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  1. Wasps 22-16 Leicester
  2. Wade, Taylor, Robson tries for Wasps
  3. Betham try for Tigers
  4. Mauger in interim charge of Leicester after Cockerill sacking
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By Nathan Middleton

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FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Christian Wade
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That is your lot from us today.

Wasps will sit top of the Premiership for the next month while Leicester sit fifth after that losing bonus-point.

If you have missed anything then you can read the story of the match with Phil Shepka's match report of how Leicester battled back from 19-0 down.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and your weekend.

'Biting our nails'

FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Wasps head coach Dai Young told BT Sport: "We had plenty of opportunities in the first half and created quick ball where we can be devastating.

"We could've put it out of sight in the first half.

"We know what a proud side they are and if you give them a chance they could come back in it.

"I think you have to give them a lot of credit as we were biting our nails at the end really."

'A good response'

FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Leicester interim head coach Aaron Mauger told BT Sport: "I thought it was a good response from the lads but it was a good response after the first 20 minutes.

"I think once we got a sniff we started to control the set-piece and the boys started to believe we could get a result and win the game.

"We could've been smarter control territory early on especially."

FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Nathan Hughes
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So here are the results from round 13 of the Premiership:

  • Newcastle 24-22 Bath
  • Saracens 13-13 Exeter
  • Harlequins 29-26 Sale
  • Northampton 32-26 Bristol
  • Gloucester 55-19 Worcester
  • Wasps 22-16 Leicester

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FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

So, some game that turned into in the end.

Did Wasps take their foot off after the break or were Leicester so good that they stopped the hosts from playing?

Any of your thoughts welcome before we go at #bbcrugby.

Man of the Match

FT: Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Wasps flanker Thomas Young told BT Sport: "The last 10 minutes we didn't help ourself and we didn't play in the right area of the field.

"We got three good tries but then stopped.

"They got quicker ball in the second-half and they came at us hard but we knew they would as we've been speaking about it all in the week.


Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Wasps return to the top of the Premiership but they were made to work very, very hard for that in the second-half.

After 30 minutes they had three tries but Leicester dragged themselves back into it through their forward back and the Aaron Mauger reign begins with a losing bonus-point.

A real slugger of the match in the end, very gripping.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

How many handling errors have Leicester made?

Just as they're on the front foot, making in roads and Peter Betham knocks on a simple ball.

Scrum to Wasps with just over 30 seconds left on the clock.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Leicester are back to 15 men but Wasps win a free-kick from the first scrum that they're up to full numbers.

Danny Cipriani launches a high kick from that offence and Leicester gather it and are back in the Wasps half with the ball - a converted try wins this one remember.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Just when Leicester were making in roads in the Wasps defensive live, George Worth knocks on in the 22.

They run it back from the clearing kick but Will Evans makes a mistake to gift Wasps possession back again.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

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Ed Slater is taken out in the air for Leicester and another penalty allows them to kick even further downfield.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed James Haskell's return lasted all of 35 seconds before his head injury.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

This is a huge moment.

After holding a barrage of abuse from the Wasps forwards, Leicester win a penalty from the scrum and can clear up the line.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Brilliant driving maul, good driving position, they cross the try line but there were enough Leicester bodies in the way for Wasps to be held up.

Another five-metre scrum with a Wasps put in.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Wasps win a penalty from the scrum and immediately kick to touch. Five metre line-out for the hosts.

This could be the game right here.

No try

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Excellent cover work by England U20 flanker Will Evans, but because Leicester carried it over the try line it will be a Wasps scrum from five metres out.

Remember, the Tigers are a man down still with Dan Cole in the bin.

Try review (Bassett)

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

On first viewing, it looks as if a Leicester hand has touched this down first through Will Evans with Josh Bassett putting him under pressure.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Thomas Young with a brilliant offload to send Dan Robson scurrying free down the touchline.

He comes up against Leicester winger Tom Brady who does really well to read it and call the mark as he gathers Robson's kick - very good defensive work that.

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

George Chuter

Former Saracens, Leicester and England hooker on BBC Radio Leicester

"I'm afraid there's no doubt about that (yellow card), it was terribly cynical and quite daft. It will do Wasps a favour as it should even up the scrum battle. Very disappointing decision from a seasoned-international in Dan Cole."

Penalty (Gopperth)

Wasps 22-16 Leicester

Very simply three points for a kicker of Jimmy Gopperth's quality and finally Wasps have a score in the second-half.

Can that kickstart Dai Young's men?

Sin-bin (Dan Cole)

Wasps 19-16 Leicester

Christian Wade has a dart around the ruck which finally gets the Wasps support beyond the gain line.

Just as they work it through another phase, Leicester and England prop Dan Cole tries to stop the play of the ball and is sent to cool off for 10 minutes for his actions.

Eight yellow cards in the last nine games for Tigers.

Wasps 19-16 Leicester

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This game is toing and froing with possession changing hands almost every minute. Some tired legs is opening spaces in defences too so a couple more replacements are made, including Charlie Thacker replacing Matt Smith for Tigers.

