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Wasps demolish Saracens

22 Sep 2002
Wasps demolish Saracens

The New Zealander crashed over the line in both halves to help his side rack up an unexpectedly large victory over the visitors, a victory underpinned by the fine kicking form of three Wasps in Kenny Logan, Alex King and Wasps new signing Mark van Gisbergen.

After the game Saracens’ boss Buck Shelford said: "It was a very poor game and it isn’t good enough. We were equal to Wasps in the first half but we kept making error after error which put them on the front foot and kept them there. It isn’t acceptable."

It was King who opened the scoring for the home side, the fly-half slotting a penalty after just three minutes, but his performance was to be severely limited in the first-half after he went off the field for treatment to a facial injury, during which time Logan took over the kicking duties.

Saracens struck back in the 15th minute through a Kevin Sorrell try – converted by fly-half Andy Goode – but the lead was to be shortlived as a period of Wasps pressure resulted in Dowd scoring the first of his two tries.

Logan was on hand to land the conversion and added a penalty just two minutes to give his side a 13-7 lead. and then found himself right in the middle of proceedings as a makeshift scrum-half following the sin-binning of team-mate Martyn Wood.

While Goode was able to land three first-half penalties to keep his side within touching distance, the loss of Wood did not seem to affect Lawrence Dallaglio’s side too much as some pinpoint passing and territorial pressure saw them easily cope with the Saracens attack.

After the break, Wasps began to pull out of sight, Josh Lewsey showing good pace and power to score a try in the 41st minute, then King adding the conversion and two penalties.

Dallaglio landed a killer blow in the 68th minute, charging over for a try and minutes later it was the turn of replacement John Rudd to get his name on the scoresheet for the now rampant Wasps.

Premiership debutant Van Gisbergen knocked over the conversion and the match was effectively finished as a competition.

But Saracens still had some fight left in them, Goode scoring a consolation try in the 77th minute and converting.

Fittingly, Wasps capped off a good afternoon’s work with Dowd’s second try and Van Gisbergen’s conversion was to be the last act of the match.

The scorers:

London Wasps:Tries: Lawrence Dallaglio, Craig Dowd (2), Josh Lewsey, John RuddCons: Alex King, Kenny Logan, Mark Van Gisbergen (2)Pens: Alex King (5), Kenny Logan.

Saracens:Tries: Andy Goode, Kevin SorrellCons: Andy Goode (2)Pens: Andy Goode (3)

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