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Wasp secure crucial win

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Jimmy Gopperth kicked two second half penalties to help Wasps move to within four points of Exeter in the Premiership after a 13-7 triumph over the Chiefs.

The Midlanders played some excellent rugby on occasions but perhaps didn’t get the reward they deserved. Despite having a number of openings, they only touched down once when Marcus Watson scampered over.

Gopperth then extended their lead in the second period before Luke Cowan-Dickie gave the Chiefs hope going into the final quarter.

Ashley Johnson was also serving time off the field for a yellow card but the hosts handled it well and Gopperth secured the win from the tee.

It extended Exeter’s Premiership losing streak to three as, despite a positive opening where they put the opposition defence under pressure, Wasps deserved their win.

Dai Young’s men created a number of opportunities in the first half, but they could only take one of those when excellent hands out wide sent Watson across the whitewash.

Jonny Hill was sin-binned for a tip-tackle on Willie le Roux in the build up to that try and the West Countrymen were put under further duress.

Rob Baxter’s team almost responded through Will Chudley, when the Chiefs broke away after a turnover inside their own 22, but that was the closest they got before the break.

Wasps duly held a seven-point buffer going into the interval and they were on the front foot at the start of the final 40 minutes, but the Chiefs’ defence was much more resilient.

The departure of Danny Cipriani to injury also helped their cause and a Gopperth three-pointer was the hosts’ only reward for their pressure.

Young’s men then suffered further concerns when Watson and Alex Rieder went off injured before Johnson was sin-binned for a swinging arm into Don Armand.

With the Coventry-based outfit down to 14, Exeter benefited immediately and Cowan-Dickie set up a tense finale.

Wasps controlled matters, however, and Gopperth’s three-pointer helped them to secure the win.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Try: Watson
Con: Cipriani
Pens: Gopperth 2
Yellow Card: Johnson

For Exeter:
Try: Cowan-Dickie
Con: Steenson
Yellow Card: Hill

Round 15 results:

Wasps 13 Exeter Chiefs 7
Newcastle Falcons 29 Bath 12
Sale Sharks 3 Saracens 13
Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 18
Northampton Saints 25 London Irish 17
Worcester Warriors 25 Gloucester 15

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  1. Thank you Bunny.
    Couldn’t watch the game due to jealous euro types refusing to allow viewing in the new world.
    I did however scour the news to find that The Messerschmitt – Willie LeRoux sent a scintillating finder pass to the winger Watson to score the game winning try.
    His reward?
    A tip tackle that while resulting in a yellow card for the Exeter hooligan, is an unfortunate reminder that if you want to irreparabley harm the Wasps team……”Get LeRoux!”
    He’s a marked man & no doubt living like a Cold War era spy while not on the pitch.
    Total Loser Alistair Coetzee is toasted often in those boggy parts for allowing the Magic Man Messerschmitt to apply his trade – undistracted – by national duties.
    He puts on a clinic week in & week out, leading that league in assists.
    Swys de Bruin – Lions coach now & Willies coach at Griquas also deserves a lot of thanks from Rugby Union fans everywhere for enabling this destiny.
    Thanks Swys!

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