Cherry and Whites made to setle for bonus-points
Gloucester miss out
Wasps 33 Gloucester 29
Adams Park, High Wycombe - Sunday 17 February, 2013
Pricey's Piece -
I don’t like Adams Park and I was bemoaning the early 1pm kick off but despite the defeat I enjoyed the game. Gloucester’s first try came from Dan Robson who gratefully received the pass from Akapussi Qera who broke off a maul with pace and aggression.
Robson was able to canter under the posts without a challenge. Mike Tindall crossed from 10/15 metres as a result of a great running line and sweet pass from Ryan Mills. By this stage Gloucester had missed four penalty goal attempts. Cook kicked short at the limit of his range and Mills hit the post from a long range effort from 5 metres inside his own half. The worst two misses were from Cook in the second half; both were straightforward opportunities which he would normally snaffle up with ease but as every player experiences he suffered a bad day.
Wasps first try came from a line out which followed a deep placed penalty kick for the home side. 5 metres out. A well practiced move saw Johnson dive over through a pile of players for the try. Their second came from a Gloucester scrum that lost control of the ball. Wasps back rower Vunipola snatched the ball up, shot off and passed to Christian Wade the Wasps right wing who must be one of the fastest in the league and demonstrated such with a well finished try. The third Wasps try was a sucker punch. The scrum wheeled, Vunipola picked up in the back row and easy peasy crossed the line.
Sharples saw more of the ball than in recent games and used it wisely. Mills looked good at 10. Lokotui returned another strong performance along with James. Gloucester’s back row drew with their Wasps counterparts. A good game where once again Gloucester’s positive spirit of never giving up shone through and perhaps could have won the day.
Gloucester failed to make the most of long periods of possession which allowed them to establish territory but sadly four missed penalties may well have cost them the result.
However no one should be in any doubt that Wasps are once again a good side and they are unbeaten at Adams Park in the Premiership this season.
R Cook (M Thomas, 68),
C Sharples, M Tindall (capt), T Molenaar (H Trinder, 68), J May,
R Mills, D Robson (D Lewis, 65),
N Wood (D Murphy, 67), D Dawidiuk (K Britton, 59), R Harden,
L Lokotui, W James,
T Savage (J Hamilton, 59), A Qera (M Cox, 38), S Kalamafoni. - Unused: Y Thomas.
Tries: Robson, Tindall, Mills, Sharples
Con: Cook (2)
Referee - Andrew Small
Attendance - 6,076