Wasps overcome 14-men Leicester Tigers to register 41-35 victory

Josh Bassett was one of the try-scorer for Wasps
Josh Bassett was one of the try-scorer for Wasps

Wasps 41-35 Leicester Tigers, Ricoh Arena

Wasps have managed to return back to winning ways after they saw through 14-men Leicester Tigers in the third round of the Gallagher Premiership in Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

The win has taken Wasps to the fourth position in the table with 10 points while Leicester Tigers are at seventh place with seven points.

Wasps got off to a terrific start when Juan de Jongh scored the opening try in the 10th minute and soon winger Josh Bassett also went over the line in the 15th minute. Fly-half Lima Sopoaga slotted both the conversions as Dai Young's side raced to a 14-0 lead.

The visitors opened their account in the 18th minute when a pass from George Ford was grabbed by Jonny May for a try but his effort was negated when Nathan Hughes touched down in the 22nd minute as Wasps maintained their 14-point lead.

A double penalty kick from Ford brought the gap down to eight points but Sopoaga with his first three-pointer in the game restored 11-point lead for the home side. As the half-time was approaching, Telusa Veainu handed a major boost to the Tigers with a 37th minute try and Ford's conversion brought the difference to four points.

However, their momentum was severely dented when Will Spencer was red-carded in the 40th minute for a dangerous tackle following which Daly kicked a penalty goal to take Wasps to a seven point lead heading into the break.

Ford with his third penalty goal at the start of the second half reduced the arrears and a sin-bin to Hughes in the 48th minute aided the visitors in their comeback as Sione Kalamafoni strolled past the line as they went on to claim a 25-28 lead.

de Jongh with his second once again put Wasps in front but the Tigers were unwilling to relent under pressure as May responded back with his second try in the game in the 57th minute.

As the final quarter kicked-off, the Tigers had a 32-35 lead but the setback of having a one-player less for the entire second half eventually caught up with them as Sopoaga kicked three penalty goals to complete a 41-35 win for Wasps.

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