Wasps claim second position with 49-24 bonus point win over Gloucester

Christian Wade went over for a brace for Wasps
Christian Wade went over for a brace for Wasps

Wasps 49-24 Gloucester Rugby, Ricoh Arena

Wasps have claimed the second position in the ongoing Aviva Premiership following a 49-24 bonus point victory over Gloucester at Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Dai Young's side made a bright start to the game when Jack Willis breached Gloucester's defence to allow Willie le Roux cross over in the 11th minute.

Gloucester's response came through a touchdown from Willi Heinz five minutes later while a conversion from Billy Twelvetrees put the visitors two point clear.

Wasps appeared to have regained the lead when swift off-loads from Le Roux and Kyle Eastmond sent Wade flying down the right flank. The wing looked a certain scorer but brilliant work from Ollie Thorley prevented Wade from touching down.

The two wings were both heavily involved in the next try. A long pass gave Thorley the chance to evade Wade and the Gloucester flyer made substantial ground along the left flank, Wade got back to haul Thorley down but Atkinson was up in support to score.

As the half time was approaching, Christian Wade scored the first of his two tries in the 34th minute while Danny Cipriani slotted a conversion and a penalty on either side but Tom Marshall's try in the 38th minute helped Gloucester head into the second half with a 13-18 lead.

Wasps completed owned the second half as Thomas Young (48'), Guy Thompson (66'), Dan Robson (75') and Wade (77') all scored tries with Cirpriani kicking four conversions and two penalties to take the total to 49 points while Gloucester's only response came from a 73rd minute try from Freddie Clarke that was improved by Twelvetrees as they succumbed to a 25 point defeat.

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