on, the hosts looked to hit back but were unable to find a way past a robust Wasps defence while both Howe and Guy Thompson came close to adding to the visitors’ total before the break.
A League FT: Wasps score seven tries and hold Worcester scoreless to win 45-0 pic.twitter.com/YFPVpefDqi
— Wasps (@WaspsRugby) April 3, 2017
Wasps continued to lay siege to the Cavaliers in the second half and despite being denied a number of times, they did finally extend their lead in the 55th minute – after Sam Harry drove into the Worcester 22, play came back infield for captain Craig Hampson to go over near the posts, Eastgate converting with ease.
Then, Howe came to the fore.
Four minutes after Wasps had scored their third try, Guy Armitage won a turnover in midfield and teed up the Worcester-bound youngster to race in from 40 metres, and shortly afterwards, he chipped over the Cavaliers defence for a quickfire second try.
There was still time for the visitors to rack up their sixth try of the game as Nick De Luca raced almost the length of the field on the counter-attack, and after he was stopped just short of the line, Howe set up Armitage to finish things off before the Wasps scrum won a penalty try in the closing seconds.
Elsewhere, Sale Jets saw off Newcastle Falcons 29-12 to claim a bonus-point victory at Heywood Road.
Newcastle’s Glen Young opened the scoring with a try converted by Craig Willis, but Matt Rogerson crossed over from a quick-tap penalty and Dan Mugford slotted the conversion to tie things up at 7-7.
Great win tonight for @SaleSharksRugby jets Gasket blown but worth it to end the 2 and a half year try drought 👀
— ciaran parker (@Ciaran_Parker01) April 3, 2017
The Falcons’ Opeti Fonua charged over to restore the visitors’ lead but Ciaran Parker’s first try in two-and-a-half years, converted by Mugford, saw the pendulum swing back the other way.
The Jets’ further scores came courtesy of Neil Briggs and a penalty try, with Mugford making up the remainder with the boot.
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