Wasps 32-25 Leicester Tigers, Ricoh Arena
Kearnan Myall scored the decisive try in the 78th minute as Wasps pulled out a thrilling 32-25 victory over Leicester Tigers in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
George Ford kicked the first points with a third minute penalty and 11 minutes later, Leicester Tigers increased their lead to 10 points when Tom Youngs went past the line and the fly-half added the extras. Things could have turned worse for Wasps had it not been a try saving tackle from Christian Wade on Jonah Holmes.
The breakthrough for Wasps came from Nizaam Carr, who went past three defenders to score his third try in four games for the Ricoh Arena outfit and Jimmy Gopperth converted to bring down the gap to three points.
Dai Young's side soon claimed the lead with Dan Robson crashing past the line from a close-range ruck and Gopperth slotted the conversion while Elliot Daly kicked a long-range penalty to take the scoreline to 17-10 at half time.
Ford's kicking was a concern for the visitors as he hit the post after Juan de Jongh was penalised for a deliberate knock-on and missed the conversion when Holmes scored their second try in the 50th minute. Nevertheless, he did manage to convert the second of Holmes' try that came six minutes later to take Leicester to a five point lead.
Gopperth hit back with a penalty on the hour mark before Willie le Roux sent Daly racing to the corner, handing Wasps a 25-22 lead. Ford struck his second penalty to level the game 10 minutes from time to set up a tense finish.
With all three results possible and the final five minutes got underway, it needed a special effort from Myall to help Wasps complete a bonus point victory that has taken them past the Leicester Tigers to the fifth position.
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