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Match Report: Harlequins 22 Wasps 44

11 Feb 2018
Match Report: Harlequins 22 Wasps 44

Thomas Young scored two tries as 14-man Wasps produced a stunning display to beat Harlequins at the Stoop.

Kyle Eastmond was red-carded in the first half following tries from Juan de Jongh and Young, and Harlequins surged ahead through efforts for Tim Visser and Aaron Morris.

But Wasps had a sting in the tail and attacked the hosts in the second half.

Willie le Roux, Young, Tom Cruse and Josh Bassett all added tries as the away side moved up to third in the table.

Wasps, sensing an opportunity to close the gap on table-toppers Exeter Chiefs, flew out of the blocks and took the lead within minutes of the kick-off.

De Jongh got the first try of the game after scrum-half Dan Robson burst through and kicked ahead, allowing the South African to touch down after the ball fell kindly in the end zone.

A Marcus Smith penalty reduced the gap but Wasps grabbed a second shortly after when the impressive Youngs stretched to dot down in the corner.

However, any Wasps joy was short-lived when referee Wayne Barnes dismissed Eastmond for a high tackle on Smith.

And Harlequins made them pay as Visser and Morris crossed either side of the break to put them ahead.

The hosts were the major favourites from there but Wasps produced a superb second-half come back with Le Roux, Youngs, Cruse and Bassett all scoring.

Charlie Matthews also scored for Harlequins but they were unable to get back into the contest and were left to bask in Wasps’ brilliance.