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London Wasps 14 Leicester Tigers 12

25 Nov 2012
London Wasps 14 Leicester Tigers 12

Leicester Tigers’ Adams Park woes continued as Tom Varndell scored against his former club to lead London Wasps to a 14-12 victory.

Richard Cockerill’s men headed south knowing that they hadn’t tasted victory at the home of Wasps since September 2007.

And they couldn’t have asked for a worse start as Varndell grabbed his eighth Aviva Premiership try of the season in the opening minutes.

And although the boot of George Ford kept Leicester in the game, penalties from opposite number Nick Robinson and replacement Lee Thomas got Wasps over the line, continuing their 100 per cent home record at Adams Park.

Wasps couldn’t have asked for a better start as they looked to continue their fine form at Adams Park as Varndell went over after just three minutes.

After a quick tap and go from Billy Vunipola the ball found its way into the hands of Elliot Daly, the centre flinging the ball out left to Varndell who went over in the corner despite the best efforts of Tigers full-back Matthew Tait on his first Aviva Premiership start of the season.

The left-footed Robinson was left with a tough conversion by the sideline and his effort sailed wide.

But the home side’s frantic start to the game continued as Christian Wade nearly joined his fellow wing Varndell on the scoresheet just two minutes later with what would have been a contender for try of the season.

Picking the ball up on the left wing Wade cut inside and showed some quick feet to break through tackles but was held up inches short thanks to a superb tackle by Tigers’ Niall Morris.

However, despite Wade being denied a sensational try Wasps did extend their lead as Robinson knocked over a penalty.

Ford got Leicester on the scoresheet with a tenth-minute penalty but the Wasps’ pack were having plenty of joy at the scrum against Leicester’s and they gave both Daly and Robinson penalty attempts to stretch the hosts’ lead.

The first effort from Daly was inside his own half and although it had the distance it lacked direction and sailed wide while Robinson was afforded a closer position in front of the posts but his effort struck the left upright.

Wasps were made to rue those missed chances as Ford added his second penalty on 34 minutes to cut the deficit to just two points.

And when Graham Kitchener was pulled down at a lineout three minutes later Ford had the chance to put the Tigers ahead for the first time but his effort sailed wide and Wasps held on to lead 8-6 at half-time.

But Ford did put Leicester ahead four minutes after the restart after Wasps were penalised at a scrum just outside their own 22.

Varndell thought he had his second try on 47 minutes as he went over in the left corner again but Hugo Southwell’s clever pass had gone forward.

Wasps did retake the lead when half-time replacement Thomas struck a penalty on 53 minutes, and the same player extended the lead with another long-range three-pointer shortly after.

Ford got Leicester back to within two points of their hosts with an easy penalty on the hour but he fluffed his lines when he was afforded another chance to put his side back in front.

Thomas then had the chance to give Wasps some breathing space with five minutes to go with a penalty of his own but he was narrowly wide with his booming effort, but it didn’t matter as the home side held on for the victory, condemning Tigers to a fourth-straight away defeat.

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