Wasps complete Italian job
October 20, 2012
London Welsh's Joe Ajuwa goes over © Getty Images
Wasps recorded their second bonus point win in as many games scoring nine tries against Mogliano en route to their 59-12 victory.
Dai Young's men were 35-5 up at half-time with T.Rhys Thomas, Jonathan Poff, skipper Hugo Southwell, Christian Wade and Italy's Andrea Masi all going over. The Italian side had shown some heart with Federico Maso's 28th minute score but it was not enough to cause Wasps much trouble with the Aviva Premiership team going into the break 30 points to the good. And in the second-half Wasps piled more misery on the Italian team with Wade grabbing a second score along with other tries from Ashley Johnson, Tim Payne and Joe Launchbury.
Elsewhere in Pool 3, the Dragons slipped to their second tournament defeat on Saturday night, when old foe Mike Phillips and Bayonne snatched a 22-19 victory at Rodney Parade. Flanker Tom Brown put the hosts into an early lead, with Wales international Tom Prydie converting before landing three first-half penalties, but Bayonne struck back as former Wallaby Mark Chisholm crashed over. Benjamin Boyet kept pace with Prydie to leave the sides level at the break and the Bayonne outside-half had the better of the second period, slotting two further kicks to Prydie's one to seal a narrow win.
And elsewhere on Saturday, London Welsh bounced back from their hammering at the hands of Stade Francais last week and edged Cavalieri Prato 32-31 .
The Exiles stormed into an 18-3 lead thanks to scores from Dan George and Joe Ajuwa along with eight points from Gordon Ross. But on the dot of half-time, Denis Majstorovic went over for the home side to make it 18-10 to Welsh at the break.
Ajuwa crossed in the 46th minute but after that, it was all Cavalieri. Alex Davies and Ross kept the scoreboard ticking over for the away side but it was the Italians who were scoring the tries. Billy Ngawini, Niccolo Tempestini and Giacomo Bernini all crossed for Prato but it was Davies' late penalty for London Welsh that gave them the win.
Stade Francais moved top of Pool 4 with a narrow 25-23 victory over Grenoble.
Having hammered the Exiles last time out, Stade picked up their second victory thanks to a try from hooker Remy Bonfils and the kicking exploits of their backline.
Julien Dupuy and Felipe Contepomi shared five penalties and a conversion between them, while Nicolas Bezy and Jules Plisson both slotted drop-goals. Nicolas Laharrague proved to be Grenoble's sharpest weapon - kicking five penalties and the conversion to Mathieu Nicolas' late try.
London Irish racked up their second big win in as many weeks, running in 11 tries as they routed Mont de Marsan 69-26 at the Madejski.
Fullback Anthony Watson and winger Topsy Ojo led the way with braces, while Jamie Gibson, Bryn Evans, Ian Humphreys, Halani 'Aulika, Jonathan Jospeh, Sailosi Tagicakibau and Jack Moates also crossed.
Mont de Marsan managed two tries of their own, to tight-head Mathieu Giudicelli and replacement Vickus Liebenberg, while Thibault Duvallet kicked both conversions and four penalties.
Also in Pool 1, Gloucester picked up their second victory of the European campaign and with it a bonus point following a comfortable victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Kingsholm. The home side ran in four first half tries to put the game beyond the visitors with Will James, Billy Twelvetrees and Charlie Sharples (2) all touching down, while two Nicolas Sanchez penalties and a late converted score by Gauthier Gibouin ensured the visitors were not embarrassed.
In Pool 2, Worcester Warriors made short work of Rovigo on Saturday, stopping just short of a century in a 90-3 victory at Sixways.
Samoa winger David Lemi did his share of the damage with four tries, while Andy Short coasted in for a hat-trick. Fly-half Joe Carlisle and flanker Matt Kvesic were both on hand with doubles, and scores from Errie Claassens, Sam Betty and Craig Gillies completed the rout. In the Pool's other game, Perpignan hammered Bizkaia Gernika 90-12. Winger Adrien Plante was at the heart of their efforts, crossing five times.
Francois Louw's late try clinched a dramatic late win for Bath in their Pool B clash against Agen at the Stade Armandie on Thursday. Raphael Lagarde's late penalty looked to have won it for the home side, but Louw crossed the line in the 79th minute to put Bath back in front and Stephen Donald's conversion added the gloss to the scoreline.
The visitors fell behind in the third minute when Benjamin Petre scored a try for Agen and the accurate Lagarde converted. Donald and Lagarde exchanged penalties as Agen extended their lead to 10-3, but Michael Claassens scored a crucial try for Bath just before half-time to make it 10-8 to the French side at the interval. Another Lagarde penalty extended Agen's lead at the start of the second period before Kyle Eastmond crossed for Bath's second try to level the score and Donald's conversion nudged Bath in front for the first time.
Lagarde restored Agen's advantage and, although Donald crossed for Bath in the 54th minute, he missed the conversion and it threatened to cost Bath dear when Lagarde pulled Agen back within a point. Lagarde's 71st-minute penalty gave the hosts a 22-20 advantage which looked like being enough until Louw's late strike maintained Bath's 100% start to the group. Elsewhere in Bath's pool, Bucuresti smashed Calvisano 42-27 in Romania with the home side grabbing six tries.
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