Penalty (Burns)

Wasps 19-16 Leicester

Really GAME ON.

I have to admit I did not see this coming after the first-half but Freddie Burns' penalty gets Leicester to within three points after they win a penalty from a scrum.

20 minutes to go and this is very, very well set for a frantic finish.

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

George Chuter

Former Saracens, Leicester and England hooker on BBC Radio Leicester

"(Haskell) won't want to come off, clearly, but the rules are there. He's out cold. The rules are there for a reason - in the best interests of his long-term health that will be the last we see of him today."

New record

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

Ricoh Arena
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Wasps have set a record for any home attendance in the Premiership this season, for the second week running.

Today's crowd of 27,390 means they have attracted well over 50,000 supporters in two successive games at the Ricoh Arena for the first time.

Things in Coventry are going well.

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

Eddie Jones is looking on with worried face as James Haskell's first involvement keeps him on the floor.

He gets his head the wrong side of tackling Freddie Burns and although he drives the Leicester man backwards, he stays down on the ground after the tackle is made.

The comeback lasts less than a minute. He walks off under his own steam but that was a nasty looking fall.


Wasps 19-13 Leicester

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James Haskell makes his return to rugby for Wasps to try to stop this Leicester momentum.

Ashley Johnson is on for a head injury assessment for Tommy Taylor while Danny Cipriani replaces Kyle Eastmond and Phil Swainston is also on.

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

Matt Smith crosses in the corner for Leicester!

But the assistant on the far side immediately says that a foot was in touch - not even a need for the television match official.

The replays show he was right.

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

The tide has very much turned.

Leicester win a penalty from a scrum and then kick deep into Wasps territory.

The hosts backs have barely touched the ball this half as that free-flowing ball seems to have disappeared from their game.

Wasps 19-13 Leicester

George Chuter

Former Saracens, Leicester and England hooker on BBC Radio Leicester

"I can't really see it myself. It seems to be up in the air for a bit, they've obviously seen something I haven't.

"It's funny how momentum can shift very quickly. Leicester have come out in the second half much hungrier in defence, quicker off the line, putting Wasps under pressure."

Try (Betham, con Burns)

Wasps 19-13 Leicester


After a check with the TMO, Peter Betham is confirmed as crossing for Leicester who have dragged their way back into this one.

Freddie Burns nails his conversion and credit to whatever whatever was said to Aaron Mauger at the break, the Tigers look a different side.

Try review (Betham)

Wasps 19-6 Leicester

A brilliant burst from Tom Brady for Leicester and then Peter Betham looks as if he as crossed after recycling it - but have Wasps got a hand underneath?

Wasps 19-6 Leicester

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It has not been a fluent, flowing start from either side to this half but Leicester have improved.

Guy Thompson knocks on attempting a tackle and Tigers have an attacking platform just outside the 22.

Wasps 19-6 Leicester

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Much, much better from the Leicester defence who finally stop the Wasps momentum with ball in hand.

They win a turnover penalty and Freddie Burns hoofs it down field having taken over kicking duties with Williams' departure.


Wasps 19-6 Leicester

A few worries here as Leicester fly-half Owen Williams stays down after attempting a tackle, and he looks in some pain.

He eventually goes off and George Worth comes on for him.

Wasps kick deep into the Tigers 22 from a penalty.

Penalty (Williams)

Wasps 19-6 Leicester

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A glimmer of a comeback from Leicester who get the first points after the break.

Welsh fly-half Owen Williams gets the Tigers to within two scores. 

Wasps 19-3 Leicester

First line-out of the second-half and Leicester's forwards made some hard yards but were unable to get the momentum Wasps did from their maul.

Some tight forward play gets the Tigers a penalty in kicking range though.


Wasps 19-3 Leicester

Back under way at a very full Ricoh Arena through Leicester fly-half Owen Williams.

Can Wasps get the try bonus-point, can Leicester get back in this?

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John McEnerney: "No matter what Mauger says it won't make much difference Wasps will put Leicester to the sword in the 2nd half!"

Andrew Preistley: "Christian Wade is in exceptional form for Wasps, but has be got the the physical stature to do it on the international stage?"

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Next up

HT: Wasps 19-3 Leicester

Well, you've got a bit of a wait until you next Premiership offering.

After we're done here, there are two rounds of European fixtures followed by two rounds of Anglo-Welsh Cup games.

So you've got to wait until Friday night on February 10 until England's top flight resumes.

Don't forget we've got live text and radio commentary of every Premiership game on BBC Sport online and on the app.

A "worrying trend"

HT: Wasps 19-3 Leicester

Ford, Cockerill, Robinson
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Some half-time reading for you now.

With three men in charge gone already this season, compared to five in five years before that, is a football sacking culture creeping into the game?

You can hear from coaches, players and Rugby Coaches Association founder on why they think it is in Andrew Aloia's piece on the matter.