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Solid defensive foundations

Wasps beat Chiefs to move into fifth

Posted Dec 08, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

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A solid defensive display from Wasps saw them climb the table to fifth with a 24-12 win over Exeter Chiefs at Adams Park on Sunday afternoon. The victory puts them to within two points of the top four and maintains the pressure on sides above them such as London Irish who continue to stutter.
This was their second successive display where the splendid defensive effort from the whole Wasps line-up ensured that they got back to the standards they expect. Although they dominated the first half and didn’t have to do much defending for 40 minutes, they knew that the second period would be different and their concentration levels and determination to restrict the Chiefs to penalty points was impressive.
After Dave Walder and Ryan Davis exchanged penalties to leave the hosts with a 9-6 lead, tried either side of the interval for Wasps put them firmly in charge.
Firstly, Ben Foster drove across the line then, after half time, David Lemi went over to put Wasps 15 points ahead. Two Davis penalties lifter the Chiefs but a later kick from Walder ensured the home side ran out victorious.
So what of Exeter? Well they are rooted firmly in mid-table and should be safe for another season in England’s top flight. They have found it tough going against the better sides in the Aviva Premiership but they have the work ethic and some talent to ensure that they don’t slip into a relegation dogfight.
They worked tirelessly on Sunday and ultimately should have got something from the game. They dominated territory and possession in the second half and should have made the most of this and gained at least the losing bonus point but unfortunately for them, that didn’t happen.
They are continuing to learn and the performances they have produced this season will leave them in good stead for the next campaign. They are learning all the time and 2010-2011 was always going to be a steep learning curve for the Devon side. I’m looking forward to seeing them add some quality and kick on again next season. Their future is certainly rosy.

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