It was a busy day in the office for Wasps as they went head to head against DMP Durham Sharks in round four of Allianz Premier 15s. Seventeen tries, three hat-tricks and one Irish debut for Cooney took Wasps to their 105-0 victory over the Northern side.
The visitors got off to a feisty start, turning Wasps over and taking possession from the kick off- former Wasps player, Gordon, making her mark at her former home ground. However, it wasn’t long before last weekend’s debutant, Boatman, scored her first of three to set Wasps off. Boatman’s second came from an impressive kick chase to pick up her own side’s ball and run it through DMP’s defence and the third came just before the half to leave Wasps 57 point up at the half-time whistle.
Player of the Match Kabeya, as nominated by The Women’s Rugby Show, not only showed her flair in defence with numerous turnovers – but also added points of her own to the scoreboard from a driving maul in the 21st minute. Fellow forward, Cooney, who returned to Wasps from Ireland camp, also found her way across the white wash from a driving maul in the second half on her debut for Wasps.
Dow was the third Wasps player to secure a hat trick in yesterday’s game- her second assisted by team mate Muir who cleaned up a rogue line out ball and set Dow up to dart her way through the defense- the boot of Williams adding the bonus’ in one of her 6 successful conversions. It was a good day out for the back three, with Mason also taking two of her own just 3 minutes apart in the 50th and 53rd minute of the game.
Afilaka and Crake, on her first stint in the front row position for Wasps, also contributed to the scoreboard, with an up front try from Afilaka assisted by none other than centre Captain Alder, and an impressive intercept try from Crake who found herself running the ball in from 30m out.
MacDonald also made her mark in yesterday’s game with four tries of her own- two from scrum half and 2 from her speedy stint on the wing. Her final try coming in the last play and the successful conversion from Jones finalising the scoreboard.
A showstopper performance from Wasps which led to their third win of the season- an essential win ahead of next weekend’s London derby against Saracens.