Action between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs. Photo Courtesy/ Planet Rugby.

Wasps qualify for Premiership final after whipping Bristol


Wasps qualified for the Premiership final after whipping Bristol Bears 47-24 in a semi-final match played at Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

They will be eyeing the Seventh Premiership title having returned to final for the first time since 2016/17 season where they lost to Exeter 23-20 after extra time. Their last title came in 2008.

To reach the finals, Joe Launchbury won the a line-out and the ball was channelled to Dan Robson who chipped it towards Bristol posts and  centre Malakai Fekitoa raced on to collect it and score the opening try which Jimmy Gopperth converted for a 7-0.

Gopperth would then add two penalties at the 14th and 19th minute to stretch their lead to 13-0.  Bristol would pull back after 23 minutes of play. After a scrum in Wasps 22, the side won a penalty and a quick start by Nathan Hughes saw him pass to  Luke Morahan, who scored their opening try for the visitors.  Callum Sheedy was unable to add the extras.

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Gopperth once again drilled in the third penalty at the 31st minute. Six minutes later, Bristol lost the ball in a breakdown in Wasps 22 and Thomas Young picked up the loose ball, launched a counter-attack and Jack Willis completed the move for Wasps second try.

In the final half, Willis denied Sheedy a try despite the latter having crossed the line.  Two minutes later,  Bristol were at it again and this time round Harry Thacker touched down while Sheedy had the conversion.

At the 54th minute Gopperth stretched their lead with another penalty before his attempt four minutes later hit the posts. Dan Robson’s quick tap-and-go penalty saw him race and score a try that send Wasps to the 30s.

Zach Kibirige and Matteo Minozzi’s converted tries put the game beyond Bristols but the visitors still fought back and scored twice for 47-24 scoreline.

Wasps will face Exeter or Bath in the final.

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