Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club the London Wasps put on a scintillating display of professionalism and discipline as they claimed maximum points from their first match of the Heineken Cup with a commanding 38-25 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons in a Pool Three match at home at Adams Park. Dai Young, the Director of Rugby of the London club, set out with an attacking mentality and their play was just too hot to handle for the Welsh club as The Wasps fully deserved their 4 try victory.
The London side has gone through a lot of changes over the last couple of months with a change of ownership as well as other off field problems, but this performance against a strong side will give the club’s players as well as its fans a lot of hope with regards to the new season that is barely six games old. Dai Young, in particular, is hoping that this win for the London Wasps will give them a lot of confidence when they go into the more difficult matches of the domestic season.
Fabio Staibano, Jack Wallace, Joe Simpson and Billy Vunipola all got their names on the score sheet for The Insects as the 2003 champions started the tournament in style. Not many people had given the Aviva Premiership side much of a chance in the competition, mainly because of their off field distractions but the way they played against a solid side, which is known for its tremendous discipline, is bound to change the mindset of the pundits and their opponents.
Jack Dixon scored a consolation for the Welsh side but the London Wasps managed to hold on and joined Bayonne at the top of the Pool with the top two sides going through into the next round of the competition.