London Irish 13-17 Wasps, Madejski Stadium
Wasps scored three tries in the second half as they managed to overcome a stiff challenge from London Irish to win their Aviva Premiership encounter 13-17 at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
After the first quarter went without a point, London Irish suffered a setback when Ben Franks was sin-binned but Wasps failed to capitalise on the advantage of having an extra man temporarily. Instead, it was Tommy Bell, who kicked a penalty goal to help London Irish complete the first half with a 3-0 lead.
Wasps continued to attack despite being behind for the most part of the game and it was Alex Lewington, who picked up and scored the opening try in the 51st minute and a conversion from Bell made it 10-0 in favour of the home side.
As things looked tough for Dai Young's men, Ashley Johnson finally managed to provide a breakthrough for Wasps with a 56th minute try that was not converted.
A second penalty from Bell increased London Irish's lead to 13-5 but back to back tries from Josh Bassett and Premiership debutant Nizaam Carr in the 63rd and 66th minutes respectively proved enough to help Wasps complete a four point victory.
The win has taken Wasps to the sixth position in the table while a losing bonus point meant the Exiles are adrift from the 11th placed Worcester Warriors by five points.
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