Wasps laid to rest the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Newcastle Falcons with a rapid recovery to down Ospreys in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Branden Macken scored twice for the visitors, but it was the incisive opening 20 minutes that decided the clash as Antonio Harris and Guy Armitage also scored in the first quarter.
Reuben Morgan-Williams and Ifan Phillips threatened a recovery for the Welsh region, but Wasps held them to zero second-half points to go alongside Nizaam Carr’s score to ease to the win.
Man of the Match – Brendan Macken (Wasps)
Playing professionally since 2010, experience is certainly on the shoulders of Macken when it comes to the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
The 26-year-old made the most of it too, scoring his side’s second try of the match with just 11 minutes of the match to put them in the early driving seat.
The centre was to also counter-act any potential late nerves with the last try of the match, 18 minutes from time, securing a vital double in his side’s bid to reach the knockout stages of the competition.
Try of the Match – Brendan Macken (first try)
Having just conceded a try, Ospreys were desperate to get back to parity in the early stages at the Liberty Stadium. But in Macken, they had a rather canny obstacle.
There seemed to be no danger when Ospreys passed along the line, only for Macken to swoop in like a hawk and gain a vital interception for his side.
Not only that, the back then went and scampered 50 yards before sliding his way under the posts in the Wales drizzle in a moment that changed the complexion of the game, even in those early stages.
To add salt into the wound for the hosts, the conversion was also kicked by Connor Eastgate to put his side 12-0 ahead.
Moment of the Match
They say you never forget your first try for a club – so for Nizaam Carr, this will have been a special night.
It came at a pivotal time too, moments after half-time with his team only seven points to the good, safe in the knowledge that the next score was always going to be vital.
But the No.8 – who signed from the Stormers last month – made it his own, picking up from the back of a 5m scrum and bundling his way over the line for his first try in black and gold.
What they said:
Academy manager Jon Pendlebury
“I’m glad I ordered the rain because we seemed to thrive on those conditions out there! Five tries away from home and a bonus-point win, that’s the club’s biggest away win of the season so we’re pleased in there.
“Ospreys definitely came back at us, they tried a few different things and tried to mix up the tempo and a with few crossfield kicks but we were pleased with how we reacted. It’s always going to be difficult in conditions like that, there are going to be errors, dropped balls and a few missed tackles, but we were pleased.
“A lot of players have been given opportunities to play in these last two weeks, whether that was making their debut, increasing their game time or getting themselves back from injury. That was especially important for those guys who will be in contention as we go back into the Premiership and Europe.”
Social media reaction:
— Mark Thornton (@markt0411) November 10, 2017
— Andy Titterrell (@andytitterrell) November 10, 2017
Congrats to @jackswillis7 on his 100% winning record as Wasps captain!
1 from 1 and another impressive display from the young back row this evening! pic.twitter.com/U6j1e4e4dF
— Wasps (@WaspsRugby) November 11, 2017