The Aviva Premiership game between Wasps and Bristol ended with a huge win for the Wasps and by virtue of this win the Wasps team is still unbeaten in this championship this season.
The poor Bristol side had nowhere to hide as they were thrashed by an inform Wasps team with a score line of 70-22 at the Ricoh Arena. This was one of the most convincing wins that wasps team has had this season.
The home side had pace as well as power to overcome everything that Bristol put against them. The Wasps were on top of their game right from the start and they soon had four tries within the first 17 minutes of the match. The team went on to score a total of 10 tries in the game. The players that had successful tries for Wasps are: Ashley Johnson, Christian Wade and Elliot Daly (two tries each) and Matt Symons, Jake Cooper, Danny Cipriani and Tommy Taylor were the others with a single try. Jimmy Gopperth was the leading scorer for the Wasps as he amassed a total of 20 points by converting seven and then winning two penalty kicks as well.
The Wasps have won three games out of the three they have played and look to be in top form. This is the kind of form that the team needs when they will be facing the current European and English champions Saracens. The team and its management will be hoping that this form continues and Wasps go places from here. Right from the start of the game on Sunday at Ricoh Arena, Wasps were on top of the game and won an early infringement. The kick was neatly placed in the corner and from the lineout Tommy Taylor went over the line to open the score for Wasps.
The team has plans for developing a training center in their home ground of Coventry City Academy.
There are plans for developing a training center that would be worth seven million in pounds. However there have come by some objections to the plans. The funding is being considered for the Alan Edward Higgs center. The objections are for the plan applications that have been received. The plans are to redevelop a portion of the site that is used by the Academy of Coventry City. The club that belongs to the Premiership has plans to launch a training center along with the Coventry City Council.
The doubts that arise are due to the agreement with Allard Way site that will expire with the Academy in 2017. Facilities that are redeveloped might come into conflict and it might also raise questions as to whether the club will be able to retain its category two status in the Premiership. This also involves the funds that come in from Premier League which are about £500,000 that include different funds for the team. The agreement that the club has with the current venue can only last for seven years.
No other deal can be formed and it definitely cannot include redevelopment plans. There is a clause added by Alan Edwards Higgs Charity organization where it states that no long term arrangement can be made with any entity or organization. However, a short term deal can always be worked out. The Wasps are not alone in wanting a better training center that is looked forward to by most clubs around the world. However, it needs to be in congruence with existing legal agreements and should be for the betterment for the present management and players and for the players in the future.
The Coventry City Council has found itself in the midst of another controversy over its deal for the Ricoh Arena with the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Wasps RUFC following the publication of the club’s latest account, which has revealed debts of nearly £ 22 million.
Moreover, Coventry City Football Club’s accounts have also revealed the perilous position that they are in without a stadium. The football club’s accounts for the for the 2013/14 season had revealed debts of a whopping £ 61 million which have now been converted into shares, leaving the club’s trading company Otium with a debt of nearly £ 9.6 million.
The Wasps, on the other hand, have an outstanding loan of £ 22 million to a holding company based in Malta and to its owner Derek Richardson. This debt is owed by the Wasps RUFC on top of the £ 13.4 million it owes to the Coventry City Council for the ownership of the Arena Coventry Limited.
Questions are already being raised over the ability of the ACL to pay back the loans plus interest to the taxpayer within the stipulated 20 year period which amounts to a staggering £ 1.3 million a year.
ACL recorded losses of £ 400,000 last season when the Wasps had suffered a loss of £ 4 million. The company that holds the Wasps has also taken out loans on future income while attendances for the Ricoh Arena has seen a lift in recent weeks following the free tickets distribution.
According to experts, sports companies get money from three areas – TV money, commercial income and fans and with rugby’s TV deal a lot less lucrative than in football, the Wasps RUFC might find it extremely difficult to keep their end of the bargain when the time to pay is up.
Fortunes are rising for the Wasps both off and on the pitch as they moved to the Ricoh Arena the previous year.
Most would have thought that the giants would not have been able to wake up from the deep slumber had it not been a rising gain in their fortunes. The status which the Wasps are trying to attain is plausible.
The performance of the team along with the other clubs of England has been on the rise. The club has gained six top titles of the domestic flight and two cups of the Europe. The growth has been quite explosive but a controversial one as well. They have doubled their facility in terms of casino, hotel, space for exhibition and a conference hall as well.
Armstrong stated that their prime objective is to bring back the club to its former state of glory but for that growth of finance is equally important which has been progressive so far.
On the basis of revenue, they are the biggest in Europe and share the pride. The stadium is also an arena which will be boosted for the better success. The plan of development is in progress and they do not think that there is any reason why the team cannot be in top four. The plan will be executed quickly and if not in this season then there is next year to usher on. They have to get the silverware anyhow and they have two priorities as of now which are to play and the financial priority.
Success on the pitch is what they are looking for at the moment. Ambitions are giddy but they want to rise up to the occasion at all times. The salary cap in all probability will be retained by the Wasps according to the spokesman.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club player Owen Williams has refused to divulge any detail about whether he had actually spoken to Warren Gatland, the coach of the Wales Rugby Team about his future with the national team after putting pen to paper on a new contract with the record Aviva Premiership champions.
Williams did admit that the adrenaline rush of walking out on to the field in front of 20,000 fans screaming their lungs out was too good a rush to throw away and it was the main reason for him signing a contract with the club.
But he mentioned that he remains hopeful of earning a recall to the Wales setup after turning down a contract offer from the Scarlets as well as the possibility of securing the controversial national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Gatland is set to announce the Wales Rugby Team squad for the Six Nations Championship shortly and Williams, still uncapped, is pushing for a place in the side.
He has a lot of competition ahead of him but he is not one to back away from a battle to secure his position in the team. He said that he would love to play for Wales but he will have to wait and see.
He was asked if he had any regrets about his decision of staying with the twice European champions to whom he said that he is very pleased to have re-signed his contract with the Tigers and he is looking forward to spending a long time at Welford Road.
Owen Williams said that he made an informed decision and has no regrets whatsoever but he would also love the chance to represent the Wales Rugby Team in the future and hopes to be given that opportunity soon enough.
The Wasps Rugby Club has reported that they are expecting a crowd of around 27000 spectators in the first game they play in home grounds on Sunday in Coventry. The Premiership team has finally announced that they are moving to the Ricoh Arena from High Wycombe in October.
The attendance of the people wanting to see the match is going to be a record according to the Wasps. Even though the move was controversial, many of the High Wycombe-based fans have commented that they understand the reason behind the move.
The club, in a statement said that this time the match will break any record of crowd attendance for the Aviva Premiership home game. There have been instances of higher crowd gathering than this but never on home grounds. London has seen the most number of spectators and the Wasps saw an instance at Twickenham.
The club said that at Adams Park, the average crowds they see are of around 5000 and so they are more than just happy to see a 27000. They hope that in four more days the number will only increase. The capacity of the Ricoh Arena is 32609.
Andy Goode said that the Wasps are absolutely ready for the opener match at Ricoh Arena. The club says that the sale of tickets that the Coventry saw was due to the rugby madness the people have in their blood or in their DNA.
The statement said that the Coventry Rugby Football Club has extremely rich heritage and over the years, they have enjoyed great success. They are also feeling overwhelmed by the support they got from the local community.
Till date there have been 23500 tickets sold in total and there are 3500 school children have been invited to the match to be played against London Irish. The chief executive of Wasps, Nick Eastwood says that the club is thrilled to have such a crowd.