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Match Report: Wasps 49 Gloucester Rugby 24

23 Dec 2017
Match Report: Wasps 49 Gloucester Rugby 24

Wasps gave their fans something to cheer with a demolition job on Gloucester Rugby in the second half to record a seventh win of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

After missing his first attempt, Danny Cipriani kicked his next eight and orchestrated the Wasps back line with aplomb as they outscored Gloucester by six tries to four.

The loss prevented the Cherry and Whites from winning their sixth Aviva Premiership Rugby match on the spin for the first time in 14 years – and they were on the back foot from the outset.

After a period of early domination Gloucester looked to have weathered the Wasps storm, but a scrum in front of the posts saw the ball flung to the left flank where a dummy from Willie Le Roux threw Charlie Sharples and created space for the South African to sneak in at the corner – Cipriani missing the conversion.

The visitors were level five minutes later, though, with a break from Billy Twelvetrees setting up a strong position five yards out, a platform Willi Heinz used to dart round on the blind side and over for the score – Twelvetrees converting.

Christian Wade thought he had a sixth of the season before 25 minutes were up, but a superb wrap tackle from Ollie Thorley held the Wasps flyer up inside the in-goal area.

And Wasps were made to pay minutes later as Le Roux missed a tackle on Thorley before the wing popped up a pass for Mark Atkinson to streak over – Twelvetrees missing the conversion before a Cipriani penalty brought Wasps back within four.

The home side then went ahead with five minutes remaining of the 40 as Cipriani and Le Roux combined to put Wade in at the right corner – the fly-half adding the extras.

But the first-half action was not done there as Heinz found Billy Burns from the bottom of a ruck, before the fly-half fed Tom Marshall to finish in the right corner – Twelvetrees again wayward with the boot.

Trailing by two at the break, Wasps retook the lead ten minutes into the second half as they turned the ball over in their own 22 with Kyle Eastmond feeding Le Roux, who broke clear before offloading to Thomas Young and the flanker showed a blistering turn of speed to run it home from 60 yards – Cipriani converting before adding a second penalty to go eight ahead.

A third Cipriani penalty on the hour mark gave Wasps the biggest lead of the match, prompting a triple change from Gloucester.

It made no difference, though, as Guy Thompson got the bonus point try for Wasps in the right corner, crossing after more fine work from Le Roux and Cipriani – the fly-half again converting.

Gloucester did get their try bonus as Freddie Clarke rolled over in the 74th minute – Twelvetrees converting – but Dan Robson cancelled that out two minutes later with another Cipriani-converted effort.

And there was still time for it to get worse for Gloucester, as Wade collected their restart and raced 60 yards to get his second of the game – Cipriani metronomic from the tee.