Wasps’ Last Minute Magic

After a gruelling 80 minutes, Wasps were finally able to secure a victory over french side Toulouse. The final score was 17-14 to Wasps.
The game itself started fantastically, with two great attacks from Wasps. However, neither of these pieces of, full pitch, brilliance allowed Wasps to cross the line in the first half. Toulouse held strong with and they themselves showed a willingness to put the ball through the hands and attack. Although it was a great game of rugby with sustained attack, especially for Toulouse, the score at half-time was 3-0 to Wasps thanks to a penalty from Jimmy Gopperth and two misses from Toulouse’s Doussain.
The second half continued with Toulouse dominating the up front battles with their large and heavy pack. Using this Toulouse were able to bust through the Wasps defence and Huget went down for a try which Doussain was able to convert to make it 3-7.
A minute after this Christain Wade was given a yellow card for taking Cros beyond the horizontal. Wasps luck got worse as Gopperth was unable to slot a penalty 35-metres out. Toulouse then tried to close the game out with a penalty within their own half, but luckily for Wasps, Fickou came up short allowing Wasps space to attack.
Elliot Daly was given a flat ball from Robson, which allowed him to dance around an exhausted Dusautoir, and score a try between the sticks. Gopperth converted to make the game 10-7.
A lost lineout from Wasps allowed Toulouse to attack deep into their 22. In true french style, Toulouse set up a maul which 12 of their players drove over the line where Cipriani was able to hold the ball up. However, the referee questionably awarded a penalty try to Toulouse and gave Cipriani a yellow card for in at the side. This was a strange call as the player had broken away from the maul and therefore it should have been open play.
Everything looked over for Wasps 10-14 down with only 8 minutes left to play.
With a deliberate knock-on from Toulouse and a determined Wasps attack they were 5-metres out. There was then a high tackle on Wade and with some quick thinking with a quick tap from Dan Robson he was able to get over the line and secure a Wasps victory in the dying minutes of the game.
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