Wasps back to winning ways
Wasps opened their Heineken Cup campaign with an emphatic 25-11 victory over Pool 2 rivals Castres at Adams Park.
By Simon Dilger
Last Updated: 12/10/08 6:58pm
Wasps opened their Heineken Cup campaign with an emphatic 25-11 victory over Pool 2 rivals Castres at Adams Park on Sunday.
The hosts ran in three tries courtesy of Paul Sackey, Tom Voyce and Josh Lewsey while Danny Cipriani added 10 points with the boot.
After suffering five defeats from their opening six matches of the season the Londoners showed much more purpose and had pretty much wrapped up the game inside the first 22 minutes.
They raced into a 17-0 lead, first through Sackey, who collected a Riki Flutey grubber in the eighth minute and side-stepped opposing winger Rafael Carballo before fending off three defenders to barge over.
Cipriani added the extras and a short time later struck three more from a penalty to take the score to 10-0.
The fly-half saw his second penalty attempt rebound off the post but then Voyce bounced out of a tackle, spun clear and dived under the posts.
Castres notched up their first points through a penalty from fly-half Cameron McIntyre but then lost Darron Nell to the sin bin.
The home team, however, were unable to capitalise on the man advantage, settling instead for a Cipriani penalty to take them into half time with a 20-3 lead.
McIntrye pulled three back soon after the restart but then Ciipriani linked up with midweek sparring partner Josh Lewsey to put the game firmly out of reach of the French side.
Cipriani chipped forward and then stripped Castres full-back Thomas Bouquie of the ball before sending Lewsey clear down the right wing.
In the aftermath of the try the pair laughed off Tuesday's training ground bust-up by staging a shadow-boxing show before embracing.
Castres enjoyed their best passage of play with the match already gone and only the vaguest hope of a bonus point to play for.
A poor Wasps line-out gave them the opportunity to surge downfield and as they pressed Lewsey was sin-binned for killing the ball on his own line.
Eventually, French lock Lionel Nallet plunged over for a consolation try but the conversion was missed and Wasps ensured they did not concede a losing bonus point.