Amlin Challenge Cup: Wasps 38-25 Newport Gwent Dragons

Dragons lock Robert Sidoli and Wasps wing Tom Varndell square up at Adams Park
Dragons lock Robert Sidoli and Wasps wing Tom Varndell square up at Adams Park

Wasps ran in four tries to open their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons at Adams Park.

Fly-half Nicky Robinson was outstanding for the hosts as he guided their efforts in style.

The visitors opened the scoring with a superb Adam Hughes try and Joe Dixon added a second late on.

In between those tries, Jack Wallace, Fabio Staibano, Billy Vunipola and Joe Simpson went over for the hosts.

Robinson converted three of his side's tries and kicked four penalties.

Dragons' pivot Lewis Robling sent over two conversions and a penalty brace.


Wasps: Hugo Southwell (capt); Jack Wallace, Chris Bell, Lee Thomas, Tom Varndell; Nick Robinson, Joe Simpson; Zak Taulafo, Tom Lindsay, Fabio Staibano, Joe Launchbury, Marco Wentzel, Ashley Johnson, Jonathan Poff, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: T Rhys Thomas, Phil Swainston, Lewis Thiede, James Cannon, Sam Jones, Charlie Davies, Tommy Bell, Elliot Daly.

Dragons: Daniel Evans; Will Harries, Adam Hughes, Ashley Smith, Hallam Amos; Lewis Robling, Liam Davies; Aaron Coundley, Sam Parry, Nathan Buck, Jevon Groves, Robert Sidoli, Tom Brown, Lewis Evans (capt), Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Phil Price, Dan Way, Ian Nimmo, Ieuan Jones, Jonathan Evans, Jack Dixon, Tom Prydie.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France).


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