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Wasps end winless run with victory over fit London Irish

Hooker Dan Frost scored two tries as the Wasps got a much needed 38-30 against the fit London Irish in the Gallagher Premiership.

That ended a six-game losing streak in all competitions for the injury-stricken home side as they moved up to eighth place in the standings.

It was the Exiles’ first loss in seven games, but they fully contributed to the entertainment of CBS Arena with Frost’s counterpart Agustin Creevy scoring two of their five tries.

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The Wasps were forced into a late change due to an injury to Tom Willis, with Thomas Young entering the openside flanker, meaning Brad Shields and Alfie Barbeary went blind and No.8 respectively.

The London Irish led after five minutes thanks to a penalty from Paddy Jackson from just under 40 yards, but the Wasps responded with a superb opening try.

Jacob Umaga’s pass sent Ali Crossdale into a hole before the full-back gave it to Luke Mehson in charge, who returned the ball to Crossdale to slide roughly into the corner, with Jimmy Gopperth in converting.

The hosts struck for the second time after 18 minutes when Umaga’s kick ricocheted in the path of Frost, who hacked before rallying to score.

The Exiles quickly pulled out an unconverted try when Kyle Rowe’s offload knocked Ollie Hassell-Collins away and the wide winger ignored Umaga’s tackle as he forced his way out of the way.

Gopperth extended the Wasps lead to 17-8 with a penalty from in front of the posts before Barbeary added a third try for the hosts as he smashed a maul to force his way to the right.

That was quickly canceled, however, when Lucio Cinti’s pass saw Creevy dive for his 10th try of the season.

Gopperth then netted another penalty before Creevy scored again in the last game of the first half, as he was knocked down by his field following a lineout to bring the score 25-18 to the Wasps at halftime.

It was the hosts who struck first in the second half and it was their turn to register a pushover try, with Frost the ball on the ground to claim his second and secure the Wasps their bonus try point. .

Gopperth then sent in his third penalty to take the Wasps lead to 17 points before Creevy’s replacement Tadgh McElroy slipped into the back of another driving maul to give the Irish their tryout bonus.

Another Gopperth penalty with 10 minutes remaining kept the Wasps quiet in the finals, although they had Umaga sent off for his shoulder in contact with Hassell-Collins’ header two minutes from time. .

In the little time that remained, a big overlap led Ben White to pass what was a consolation score for the visitors.

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