Wasps lose three from three at sevens

Tom Howe scored twice for Wasps in the sevens tournament

Tom Howe scored twice for Wasps in the sevens tournament

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WASPS suffered three defeats from three as they finished bottom of their pool at the JP Morgan sevens tournament on Friday night.

They were swept aside by Saracens in their opening game before suffering a last minute defeat against hosts Northampton Saints.

The evening ended with a third successive defeat for the young Wasps side as they were beaten by Harlequins.

Tom Howe opened the scoring in the curtain raiser against Saracens, who hit back to lead 14-7 at the interval.

Sarries then hit Wasps with a three-try tidal wave after the break as Ian Minjre touched down twice and Nick Hankin once, before captain Ollie Evans scored late on to make the final score 33-12.

Howe again got the scoring underway with a try in the second match against Northampton, with a second score from former USA U20 captain giving the black and golds a 14-7 half time lead.

Saints hit back to take the lead with just four minutes remaining, before George Eastwell picked up an offload in the tackle to touch down and put Wasps back in front.

But there was another sting in the tail as Saints grabbed a last gasp try to snatch a 24-21 victory.

Their final match against Harlequins saw Wasps fall behind and trail 12-7 at the break despite a Piers O'Conor try.

Jack Maslen extended Quins' lead to 19-7 before two converted tries from Tom Chapman tied things up again.

But Joe Merchant sealed things in Harlequins' favour late on as he broke to secure a 26-19 victory.

Wasps Academy Manager Matt Davies said: "There are many positives we can take from the performances tonight, both as a team and individual level, which is very encouraging.

"Many of the lads pulled the Wasps shirt on for the first time and they did the club proud in terms of their application and visible effort shown.

"Undeniably, the biggest lesson to take from the three games, is that when you have the opportunity to win you have got to take it. It is a harsh lesson to learn on a big stage but an important one and one we can build on moving forward."

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