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Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

Wasps came from behind to snatch a thrilling 25-24 victory over Exeter Chiefs in their European Champions Cup Quarter Final at the Ricoh Arena. The match ended with high drama, as the hosts’ relentless pressure was rewarded.

Kiwis Frank Halai, Charles Piutau and Jimmy Goperth were the stars of the final quarter, but it took a phenomenal team effort to book them a place in the semi finals.

Exeter had scored three tries, including two from Thomas Waldrom, and looked in command with a 24-11 lead and pressure on the Wasps tryline. But a turnover and a brilliant break from Elliot Daly (see video above) set up an incredible few minutes of rugby, culminating in a try for Halai.

At 24-18 and time just about up, Wasps struck through All Black Piutau, finishing the game with drama as Gopperth needed to slot the kick to win it. He did so without a hitch and Wasps took the victory, sparking victorious scenes while breaking the hearts of Exeter Chiefs fans and players.

Gopperth, who previously played and Leinster, Newcastle, the Hurricanes and the Blues, said that it was possibly the biggest pressure moment of his career.

“Those are the moments you’ve got to nail, and I’ve never had one as big as this. We know we’re a good attacking team, we just had to get the opportunities,” said the 32-year-old.

Skipper James Haskell had been substituted so had to watch from the sideline.

“I had my coat over my face but I had to watch the kick. I’m the last one standing of the old set of Wasps boys, and creating memories with this team is what it’s all about. It’s a wake-up call, we can’t leave things down to the wire,” Haskell said.

Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter was realistic about the fine margins in sport. “Both teams were justified in winning the game, and we’ve made a good Wasps team play very well to beat us.”

The epic Halai try can be viewed at the top, then the winning try and conversion, and if you could like to view and extended highlights video (14:42), you can see that below

credit: rugbyxv


  • danknapp
    8:45 PM 15/04/2016

    Great end to a match. It's a shame those pussies don't play this kind of rugby in the NH. Quinoa.

  • stroudos
    8:23 PM 15/04/2016

    Add to those two Farrell and Ford, and it seems we have quite a strong trend for rugby dynasties in England. I think Will Greenwood's dad Dick played for England as well didn't he? Oh and Bill Beaumont's boy seems to be doing pretty well too!

  • dancarter
    7:10 PM 15/04/2016

    And Jim Mallinder's son Harry has a contract at Northampton. From what I've seen + heard of him, he has earned his contract regardless of who his father is.

  • colombes
    11:45 AM 15/04/2016

    Wasps are clearly the most entertaining side of this cup. The semi vs Saracens will be a cracker. Shame the stadium was half-empty for such a show...

  • jimmy23
    10:14 AM 15/04/2016

    He's quite the handful isn' he? Shame he's Welsh. I don't mean that in a racist way, I mean that in a "I'm not looking forward to the day we have to face him when he has a Wales shirt on" way.

  • stroudos
    9:59 AM 15/04/2016

    I have never heard of Thomas Young, Wasps 20, before. In the first try above, that turnover on the line was outstanding. Then in attack, he sucked in no fewer than FOUR defenders and gave a lovely soft pass for the try. Very impressed. I'll be looking out for him from now on.


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