Best of the Weekend: Wasps Fight Back

Wasps Comeback At The Death

The game of the weekend was undoubtedly on Saturday afternoon at Adams Park.  Wasps fought back from 18-30 down at half time through Dave Walder’s boot and Richard Haughton’s opportunistic score with five minutes to go. Written off by many ahead of the game, including myself, it looks as though at half time Wasps were in for a hiding after the break. But they rallied, no doubt after some harsh words from Shaun Edwards and Tony Hanks.  Much has been spoken about the fact that Wasps are not the force they once were, but it will be interesting to see how they progress after Saturday’s result.

Treviso Stun Leinster

Treviso struck the first blow for Italian sides in this year’s Magners League by stunning Leinster at home. Leinster, without Brian O’Driscoll and Johnny Sexton, were punished by the boot of number 9 Tobias Botes and tries from Luke McLean and Brendan Williams. It’s a big moment for Treviso and Italian rugby, and hopefully will be the first of many wins this season as they look to establish themselves in the competition.

Gloucester’s Remarkable Indiscipline

My first live game of the season was at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and one thing that became apparent was that Gloucester could be in for a very rough ride this season. They conceded 19 penalties in the match, with at least 6 or 7 of these coming at the scrum, where their pack struggled all game. Whilst they scored right at the death, for much of the game their attack was toothless, and there didn’t really look to be any real penetration. Worrying times for coach Bryan Redpath and the Cherry and White fans.

Henson Left With Nowhere To Go

Toby Booth after the match on Sunday night clearly pointed out that there was very little chance of the Welsh centre joining London Irish. Booth stated that having had no contact from Henson there was “a 1% chance” of a deal being done. This means that all the London clubs have publicly ruled themselves out, leaving Henson without any options in his desired destination. Which leaves the question, what does he do now?

Try of the weekend goes to Mark Cueto of Sale. Nick MacLeod, who was excellent with the boot all game for the Sharks, flung a pass out wide to Ben Cohen, who flicked the ball over his head to the on-rushing Cueto. Some great hands capping a great second half comeback by the Sharks.

This weekend’s Hero title was hotly contested, mainly by a few Wasps players. It goes to Riki Flutey, for his outstanding chase and tackle on Thomas Waldrom, stopping the rampaging number eight just short of the line. A huge effort from the England inside centre.

The Villain title certainly had a couple of contenders from Gloucester, their scrum’s persistent indiscretions and Mike Tindall’s blatant pull back on Delon Armitage to name two, but it goes to the unfortunate Geordan Murphy. After nearly 80 long physical minutes, the Leicester captain’s concentration lapsed, and Richard Haughton pounced. No one will come down harder on Murphy than himself, but it certainly cost Leicester a game they should have won.

By Ben Coles (@bennycoles)

5 thoughts on “Best of the Weekend: Wasps Fight Back

  1. Surely not. I can’t believe anyone would sign Henson at the moment, with serious question marks over his commitment and selfish agenda. I used to rate him as a player, but wouldn’t go near him if I was in charge of balancing the squad and the salary cap.

  2. Henson isnt going anywhere.

    simply, hes not fit enough for premiership rugby and would take 3-4 matches, of premiership intensity, to gain that match fitness but since he inst fit enough for premiership matches, hes got a catch 22 problem……..this is why all the clubs play pre season games against other leagues top sides, to get that match fitness, which can be achieved by training alone, however intense that training is.

    so logically, London welsh have suggested that they will let him play there, get some games under his belt and maybe move up to the premiership.

    all very interesting, but frankly ive lost interest in Henson and more interested in the english young lads putting their stamp on the prem.

    Maybe a new post is worthy of that? What does phil dowson have to do to get an england nod?

  3. Jimmymc, couldnt agree more! Dowson is proving himself week in week out. Gotta be worth an EPS inclusion sometime.

    Henson? Yawn. He’d do well to gain some popularity on SCD so that he becomes a bums-on-seats signing aswell as a handy centre whenever he does return to playing. The boy’s got talent, just an annoying amount of noise around him too.

  4. Henson’s got talent, for sure, but I agree with Healey’s analysis on ESPN scrum.com that it’s poor judgment from Henson deciding to go on a TV show aged 28 and thus taking himself out of the game right in his prime.

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