Match Reaction: Harlequins 22 Wasps 44
Wasps produced an attacking masterclass against Harlequins as Thomas Young scored two tries in their comfortable win at Harlequins.
Wasps’ Kyle Eastmond was sent off in the first half and, when Tim Visser and Aaron Morris scored for Harlequins to cancel out Juan de Jongh and Young’s earlier efforts, it looked like there was just one winner.
However, Young’s second, along with tries for Willie le Roux, Tom Cruse and Josh Bassett, saw Wasps over the line and catapulted them as high as third in the table.
MAN OF THE MATCH
There were a lot of contenders for this, with fly-half Danny Cipriani imperious for Wasps while his opposite number, Harlequins’ Marcus Smith, once again showed why he is so highly-rated.
Thomas Young and Willie le Roux also excelled but blindside flanker Jack Willis was the star of the show.
With Wasps a man down, Willis became a tackling machine and never stopped in an energy-sapping 80 minutes.
Wasps have an embarrassment of riches in the back row but it looks they may have discovered another star.
TRY OF THE MATCH
Cipriani was in his element as the match neared the end with a tired and deflated Harlequins unable to get near him.
And just as the match entered its final ten minutes he displayed a moment of magic near the hosts’ try line, looking up and dropping a superb low kick through for Bassett to dot down.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
They may have been a man down but Wasps are capable of ripping any team apart and they did that in style just when they needed it.
Harlequins had just taken the lead through Morris’ try but Wasps hit back when Cipriani, in his own half, spotted a gap and burst through.
He had De Jongh on the inside and slipped him in before the South African found Le Roux to dot down under the posts.
WHAT THEY SAID
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is excited about the prospect of flanker Jack Willis: “Jack is improving with every game he plays, and I think we have done it really well with him.
“We have dripped him in quietly and now we have unleashed him on everybody and I think he is an outstanding prospect, full of physicality, full of energy and he is only going to get better.
“He is strong over the ball and he carries strongly as well. We have got a lot of players who don’t need coaching but we have a great squad.”
Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said: “We had opportunities in the first half but we switched off at key times in the second and the game was gone.
“You can’t expect to come back against a side like this from 20 points behind, we have let ourselves down, our supporters down and our families down.”
BEST OF SOCIAL
— Dan Robson (@d_jrobson) February 11, 2018
🗣 “We didn’t do ourselves justice, we let ourselves and the fans down at home. To concede 44 points isn’t acceptable.”
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) February 11, 2018