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Match reaction: Wasps 21-35 Gloucester Rugby

Match reaction: Wasps 21-35 Gloucester Rugby

Danny Cipriani showed Wasps what they are missing with a superb display in Gloucester Rugby’s victory at Wasps.

Charlie Sharples scored two tries in the contest, taking his tally for the season to eight, while Ben Vellacott and Lewis Ludlow also scored in the bonus-point win.

It marked Gloucester’s first win three and was a thriller from beginning to end.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Cipriani was a nuisance throughout and carved Wasps open time and again, but Charlie Sharples was the star player – scoring two more tries in a brilliant campaign.

The wing showed blistering pace to run through for his first, picking a clever line on the inside shoulder before outstretching the Wasps rear-guard.

His second came in the second half and was a predatory finish. Is there a wing in better form than him this season?

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

There were many standout moments but surely Charlie Sharples’ second try was the standout piece of play.

Wasps, having trailed at the break, were right back in it thanks to scores from Elliot Daly and Juan de Jongh and they had the momentum heading into the final few minutes.

Step forward Sharples. The wing combined beautifully with Jason Woodward and they put the game beyond the hosts in one fell swoop.

TRY OF THE MATCH

Only one option here and it’s Ben Vellacott’s try in the first half they sparked Gloucester’s win.

Cipriani is not a player the opposition want to see with space in front of him and, even though he was deep inside his own half when the move began, he exploited it here.

The fly-half exchanged neat passes with Vellacott, taking the team up to halfway, before sprinting to the corner.

With the electric Josh Bassett careering back in an attempt to stop Cipriani scoring, the fly-half cleverly kicked back through for Vellacott to pounce.

WHAT THEY SAID

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “We lacked real intensity in everything we did, certainly in the first 30 minutes, I thought that was really poor.

“Obviously we got a bit of a breakaway try pretty much which was down to a bit of individual brilliance rather than a team structure really. But I was really disappointed in certainly our first-half performance – we were a little bit better second half.

“We’ve had two very good results away from home, but I don’t think they were fantastic performances. We rode our luck a little bit in those two games, and that luck is going to go against you at some point.

“Obviously we had a bit of a rallying call at half-time and made all our feelings known at half-time pretty much. And second-half I thought we did respond, we got back to a two-point game with ten minutes to go.

“Fair play to Gloucester, I thought they deserved their win. I thought they were a little bit sharper to everything.

“Certainly, the last two games have taken a lot out of the squad. No excuses, that’s just a fact and we just have to dust ourselves off and get back on the horse next week and show them what we’re made of really.”

Gloucester director of rugby Johan Ackermann: “We showed more composure under pressure but we started poorly and chucked away a lead so the way we responded was the biggest positive.

“Our forwards were good and we nicked a couple of turnovers and at the end Ed Slater and Danny showed good body language to help get us over the line.”

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