Tries: Mark Odejobi, Jack Wallace Cons: Eoghan Hickey (2)
Gloucester United Scorers
Tries: Robbie Winchell, Apo Satala
London Wasps Lineups
Gloucester United Lineups
Apo Satala scored the 2nd Gloucester try
Martin Bennett, Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester denied A League win by last minute try
19 January 2010, 10:00 am ::
Gloucester were denied a first A League victory of the season at Imber Court on Monday evening when Jack Wallace's injury time try snatched a 14-10 win for London Wasps.
The score spelled redemption for the young full back who had earlier gifted Gloucester an early try when his cheeky chip ahead from his own 22 was blocked and gathered by Robbie Winchell for the score. Gloucester should have extended their lead on 38 minutes when they set up a huge overlap on the right, but Chris Elder came in from his wing to put in a try saving tackle.
Gloucester were then awarded a penalty, almost in front of the posts, but they turned down the opportunity of three simple points and went for the corner. Lineout possession set up a powerful drive, which forced its way over the line but the ball was not grounded.
The resultant scrum created the momentum for Apo Satala to gather and go over for a try, which Mike Wilcox was again unable to convert.
The second half was a tight affair, with neither side able to set up any real scoring chances. With Hazell showing all his experience at the breakdown to win a series of turnovers,and Wasps unable to capitalise on some good field positions, an away win seemed on the cards.
However, Wasps never gave up and the game suddenly burst into life in the 71st minute when Mark Odejobi, in his new position of openside flanker, blocked a clearance kick just outside the Gloucester 22.
As had happened with the first Gloucester try, the ball ballooned into the air,and Odejobi showed his pace to gather and crash over. Eoghan Hickey's conversion set up an exciting finale.
Wasps now began to produce their best rugby of the night, and one flowing move went almost the length of the field. A minute later, Hickey came within a whisker of a matchwinning try, when he chipped over the defence and was just beaten to the touchdown. It was so close a call that referee Rob Debney consulted his assistant before awarding a 22 drop out.
Not surprisingly, Gloucester opted to kick long, but Wasps ran it back and patiently kept the ball alive through numerous phases, before pressure near the left corner created the chance for Wallace to dart through a gap and snatch a sensational victory.
Hickey's conversion sealed the dramatic comeback, to make the final score 14-10.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).