Wasps 23-3 Gloucester: Wade touches down as Wasps beat Gloucester
Wasps comfortably overcame Gloucester 23-3 in Sundays single Aviva Premiership clash at the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry-based side led 16-0 at half-time thanks to a try from Christian Wade
David Halaifonua sent off five minutes after the restart
Penalty try for the hosts sealed the win
Wasps Lorenzo Cittadini also dismissed late on for punching Billy Twelvetrees
David Halaifonua was sent off for Gloucester as they were convincingly beaten by Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
Elliot Daly delivered Wasps the lead with the first kick at goal, striking the ball between the posts from beyond the half way line after three minutes, 3-0.
The hosts then opened the try scoring when wing Christian Wade finished off a slick team move for his first try of the season after 19 minutes. Some great combination play between Daly, Charles Pitau and Wade ended with the speedster using his blistering pace to touch down between the posts. Ruaridh Jackson added the simple conversion to give Wasps a 10-point lead.
Daly added another six points for Wasps from the tee before half-time, striking two more spectacular penalties from long-range, 16-0.
This was the first time Gloucester had failed to score a point in the first half of a Premiership game since against Sale Sharks back in October 2011.
And problems continued to grow for the Cherry and Whites after the restart when David Halaifonua was sent off after just five minutes for a high and late tackle on Bradley Davies.
Gloucester though did finally get on the board a minute later with Greig Laidlaw sending over a penalty for the visitors, 16-3.
However, Wasps extended their lead further when they scored their second try of the game after 52 minutes. This time it was a penalty, which was awarded after the hosts superb driving maul, marshaled by George Smith, reached the Gloucester try line before being illegally collapsed. And Daly kicked the conversion to extend their lead to 20-points.
Wasps tighthead Lorenzo Cittadini was the sent off after replays showed his fist had caught Gloucester captain Billy Twelvetrees around the throat as the pair wrestled for possession. The hots though held on to secure their second win of the season.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Wasps: Elliot Daly
Wasps: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ben Jacobs, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 George Smith, 6 James Haskell (c), 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau.
Gloucester: 15 Charlie Sharples, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Billy Twelvetrees (c), 12 James Hook, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Ross Moriarty, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Purdy, 23 Rob Cook
Date: Sunday, November 8
Venue: Ricoh Arena
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Darren Gamage, Robin Goodliffe
TMO: David Sainsbury