The Ricoh Arena match ends 25-27: comeback in the second half for the French
Wasps eliminated from the Champions Cup at the hands of Clermont – AFP
After a first day of the Champions League that saw Varney and Polledri’s Gloucester (neither of them were on the field, however) defeated by La Rochelle, Wasps and Clermont are the protagonists of the first meeting on Saturday afternoon.
A game from which a great show was expected but which, despite a fair number of goals, disappointed expectations a little: many mistakes, in fact, characterized the game, especially in the first half.
The match opened with the marking of Paolo Odogwu after just 5 ′: the center has finalized an action that began with a charge from fellow departmental Le Bourgeois, able to break the tackle of Camille Lopez, who will then be forced to leave after the impact for an HIA.
For the Wasps things seem to be going well when Matteo Minozzi enchants with a perfect counterattack that overcomes the defensive wall, overcomes the extreme opponent with a football to climb over and flies towards the goal, only to lose the ball in the act of crushing.
An error that induces the reaction of Clermont, able to score first with Bezy on Penaud’s break and then with a great run by the powerful Fijian prop Peni Ravai.
The home team returns as protagonists in the second half of the first fraction, scoring with Bassett and then twice from the pitch with Umaga to go to rest on 20-14.
The recovery sees a Clermont who immediately tries to impose himself, but who collects only 3 points from his offensive, while the Wasps manage to score with the prop Harris in what is basically the only foray into the opposing half of the field.
The 25-17 holds up for a long time for the home team, who seem able to bring victory from their side. Thirteen from the end Lopez, having returned to lead his team, puts another 3 points between the posts to take his team over the break.
Indiscipline punishes the Wasps: the Gialloneri seem perfectly capable of stemming the French offensive, but grants free kicks soft that allow opponents to go up the field. In the 83rd minute, following a very long offensive action where the defense of the Wasps gave everything even if exhausted, Kotaro Matsushima found the space to score the equalizer. Lopez’s transformation allows for overtaking.
A sensational mockery for the Wasps, who paid not only a certain amount of indiscipline but also a decidedly shorter and less qualitative bench than that of their opponents.
Clermont therefore proceeds towards the quarter-finals: great performances by Peni Ravai (if he fixes the closed scrum, he can become one of the best left-handed in the world), Fritz Lee and Damian Penaud.
Wasps: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Paolo Odogwu, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Michael Le Bourgeois, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Gaskell, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ben Harris
Available: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Jack Owlett, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Sione Vailanu, 20 Tom Willis, 21 Sam Wolstenholme, 22 Jimmy Gopperth, 23 Zach Kibirige
Mete: Odogwu (5), Bassett (23), Harris (54)
Transformations: Umaga (5, 23)
Free kicks: Umaga (39, 40)
Clermont: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 George Moala, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez (c), 9 Sébastien Bézy, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Fischer, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Jedrasiak , 3 Cristian Ojovan, 2 Adrien Pélissié, 1 Peni Ravai
Available: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Daniel Bibi Biziwu, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Thibaud Lanen, 20 Peceli Yato, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Peter Betham
Targets: Bezy (11), Ravai (17), Matsushima (80)
Transformations: Nanai-Williams (12), Lopez (17, 80)
Free kicks: Lopez (52, 67)
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