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Wasps 48 London Irish 16

21 Dec 2014
Wasps 48 London Irish 16

Andy Goode set a new Aviva Premiership Rugby individual points record in front of the largest home crowd the competition has ever seen as Wasps began life at the Ricoh Arena in style against London Irish.

The 34-year-old returned an incredible 33 points, the most of anyone in a single Aviva Premiership game, while tries from Joe Simpson, Elliot Daly and Andrea Masi rounded off a bonus-point win.

Wasps’ first match at their new home had been much anticipated and the supporters turned out in force to cheer on their side with 28,254 there to witness the house-warming.

When the ball reached Christian Wade wide out on the right-hand side in the opening exchanges the crowd roared in anticipation of an opening score but the wing was quickly ushered into touch.

Irish were guilty of not moving away when Ashley Johnson looked to pierce a whole in their defence on five minutes and Goode secured the first points at the Ricoh with a simple penalty.

A superb break from Daly had Wasps five metres from the Irish try-line but when Goode tried to find numbers out wide with a precision kick, the visitors were able to earn a defensive line-out.

And although their set-piece stood firm, good work from Johnson at the breakdown earned Wasps another penalty on 12 minutes, Goode successful from right in front.

But Irish threatened to upset the party when they crossed for the first ever try at Wasps’ new stadium through Geoff Cross on 16 minutes.

Following a Wasps scrum ten metres from their own try-line, Irish put Nathan Hughes under immense pressure and when scrum-half Scott Steele disrupted Simpson’s attempted clearance, Blair Cowan collected the loose ball and fed Cross for a simple finish.

Tom Homer, appearing in just his fifth Aviva Premiership game in nine months, added the extras to give Irish a 7-6 lead.

A high tackle on Hughes by Tom Court allowed Goode to add another three points shortly afterwards to edge Wasps back ahead, but Homer responded with a penalty of his own after Matt Mullan was penalised.

Goode kicked another two penalties for 15-10 as the lead changed hands once more, although a monstrous 50m penalty from Homer had Irish within two points with half-time approaching.

Frustratingly for Irish director of rugby Brian Smith his side gave away yet another penalty within range, allowing Goode to maintain his perfect record.

But an infringement at the breakdown by James Haskell with time already up allowed Homer to kick another penalty in the last action of the first half to send his side in 18-16 behind.

It didn’t take long for Wasps to strike after the break, just four minutes into the second half in fact and they had their first try at the Ricoh through Simpson.

The move began when Sailosi Tagicakibau ripped the ball from Irish inside his own 22 and when the ball found Wade the wing made the best part of 60 metres, before Johnson and Ed Shervington showed quick hands to put Simpson in.

Goode missed the conversion from wide on the right – his only failure on the day – but got over it quickly as he added another penalty on 48 minutes.

Irish gave away a succession of penalties defending their own try-line but thwarted two attempts by Wasps at the catch and drive from five metres out.

The hosts thought they had scored through Tagicakibau after Goode had sprayed the ball out wide, but referee Tom Foley had already blown for a penalty against David Paice.

The Irish hooker was subsequently sent to the sin bin and Goode knocked over the penalty for a 29-16 advantage on the hour.

And just six minutes later the outstanding Goode had a try of his own as he darted through a hole in the Irish defence to dot down under the posts, making the conversion a simple one.

Daly was next to cross, finishing off a sweeping passing move that again began with a Wade break on the opposite touch-line.

And Masi went over in the final minute to round off a perfect afternoon with the bonus-point score.

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