Wasps too good for Gloucester
PREMIERSHIP REPORT: Four tries in a clinical first-half display helped in-form Wasps see off Gloucester 39-22 at the Ricoh Arena.
Jack Willis opened the scoring with an intercept try on six minutes before Dan Robson slotted a drop goal and then Josh Bassett and Jacob Umaga crossed either side of the half hour mark to extend Wasps’ lead to 22-0.
Gloucester hit back in superb style as Tom Marshall and Ollie Thorley went over only for Wasps to score another try with Nizaam Carr dotting down on the stroke of half-time with Jimmy Gopperth’s third successful conversion making it 29-10.
The visitors struck first at the start of the second period as Billy Twelvetrees went in under the posts before Malakai Fekitoa scored Wasps’ fifth try.
Lloyd Evans bagged Gloucester’s bonus-point score on 59 minutes but a Gopperth penalty put the seal on a third successive Premiership victory for Wasps.
Tries: Willis, Bassett, Umaga, Carr, Fekitoa
Cons: Gopperth 4
Tries: Marshall, Thorley, Twelvetrees, Evans
Yellow cards: Malakai Fekitoa (Wasps, 20); Marshall (Gloucester, 39)
Wasps: 15 Lima Sopoaga, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson (captain), 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Jack Willis, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Ben Harris.
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Tom West, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Ben Morris, 21 Will Porter, 22 Sam Spink, 23 Paolo Odogwu.
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Billy Twelvetrees, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Jake Polledri, 5 Franco Mostert (captain), 4 Alex Craig, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Henry Walker, 17 Alex Seville, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Aaron Hinkley, 21 Charlie Chapman, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Tom Seabrook.
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Christophe Ridley & Gareth Holsgrove.
TMO: Trevor Fisher.