• Gallagher Premiership
  • Sunday, September 13th 2020
  • Ricoh Arena
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Ricoh Arena

Posted Sunday, September 13th 2020

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Report: Wasps Rugby 59-35 Bristol Bears

A Bristol Bears side including nine academy graduates fell to defeat at the Ricoh Arena, but a spirited fightback saw Pat Lam’s men pick up a crucial bonus point on the road.

Max Malins’ 18-point haul led the charge for the Bears from fly half, while Piers O’Conor, a penalty try and Peter McCabe’s first try for the club earned a consolation point in the midlands.

Trailing 26-0 after just 19 minutes, Lam’s young charges fought back to score five tries in the Coventry sunshine, with a 73rd-minute penalty try ensuring they wouldn’t go home empty-handed.


What happened?

In a dominant opening quarter, a rampant Wasps racked up the try bonus-point inside 19 minutes at the Ricoh Arena.

Willis pounced inside the first minute after Shields had charged down Cook’s clearance, before Bassett scorched over from first phase to double the advantage.

Cruse was next on the scoresheet from a driving lineout and Rowlands added the fourth from close range as the hosts stormed into a 26-0 lead.

But the Bears hit back with a quick-fire double, inspired by fly half, Max Malins.

The on-loan number ten scythed through the Wasps defence on two occasions, scoring the first and then trading passes with O’Conor to send the centre in.

Wasps had the final say of the opening 40 minutes with Kibirige touching down out wide for a fifth.

Piers O'Conor goes over during the first half (JMPUK)

Wasps began the second half as they had the first, with two quick tries. First Robson finished off another flowing attack, and then the pack took over, earning a penalty try at scrum time to further turn the screw.

The Bears grabbed a third though, as they went in search of the bonus point – Malins zinging pass sending Byrne through the gap and the hooker linked up superbly with the supporting fly half, who coasted in for a second.

Tom Willis powered over for Wasps’ eighth 11 minutes from time, but a powerful driving lineout saw Lam’s men cross for the bonus point try late on, as referee Ian Tempest awarded a penalty try.

Gabriel Oghre scored a ninth for the hosts, but it was the Bears with the final say, as McCabe squeezed over, with Malins’ conversion completing the scoring.


Teams and scorers

Wasps: Tries: J Willis 1, Bassett 6, Cruse 11, Rowlands 19, Kibirige 40, Robson 48, Penalty 53, T Willis 69, Oghre 77. Cons: Gopperth 6, 11, 19, 48, 69. Yellow: Gaskell 73

Bristol Bears: Tries: Malins 30, 59, O’Conor 36, Penalty 73, McCabe 80. Cons: Malins 30, 36, 59, 80


Key moment

It can only be the bonus point try.

After falling behind to four quick Wasps tries, the Bears hit back with five of their own to earn a crucial point.

After Max Malins' second had put the visitors within striking distance, a powerful driving lineout saw referee Ian tempest award a penalty try.


Pat Lam reaction


Man of the match: Max Malins

A sensational display from the fly half, who inspired the Bears comeback with two tries and a quite brilliant assist for Piers O'Conor.

Malins finished with an 18-point haul, kicking four out of four conversions and ensuring the Bears would pick up a crucial bonus point.


Wasps

Tries:
Kibirige, Bassett, Robson, Cruse, Rowlands, Willis, Willis, Oghre
Conversions
Gopperth (6)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
Gaskell

Bristol

Tries:
O'Conor, Malins (2), McCabe
Conversions:
Malins (4)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
  • KO: 12:30PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Ricoh Arena
  • Ref: Ian Tempest

Wasps

  • Matteo Minozzi
  • Zach Kibirige
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Jimmy Gopperth
  • Josh Bassett
  • Jacob Umaga
  • Dan Robson
  • Ben Harris
  • Tom Cruse
  • Kieran Brookes
  • Joe Launchbury
  • Will Rowlands
  • Brad Shields
  • Jack Willis
  • Tom Willis

Substitutes

  • Gabriel Oghre
  • Tom West
  • Jeff Toomaga-Allen
  • James Gaskell
  • Thomas Young
  • Ben Vellacott
  • Ryan Mills
  • Marcus Watson

Bristol

  • Ioan Lloyd
  • Jack Bates
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Alapati Leiua
  • Niyi Adeolokun
  • Max Malins
  • Chris Cook
  • Yann Thomas
  • Will Capon
  • Keiron Assiratti
  • Ed Holmes
  • John Hawkins
  • James Dun
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Jake Heenan

Substitutes

  • Bryan Byrne
  • Peter McCabe
  • John Afoa
  • Joe Joyce
  • Mitch Eadie
  • Tom Kessell
  • Harry Ascherl
  • Charlie Powell

Match Overview

Scorers

Wasps

  • Kibirige
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  • Gopperth
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  • Bassett
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  • Robson
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  • Cruse
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  • Rowlands
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  • Willis
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  • Willis
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  • Oghre

Bristol

  • O'Conor
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  • Malins
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  • McCabe

Yellow Cards

Wasps

  • Gaskell

Line Up

Wasps

  • Minozzi
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  • Kibirige
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  • Fekitoa
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  • Gopperth
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  • Bassett
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  • Umaga
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  • Robson
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  • Harris
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  • Cruse
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  • Brookes
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  • Launchbury
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  • Rowlands
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  • Shields
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  • Willis
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  • Willis
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  • Oghre
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  • West
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  • Toomaga-Allen
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  • Gaskell
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  • Young
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  • Vellacott
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  • Mills
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  • Watson

Bristol

  • Lloyd
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  • Bates
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  • O'Conor
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  • Leiua
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  • Adeolokun
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  • Malins
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  • Cook
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  • Thomas
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  • Capon
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  • Assiratti
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  • Holmes
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  • Hawkins
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  • Dun
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  • Thomas
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  • Heenan
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  • Byrne
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  • McCabe
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  • Afoa
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  • Joyce
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  • Eadie
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  • Kessell
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  • Ascherl
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  • Powell