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.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.