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Wasps defending proud home record

Thursday 17th December 2020

2:55 pm (GMT)

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Wasps defending proud home record

Dan Robson celebrates a Heineken Champions Cup try against Dragons

Wasps will be defending a proud record against French clubs in the Heineken Champions Cup when they take on Montpellier at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night (20:00 local time) live on BT Sport, beIN SPORTS and Sky Italia.

Wasps have lost just one of their last 13 home games against TOP 14 opposition in the competition, that defeat coming in their most recent such match against Toulouse in December 2018, when they went down 24-16.

Match facts:

  • Wasps and Montpellier have never met before in European competition. Montpellier will be the 16th different French outfit that Wasps have come up against in Europe.
  • Montpellier have lost 16 of their last 17 away games in the Heineken Champions Cup, including their last seven in a row.
  • Wasps made the fewest tackles (71) of any side in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • Wasps’ Dan Robson was the only scrum-half on the opening weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup to both score (1) and assist (2) tries, picking up the Heineken Star of the Match for his efforts in the 24-8 win at Dragons.

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Barbeary brace helps Wasps to bonus point win

Friday 18th December 2020

10:19 pm (GMT)

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Barbeary brace helps Wasps to bonus point win

Alfie Barbeary of Wasps scores the first try

Alfie Barbeary bagged two tries and Heineken Star of the Match as Wasps cruised to a 33-14 win over 14-man Montpellier on Friday night in Coventry.

It was an accomplished performance from the No.8 who also helped set up two other tries, with Montpellier playing with a man light for 74 minutes after Henry Immelman was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.

Wasps didn’t capitalise immediately, with both Benoit Paillaugue and Jimmy Gopperth missing chances from the kicking tee.

They landed a first score on 22 minutes when Tom Cruse did well out wide to take Wasps close to the line before Barbeary crashed over the try line following a string of powerful phases.

Wasps had a second soon after Montpellier spilled possession close to the Wasps line, allowing Barbeary to boot away, inadvertently finding Josh Bassett who darted past three French defenders.

Two phases later, the ball reached James Gaskell who picked a hole and strolled home before dotting down.

Montpellier showed plenty of fight and scored the next two tries, either side of half-time. The first was from Alex Lozowski who made the intercept just inside his own half and sprinted away for the try, despite pressure from Zach Kibirige.

The second came from a decent driving maul, winning penalty advantage before finding Yvan Reilhac who darted between a hole and dotted down at the posts.

That seemed to spark Wasps into action as they hit the front again minutes later, with Gopperth finding  Barbeary from the scrum, with the No.8 hitting Paolo Odogwu who sprinted away from the trailing Montpellier men and dotting down at the sticks.

The bonus point was then landed for Wasps as Barbeary got his second of the evening with a typically powerful carry, before Charlie Atkinson added further gloss with the clock in the red, dipping inside his man and scoring at the posts with relative ease.

Round 3 will see the two sides meet again, this time at the GGL Stadium in Montpellier.

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