Sunday, January 03, 2010
A record Guinness Premiership crowd turned out at Twickenham on Boxing Day to watch Wasps achieve a narrow 21-20 victory over rivals Harlequins.
An expectant crowd of 76,617 arrived for the match in the freezing cold, the day after Christmas. Who says rugby is in a bad state at the moment?
Those who did make the trip to the ground were treated to an excellent match as they watched a determined Wasps hold out against a Quins side that were looking to end on a high after a disappointing year.
Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson, regarded by many as the best number nine in England at the moment, dislocated his shoulder and looks set to miss the Six Nations.
He had some joy earlier in the match though, scoring a try to add to John Harts effort and the points kicked by both Danny Cipriani and Dave Walder.
Nick Evans kicked ten points for Harlequins, while another Test prospect at scrum-half, Danny Care, scored a second half try, as did wing David Strettle.
The late try by Strettle, and the subsequent conversion, kept them within one point, but Wasps held on for a great win in front of the massive crowd of supporters.
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