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Aviva Premiership: Tom Varndell scores the only try as London Wasps beat Leicester
Tom Varndell notched the only try against his former club as London Wasps secured a tense 14-12 victory over Leicester.
Varndell, the Aviva Premiership's leading tryscorer, struck with his eighth touchdown of the season after only three minutes as Wasps maintained their unbeaten record in all competitions at Adams Park this season.
Nick Robinson also landed a first half penalty and Lee Thomas came off the bench at half-time to kick two penalties for the hosts, while fly-half George Ford replied with four penalties for the Tigers.
The result sees Wasps climb to eighth in the table, while the Tigers stay fifth after going into the match needing an 11-point win to go top and depose leaders Harlequins.
Wasps were rewarded for their bold attacking approach, with Varndell finishing a slick threequarter passing move by taking a pass from centre Elliot Daly and bursting through Mathew Tait's tackle to dive over in the left-hand corner.
Only a last-ditch tackle by winger Niall Morris denied Wasps' other winger Christian Wade - second in the Premiership try-scoring list - his sixth league try of the season. The 21-year-old hot prospect showed tremendous footwork, racing past six players on a brilliant run from the halfway line before being hauled down a metre from the line.
The early pressure continued to pay off with Leicester conceding a penalty, kicked by Robinson who had failed to convert Varndell's try from the touchline.
But it was cancelled out by Ford, who opened Leicester's account with a 40-metre penalty five minutes later. He then cut the deficit to two points in the 34th minute when he landed his second penalty after Wasps were penalised for not rolling away from the tackle.
Three minutes later Ford missed the chance to kick Leicester ahead when his third penalty attempt drifted wide. But he made amends, kicking the visitors into the lead three minutes into the second half following a Wasps scrum infringement.
Varndell crossed again in the 48th minute but was denied a second try when the final pass from full-back Hugo Southwell was ruled forward by the TMO following an excellent build-up by Robinson and Daly.
Thomas, a half-time replacement for Chris Bell in the centre, took over the kicking duties to land the 52nd minute penalty which put Wasps back in front and seven minutes later increased the lead with his second penalty from 40 metres.
It was cancelled out within two minutes by Ford's fourth penalty, which reduced the gap to two points but the Tigers could not add to their score as Wasps held on to secure victory.
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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