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Match report: Wasps 24 London Irish 16

04 Mar 2018
Match report: Wasps 24 London Irish 16

A brace from Tom Cruse helped Wasps move into second place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table as Dai Young’s side defeated London Irish 24-16 at the Ricoh Arena.

After Irish’s Greig Tonks was wide with a 40-metre penalty attempt, the visitors also lost hooker David Paice to the sinbin for an obstruction on Guy Thompson.

The home side took full advantage of their temporary numerical superiority to drive Tom Cruse over from a close-range lineout.

Danny Cipriani added the conversion, after which the visitors twice failed to convert field position into points.

Tonks missed with another long-range penalty after the hosts were penalised for dissent, before Wasps worked Thomas Young clear but he was unable to connect with Christian Wade on his left shoulder.

Brendan Macken was then unable to recover his own charge-down a metre from the visitors’ line, which left the hosts with a seven-point interval advantage.

They doubled this nine minutes after the restart when Le Roux’s nice line released Wade. The flying winger was held by the visitors’ scramble defence a metre short, but scrum half Dan Robson dived over for a try which Cipriani upgraded.

Irish got on the board late in the third quarter when replacement Tommy Bell returned a kick 40 metres into the home 22, where Wasps were penalised on the ground leaving Bell with a simple penalty.

The Exiles’ James Marshall then exploited a turnover to break 50 metres from inside his own half and establish the field position from which the visitors eventually drove replacement hooker Dave Porecki over for a try.

Cipriani and Bell traded penalties which left the hosts nervously defending a six-point advantage with ten minutes remaining.

And this was reduced to a single point five minutes from time when Irish’s driving lineout powered Petrus Du Plessis over.

However, Cruse had the last word, which along with Cipriani’s conversion was enough to clinch the win.