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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 3
- 13th Dec 2012
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Adams Park
- Att: 4,040
Amlin Challenge Cup: Wasps take control of Pool 3 with victory over Bayonne
Wasps put themselves firmly on course to reach the knockout stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 30-16 victory over Pool 3 rivals Bayonne.
Elliot Daly scored a try and kicked a long-range penalty while Stephen Jones booted nine points to help the Aviva Premiership side ease into a 17-0 lead at Adams Park.
Yet Bayonne - who had surrendered a 10-0 advantage themselves to draw 13-all against the same opponents the previous weekend - threatened to mount a comeback, a try from Joe Rokocoko helping cut the gap to four points.
In the end, though, Wasps held their nerve under pressure, even with the outstanding Billy Vunipola in the sin-bin, and clinched a sixth straight win at home with a try from Andrea Masi.
Dai Young's side were cruising for almost the entirety of the first half, Jones knocking over three penalties to give them a comfortable cushion before Daly combined with winger Christian Wade to touch down.
The full-back was also involved in another key moment when he was taken out in the air by opposite number Scott Spedding, resulting in the Bayonne man seeing yellow. Daly picked himself up off the turf to slot over the three-pointer from well inside his own half.
However, the visitors suddenly began to warm to the occasion - not easy on a bitterly cold night in Wycombe - when they were down a man. They went in at the break with the much-needed boost of a try when excellent ball retention allowed Rokocoko to brush off Wade and score in the left corner.
Having missed two penalties, Jacques-Louis Potgieter finally found his kicking boots to add the conversion and, when James Haskell was penalised right in front of his posts soon after the restart, the fly-half knocked over three more to cut the gap down to single figures.
Both sides exchanged quick-fire penalties before Potgieter got his team to within four points of their opponents. If the home side were panicking a little at that stage the alarm bells were positively sounding when Vunipola was sin-binned for a shoulder charge that left poor Rokocoko in a heap.
But, just like their opponents, Wasps coped well when down to 14 and, when back to full strength, put the game to bed when centre Masi bulldozed over. Replacement fly-half Nicky Robinson converted and also slotted over a late penalty, meaning Bayonne didn't even return home with a losing bonus point.
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|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Thursday 16th October|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Brive|
|Friday 17th October|
|19:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Bucuresti|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||LOU Rugby vs London Welsh|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble|
|15:00||Zebre vs Oyonnax|
|17:00||Connacht vs La Rochelle|
|19:00||Bayonne vs Exeter|
|19:45||Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Sunday 19th October|
|15:00||London Irish vs Rovigo|
|Thursday 23rd October|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Friday 24th October|
|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|19:30||Brive vs Zebre|
|19:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby|
|Saturday 25th October|
|TBC||Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Bucuresti vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Exeter vs Connacht|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs London Welsh|
|TBC||Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby|
|TBC||Gloucester vs Zebre|
|TBC||Brive vs Oyonnax|
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