Newcomer’s Exeter promised to be a tough game and they did not disappoint- but it was Wasps that edged in front to take the win in round Six of Allianz Premier 15s.
A hard fought battle in the first half had the teams leaving the field with 14 points a piece and all to play for. But it was in the second that Wasps took the lead first with a penalty then a final try to end the game 14 points to 24.
It was a strong start from Exeter’s defence putting pressure on Wasps from the kick off. It wasn’t until 8 minutes into the game that Wasps took the lead when MacDonald stole the overthrow from Exeter’s line out and ran it over the line. Jones’ bonus points put Wasps ahead by 7 points.
It didn’t take long for Exeter to equalise – after Wasps were penalised and left defending Exeter 5m out – it was their scrum half, Garcia who snuck under Wasps defence and over the line. The teams continued to disrupt each other’s game plans, but it was Exeter who pulled through and again left Wasps defending their line from 5m out and second row, Hunt, found her way through Wasps’ defence to put Exeter out in front.
With minutes left in the half it was Muir who equalised with a wrecking ball try under the posts – Jones’ boot setting the half-time score to 14 point apiece.
Wasps came out strong from the half- earning a penalty from the kick off and opting to kick for the posts – three points from Jones giving them the edge.
Despite the biased score line – the second half was by no means made easy for Wasps. Five minutes into the second half Wasps found themselves defending their try line a man down after a yellow card – but they kept themselves out of trouble not conceding any points.
It was Kildunne who cemented Wasps’ lead with a cheeky chip and chase that saw her running over the line in a one man spectacular – extras again from Jones.
Wasps held out for the final 10 minutes of play and maintained their lead, the game ending with just 10 points between the teams at 14-24.
A special mention from this weekend’s game, as Mitchelson came on to earn her 200th Cap for Wasps FC Ladies – an incredible and hugely honourable achievement and we cannot wait to see more of her this season!