Monday, March 27, 2006

Wasps 28-0 Leeds

Wasps: (14) 28
Tries: Voyce 2, Sackey, Van Gisbergen
Cons: Van Gisbergen 4
Leeds: (0) 0
Leeds' fears of relegation deepened on Sunday after they fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of champions Wasps.

Tom Voyce scored after four minutes to put his side ahead, and Paul Sackey's 20th-minute try extended Wasps' lead.

The Tykes' appeals for a penalty try were rejected when Tom Biggs was fouled, and Simon Shaw's sin-binning and a penalty failed to yield points.

Voyce and Mark van Gisbergen added to Wasps' tally before an injury-time sending-off for Leeds' Richard Parks.

The Tykes are now 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table.

Wasps set the tone early on with a powerful rolling maul disrupting Leeds' defence allowing a simple handling move to put Voyce in at the corner.

Sackey's try midway through the half was also a simple affair, England centre Stuart Abbott provided the scoring pass.

Shaw's cynical foul on Biggs - when the winger was sprinting through to regather his own kick - earned the second row a yellow card, but Leeds' efforts came to nothing when they made a mess of the subsequent catch and drive.

When Wasps were restored to 15 players, Voyce put the result beyond doubt with an interception effort from 40m out after a shocking pass from Tykes full-back Roland de Marigny.

Leeds went close through De Marigny and centre Chris Bell, but Wasps secured the bonus point through Van Gisbergen's late score in the corner.

Frustrations boiled over late on, with Parks' sin-binning for a defensive infringement turning into a red for dissent.

# Wasps flanker Tom Rees was sent to hospital for an X-ray on his left leg after being helped off in the first half.

# Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan:
"There's a lot to play for and I think it will go down to the wire.

"I don't expect anything will be resolved until the last match.

"The control we had for the whole match was pleasing and the defence was outstanding."

# Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies:
"It was a tough day for us. There were a few unforced errors and Wasps capitalised on them.

"We are talking about one of the best teams in England here. Not many teams are going to come here and get any return.

"But the effort was phenomenal and that's what we have to hold on to over the last four games."

Wasps: Van Gisbergen, Sackey, Lewsey, Abbott, Voyce, Staunton, Reddan, Payne, Ward, Bracken, Shaw, R. Birkett, Worsley, Rees, Dallaglio.
Replacements: Erinle for Sackey (22), Brooks for Staunton (62), M. Dawson for Reddan (56), Mackenzie for Bracken (65), Haskell for R. Birkett (40), Ibanez for Worsley (76), Leo for Rees (19).
Sin Bin: Shaw (39).

Leeds: De Marigny, Snyman, Bell, Jones, Biggs, Ross, Marshall, Kerr, Rawlinson, Gerber, Hooper, Palmer, Hyde, Parks, Thomas, Crane.
Replacements: Balshaw for Ross (40), McMillan for Marshall (79), Bulloch for Rawlinson (51), Crane for Hyde (40), Murphy for Crane (70).
Not Used: Shelley, Blackett.

Sin Bin: Parks (78).

Sent Off: Parks (78).

Att: 8,186

Ref: Ashley Rowden (RFU).


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