2005-12-11 17:15:00 UTC
gone either way, although Wasps were well beaten in the end, but
Leicester, despite going in 6-12 down and definitely second best, made
the match safe with superb forward play and a kicking masterclass from
Scarlets went in at half time 3-6 down after completely dominating the
first half - to the extent that Wasps did not once get into the
Scarlets' 22 - but failed to capitalise on their possession in what
proved to be a breathless, exciting, but scrappy forty minutes.
The first try was a poacher's score by Dafydd James when he picked up a
loose pass by the normally immaculate Alex King. The second a scorcher
by Mark Jones, who must feature in Mike Ruddock's plans if he remains
injury free. Wasps got what proved to be a consolation by Tom Rees, who
is a big name for England in my view, but with a name like that, we may
well snap him up if he has an aunty who ate cawl once.
For the statos, James's try put him joint top try scorer in the
Scarlets were well worth their win, although Wasps looked like they
might nick it at 15-13, but Scarlet eased their way through the last
quarter and go to High Wycombe with good heart and hope that they can
get something out the game.
At Welford Road, we had the proverbial game of two halves. The Ospreys
were worth their first half lead, and Leicester were lucky to go into
the second half with 15 men on the pitch after some over-enthusiastic
tap dancing on Henson's head should have led to a red card.
Talking of whom, Henson had a steady if unspectacular comeback. He
missed a couple of kicks, made a superb inside pass to Parker after
drawing the defence and for some inexplicable reason chose to run into
Smith rather than go for the line after making a clean break. He tackled
well and generally played his part.
Leicester came out after the break a team transformed and denied the
Ospreys any ball whatsoever with a superb forward display. They shut the
visitors out completely and had a deserved victory with an effective and
professional showing. The highlight of the afternoon was seeing Healey
getting a pushover try, one which he will no doubt be showing to
forwards for ever more, just so they know how it's done.
All in all a great afternoon of rugby.
Scarlets 21-13 Wasps
Leicester 30-12 Ospreys