Wasps back top of development league with win over Richmond
By Sam Rourke
Wasps moved back to the top of the development league with a 32-17 victory over rivals Richmond
Wasps moved back to the top of the development league with a 32-17 victory over rivals Richmond. The visitors ran in six tries in a hugely physical encounter, where they were unable to pull away from Richmond for the majority of the game.
The game started brightly for Wasps with three scores within the first 15 minutes. The first coming from Sammy Graham (Sponsored by European Astrotech) just a minute into the fixture, followed by a mazy run from Makeda Lewis who beat several defenders to give the visitors a 10-0 lead.
Kate Hallett (Sponsored by Inspire Hot Yoga) scored the third, carrying three defenders with her over the line.
However, three first-half yellow cards for Wasps proved costly and allowed the hosts to close the gap with two tries before the break to narrow the score to 15-10.
The second half was a nervy affair with neither side able to establish control. Sammy Graham (Sponsored by European Astrotech) darted over for her second of the game after Wasps turned the ball over deep in Richmond territory.
The pick of the scores came with less than 10 minutes to go in the fixture as Makeda Lewis made a break from inside her own half. Excellent handling from the visitors, including an offload from the floor by Lucy Smith, eventually sent Helena Ironton through to finish the 80m break.
Richmond refused to lie down and moved back to within 8 points shortly afterwards, but Makeda Lewis sealed the win with a score at the death. With her 12th try of the season, her powerful leg drive saw her break a number of tired tacklers to race in and seal a 32-17 victory.
The hard-fought win means Wasps regain top spot in the development league. They will host Darlington Mowden Park Sharks next week before a massive clash with Harlequins at Twyford Avenue.