European Champions Cup: Wasps 17-14 Toulouse

Wasps score a late try
With defeat looming, Robson stole a dramatic victory for the home side
European Champions Cup Pool Two
Wasps (3) 17
Tries: Daly, Robson Cons: Gopperth 2 Pens: Gopperth
Toulouse (0) 14
Tries: Huget, penalty try Cons: Doussain 2

Dan Robson's dramatic late try handed Wasps a victory over Toulouse that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Jean-Marc Doussain missed two Toulouse penalties before Jimmy Gopperth's kick gave Wasps a 3-0 half-time lead.

After the break, Toulouse's Yoann Huget scored, Doussain adding the conversion.

Toulouse were awarded a penalty try after Elliot Daly had crossed for Wasps, before Robson dived over from a quick tap penalty with 58 seconds left.

Despite the win, Wasps slip down to second in Pool Two, one point behind leaders Connacht, who beat Zebre 66-21 at home earlier on Saturday.

Wasps play away to Italian side Zebre in the final round of fixtures on Sunday, 22 January, while Toulouse welcome Connacht.

Victory would see them qualify for the last eight as pool winners if Connacht fail to beat Toulouse.

But even if Connacht were to defeat the French side, a Wasps win would likely be enough to secure a knockout place as one of three best runners-up.

Just moments before the winning score, Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani had been sin-binned for his role in the penalty try that looked to have secured the points for Toulouse.

As the French side drove towards the line, Cipriani was judged to have stolen the ball illegally and Doussain converted for the second time in the match.

But, with his side trailing 14-10 inside the final minute, replacement scrum-half Robson caught out the away defence by taking a quick tap penalty and forcing his way across the line.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young: "The players were a little bit surprised by my reaction after the match because I wasn't jumping up and down.

"I'm really pleased that we found a way to win. We showed a lot of team spirit and scored points when we had a player in the sin-bin.

"But we have to be honest with ourselves - if we produce as many clear line breaks as we did, you have got to nail them.

"We need to look at our lack of composure and patience in their 22."

On the decision to punish Cipriani: "He didn't actually enter the maul, so I thought it was the wrong decision - probably one of many really.

"I don't want to criticise referees because it's a difficult job and you have got to adapt to the game, but you could pretty much do what you like in the contact area."

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