London Welsh 15 - 34 Wasps

Match info: Premiership at Kassam Stadium

Date: 29/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Att: 10,045

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

London Welsh

PenaltiesRoss (10, 14, 24, 38, 73)

15
vs
34

Wasps

TriesSimpson (50) Daly (68) Taylor (76) Varndell (80)ConversionsJones (76)PenaltiesRobinson (17, 22, 45) Daly (53)

FT (ht: 12-6)

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 19:05 GMT

Post-match reaction to London Wasps' 34-15 victory over London Welsh.

Joe Simpson: Scored a superb try
Joe Simpson: Scored a superb try

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young lifted the lid on his half-time team talk after his side finally claimed an away win in the Aviva Premiership.

Young's side recorded a 34-15 victory over London Welsh at Oxford's Kassam Stadium, underpinned by four excellent tries and topped off with a bonus point.

It was Wasps' first win on the road in 12 matches stretching back to October 2011.

Scrum-half Joe Simpson stole the show when he scored a brilliant individual try, racing around the back of a lineout and sprinting across the pitch to find a gap. He beat three tacklers before scrambling the touchdown.

That inspired wings Elliot Daly and Tom Varndell plus replacement prop Will Taylor to follow suit with tries that took Wasps from 12-9 down to a 19-point margin of victory.

Fly-half Nicky Robinson kicked three penalties and Daly added another, with Stephen Jones landing the only conversion of the match. All Welsh's points came from the boot of fly-half Gordon Ross with five penalties.

Young was delighted afterwards and said: "The big two messages at half-time was I asked them to be accurate in both attack and defence and muscle up.

"I felt that if we could do that, then we had the X Factor in our team and the added quality that would win us the game.

"But that quality can only win you the game if you underpin it with accuracy and work ethic.

"It was an honest appraisal of where we were in the first half (at the interval). It was not kicking over of glasses or anything because that doesn't get you anywhere. It was certainly that everyone knew that you cannot come here expecting it to happen - you have to make it happen.

"Welsh were right in that game even at 22-15 and, obviously, a fantastic try for Joe and also for Elliot."

As for Simpson, Young said: "He has certainly not let us down this season, and he has been outstanding. His kicking game is as good as any other scrum-half in the Premiership and if you are looking for someone who is going to create something out of nothing, there is nobody better."

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones tried to take positives out of the match but admitted the Exiles fell apart after the break, giving away 'crazy penalties'.

He is hoping to have Welsh international star Gavin Henson back from calf and back injuries next week for the big London derby with Harlequins and has also hinted that Oxford could be the place where Welsh look to base themselves in the future.

Jones said: "We were quite buoyed at half-time and turning around at 12-6 up we knew the first score after that was going to be important. Nicky Robinson put one over (penalty) and then they squirted over for the first try.

"We came back and got within bonus point area but individual errors cost us again as some boys learnt to step up to Premiership level."

As for moving their base from Old Deer Park in Richmond, London, to Oxfordshire, a record crowd of 10,045 told the story, said Jones.

"The future has to be in Oxford, 100%. Lock, stock and two smoking barrels. Today was a great occasion, well supported and a testament to the good work that is being done at the club.

"There is a market here in Oxford and people want the quality of rugby and we need to deliver it. The Richmond area is just saturated with rugby clubs."


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