London Wasps took a huge blow in the Aviva Premiership after losing to their rivals at Kingsholm.
Gloucester was in great shape and form as they took on their rivals London Wasp. They played some exceptional rugby to thrash the Wasps heavily in the much awaited fixture.
This embarrassing loss at the hands of their rivals will come as a big shock to the London Wasps. The loss for the London Wasps saw them drop down to the ninth spot in the league table while Gloucester climbed up to the fifth point.
Gloucester made a strong start to the match as they sent Luke Narraway over for the very first try only after the first five minutes. Jonny May then followed suit in the fourteenth minute itself. They dominated the match right from the start and though the London Wasps were in contention, it was Gloucester that always looked more threatening. The Wasps did make a good comeback before the first half finished, but it just was not enough as it was still Gloucester that led the score board nineteen to ten at the break.
Disappointingly for the London Wasps, the second half was completely dominated by Gloucester as they tore their rivals apart by adding another twenty points. After the half time, Freddie Burns kicked a great penalty and then Trinder beat Simpson to touch down thus extending their lead over the rivals to a great seventeen points.
The Wasps were morally beaten right from the start of the second half as they knew that a great comeback just was not in the cards.
The Wasps looked beaten as they knew that a comeback from this point was impossible even though there were thirty minutes still left to play.
Thus having broken down to the rivals, Wasps looked helplessly out of sorts during the remainder of the match. This leaves the fans of Wasps disappointed and asking for more.
Wasps have brought in further reinforcements for their pack with the signing of Namibian second rower, Heinz Koll until the end of the season.
Koll will link up with his compatriot Tinus Du Plessis, who he starred alongside during the recent World Cup.
Koll impressed for Namibia, starting all four of his counties pool games, scoring a try against Wales which showed off his impressive ball carrying and strength. He broke and ran 40 yards with the ball to score against one of the most impressive sides at the tournament.
Wasps have recently been hit by a number of injuries to forwards, specifically to the second row and the signing of Koll will drastically increase their options, providing international experience which will not disappear over the forthcoming Six Nations campaign (Though Wasps will take some of the reflected glory if their players win the tournament – not least because as many as 5 first-teamers are set to star for the Championship favourites according to the Six Nations Betting Odds. He will increase options and even when the squad are at full strength he will provide a new option available to the Wasps.
Despite not being available in any of Wasps remaining Challenge Cup games, Koll will be available for the remainder of their domestic campaign.
With the potentially difficult situation facing Wasps in the league, should Newcastle find a way to reopen the relegation battle, their focus will no doubt have to be on the league and the strength in depth that Koll will help to provide Wasps could prove crucial should they be dragged into a relegation dog fight.
Dai Young, Wasps Director of Rugby said of the signing “Heinz will bring with him a great amount of physicality” he also adds how impressed he was with the Namibian at the World Cup.
Koll himself described the Premiership as “one of the best leagues in the World” and said he was “delighted to get the chance to join Wasps.” On the news of Koll signing, thelatest Rugby betting odds placed Wasps as second-favourites to win the title.
Koll is eager to prove himself as someone who can make an impact and will no doubt be aiming to impress enough to secure a stay beyond the end of the season.