Wanderers Return with a Victory
By David Popper
Back from college, university, remand school the returnees triumph against old foes
"Let's get together in the Xmas break, let's pick up a fixture, let's see if we can get the old team out in Wasps colours again." The idea was simple, the execution tricky with some guys injured, (Bojan, Sam T, Charbel) some in the US (Jae, Weaver), some working (Hugo, Luke) and some swanning around elsewhere (Celton "Mr Dubai" Britolobato , Simeon "Ski Boy" Aldridge, George "Barcelona feeble excuse" Bridgewater, George "still have exams" Dzavaryan But with the help of a few game U18s (Thanks to Tomas, Keith and Ethan) and with Archie Turner, back from the dark side at Sarries, and Greg Dubois also in a Wasps shirt for the first time in 2 years we fielded a respectable squad of 19, away to the old foe in the fog Beaconsfield.
An 80 minute game in dank conditions this was an extremely tight encounter. Despite a lack of match fitness from some and a whole 15 mins of a training run the team gelled extremely quickly, showing that if you do the basics well then you can achieve an awful lot.
With Beaconsfield camped out on our 22 for long periods in the first 20 minutes it needed tenacious defence from Arthur Morgan, Archie "Forgiven Traitor" Turner, Nashn and "the Delargy" to keep the oppo out. Ben "Lacrosse" Bell and Harry "Snog" Davies gradually remembered how to play rugby, however the pressure finally told after Beaconsfield crashed over in front of the posts, missing the conversion! to go 5-0 up.
Wasps rallied from this point playing the game in the opponents half, Greg and Benedict leading the drives, with good support from all the pack. Quick hands from the base of a ruck saw the ball swung wide for Tristan to go over in the left hand corner, 5-5
Both teams pressed but the scored remained 5-5 at the break with Wasps showing excellent defensive qualities in their Red Zone.
After the break the Wasps team seemed to move up gear gaining an ascendancy in both territory and possession. The pack from being rucked off the ball and going back in the scrums turned it around. Guy, Haydn, Keith, Sean and Evan taking it to the oppo and pressing hard in defence. Again Greg and Benedict combined well, snipeing and rampaging in attack to be rewarded with the go-ahead try and a touch down against the posts after 55 minutes. Bull conversion, 12-5 to Wasps.
From that point we had a couple of opportunities to secure the game, wins against the head with Tomas hooking, go forward carries from Ethan and Gautier breaking the gain line with some slinky hips. Beaconsfield defended well and keep us out, but the in the 65th minute disaster struck, an unlucky knock on turning into an interception for the opposition 10 to go in, for an easy score, under the posts, the conversion was managed this time, 12-12 with 15 minutes to play.
Leadership and team work is what saw this Wasps side through, Le Capitan, Guy rallied the pack, Greg upped the pace of play and gained Wasps a penalty 30 metres out, 10 metres in from touch. Duties fell to David "Is that a small hairy dog on your chin" Bull who just shaved the upright to the left. 12-12 still with less than 10 to go. Gathering the 22 drop out Wasps pressed again and were rewarded with another penalty this time a bit closer & a bit more central, "Snipper" Dubois slotted the Kick and Wasps regained the lead 15-12, 5 mins to go
Beaconsfield indiscretions saw them pick up 2 yellows for taking the Player out in the air and a tip tackle, as tempers flared and the handbags came out. Wasps gained a scrum with time up on the clock, the ball was secured and booted into touch, final score Wasps 15 Beaconsfield 12.
Many thanks to our enthusiastic supporters including Bojan "fake injury" Cercaic and Lewis "get back on the pitch" Baldry. The trip back to Wasps with the spoils of victory was a quiet affair that allowed time for intellectual reflection mainly thanks to John "embrassing dad" Hyland. The time back in the club house was spent on breathing exercises and yoga.
Congratulations to all for a hard fought but deserved victory. More at Easter?
Tries Benedict, Tristian
MOTM Benedict White
DOTD Bojan for being injured