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Match reaction: Wasps 50-28 Leicester Tigers

Match reaction: Wasps 50-28 Leicester Tigers

Rob Miller and Josh Bassett both scored twice as Wasps scored eight tries to beat Leicester 50-28 at the Ricoh Arena.

Leicester went into the game knowing they needed to score 13 tries to guarantee progression in the competition – but they came up against a Wasps side with a point to prove following last week’s heavy defeat by London Irish.

Leicester scored first through Luke Hamilton but tries from Marcus Watson and two from Miller gave Wasps the lead at the break.

Further second half tries from Marcus Garratt, Jacob Umaga and Bassett’s brace gave Wasps a comfortable victory and deny Leicester a place in the semi-finals.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Leicester struggled do deal with Willis’ commanding performance with the ball in hand, with which he combined some forceful carrying with well-timed offloads.

Following last weekend’s heavy defeat by London Irish, Willis’ return to form will be seen as one of the biggest plusses from Wasps.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Rob Miller’s excellent footwork to force his way to the try line for his second score in the opening 25 minutes.

TRY OF THE MATCH

Jacob Umaga brilliantly split the Leicester defence to dart over for a try in the second half to extend his side’s already commanding lead.

WHAT THEY SAID

Wasps coach Lee Blackett said: “We went in at half-time feeling a bit disappointed with the score-line, not the performance, we weren’t too disappointed with our attacking, but we felt we were better than a five-point game.

“So to take a few senior players off second-half and then to kick on and score a few more tries was really pleasing.”

Leicester Tigers coach Geordan Murphy added: “It was pretty poor and we were embarrassed by our performance. Against a quality side like Wasps you cannot afford to make individual errors and every time Wasps got in behind us they were composed and managed to score.

“We did do some good things and created some opportunities, but when we went behind we were chasing the game and Wasps are a dangerous side to do that against.”

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