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Wasps bidding for Agen double

Thursday 9th January 2020

11:29 am (GMT)

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Wasps bidding for Agen double

Wasps flanker Jack Willis breaks clear of the Agen defence during his side's European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 2 win at the Ricoh Arena in November

Wasps, 32-14 winners over Agen in the clubs’ first ever meeting in November in Coventry, will try to complete the double over the French side at Stade Armandie on Saturday.

Agen have lost their last 12 European Rugby Challenge Cup games against English Premiership opponents.

Key facts

  • Wasps have notched just one victory in their last 10 European fixtures.
  • Wasps have not won in France since December 2014.
  • Agen have scored just 33 points and three tries in the Challenge Cup this season, both competition lows.
  • Wasps flanker Jack Willis has won nine turnovers in the Challenge Cup this term, four more than any other player.

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Wonderful Wasps do double over Agen in eleven-try thriller

Saturday 11th January 2020

4:07 pm (GMT)

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Wonderful Wasps do double over Agen in eleven-try thriller

Wasps completed the double over Agen in Pool 3 as they racked up eight tries in a 52-24 triumph at Stade Armandie.

It was their first win in France since December 2014.

It was a whirlwind start as Ashley Johnson crossed after just two minutes to put Wasps ahead, with his effort converted by Lima Sopoaga – but Fernandez Correa struck back almost immediately, with the extras added by Thomas Vincent.

Josh Bassett put the visitors ahead once more after a great surge down the left – but Correa scored again four minutes later, and Sopoaga’s subsequent conversion gave the hosts the lead for the first and only time in the afternoon.

Biyo Alo and Tom Cruse both added tries before half-time thanks to strong work in the maul – with the extras from Sopoaga – although Vincent kicked another penalty to close the gap to 17-26 on the stroke of half-time.

Wasps were quickest off the mark in the second half too, with Jimmy Gopperth scoring twice in seven minutes. Those tries were bisected by Johnson notching his second of the afternoon, benefiting from some fine work from Theo Vukasinovic.

Sam Wolstenhome scored Wasps’ final try of the match just before the hour mark, assisted by Gopperth – but it was the hosts who grabbed the last score, courtesy of Mathieu Lamoulie one minute before time.

Agen have now lost their last 13 Challenge Cup games against English Premiership opponents.

 

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