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Match report: London Irish 66 Wasps 7

27 Jan 2018
Match report: London Irish 66 Wasps 7

A Joe Cokanasiga hat-trick helped London Irish to a comfortable victory over Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Irish went over 10 times against a young Wasps outfit to secure their first victory of the campaign in this competition.

Five first-half dot downs from Alex Lewington, Scott Steele, Cokanasiga, Ollie Hoskins and James Marshall put the game beyond the Wasps outfit at the Madejski Stadium.

Saia Fainga’a, debutant Piet van Zyl, Aseli Tikoirotuma and two more from Cokanasiga in the final 10 minutes gave Irish a confidence-boosting triumph.

It took little over two minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock as in form winger Lewington steamed up the left wing for an easy score.

A driving maul helped double Irish’s advantage as the home side rumbled towards the try line, allowing Steele the simplest of dot downs.

Two tries in the space of five minutes gave Irish their bonus point as first Cokanasiga stormed down the right wing to cross the whitewash before Ollie Hoskins added Irish’s fourth of the afternoon.

Nick Foster had gone over for Wasps but just moments before the half-time whistle, fullback Marshall found space in the left corner to make it 33-7 at the break.

A stubborn Wasps defence held out for 15 minutes in the second period before replacement forward Fainga’a bundled over the try line for Irish’s sixth

Blair Cowan was making 100th appearance for London Irish but it was van Zyl, who making his first appearance for the club, who got the next try, finding a gap sprint across the try line.

And Irish saved their best try until the last 10 minutes as Cokanasiga ran in two further tries to complete his hat-trick, including a superb break from the half-way line.

Tikoirotuma collected a looping pass from Tommy Bell to snipe over as Irish completed a rout over Dai Young’s men.

Attendance:  4,598

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