27th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Wasps well-beaten by Leicester in Premiership Rugby Cup

WASPS suffered a heavy 55-7 defeat against Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Rugby Cup as Olly Hartley crossed for his second try in as many matches on a tough afternoon at the Coventry Building Society Arena.


Hartley provided Wasps only try at the CBS Arena when he dotted down on 73 minutes.


That came after efforts from Kini Murimurivalu, Callum Green and a pair of tries from Guy Porter had put Leicester in complete command.


James Whitcombe scored the Tigers fifth try of the game before a stunning 15-minute hat-trick from Hosea Saumaki completed the eight-try rout.


The result means Wasps have lost both of their cup matches this season and prop up the pool after securing a single losing bonus point in their defeat to Newcastle Falcons.


Scott Barrow’s side made a slow start as Murimurivalu crossed underneath the posts after just two minutes before five points from the boot of Dan Lancaster put the Tigers into a 10-0 lead at the break.


And Leicester would score their second try two minutes after the interval when Green scored a simple try before Porter broke the line and ran through unchallenged on 45 minutes.


The Leicester back dove over in the corner for his second try in the 55th minute before the Tigers scored again three minutes later through Whitmore from a driving lineout.


Wing Saumaki powered over for his side’s sixth try on 66 minutes before Hartley’s try ensured Wasps avoided a whitewash.


Hartley found the line from close range after collecting Dan Eckersley’s pass with Tommy Matthews succesfully adding the extras.


However, Saumaki cut in from the left to score his second try with three minutes left to play before the Tongan completed his hat-trick with the final play of the game as Lancaster’s conversion brought his individual total to 15 points.


Wasps return to Premiership action this week when they host Gloucester Rugby on Friday, November 26 with kick-off at 7:45pm at the CBS Arena.

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