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  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • London Wasps
    • Cardiff Blues
    • 80' FULL TIME It's going to be Blues vs Toulon in the Amlin final as Cardiff look to become the first Welsh team to triumph in Europe.
    • 77' MISSED PENALTY Walder misses for the first time and Wasps stay 3 points behind with 3 mins to go.
    • 70' Cipriani is on for van Gisbergen at full back. Can his pace break open the Blues defence.
    • 70' YELLOW CARD True to his word the ref has binned Scott Andrews for persistent offences at the scrum.
    • 69' The ref warns Rush his team are conceding too many penalties at the scrum. Looks like there could be a card is it continues.
    • 66' Shaw has served his time in the bin and rumbles back into the action as the rain starts falling hard.
    • 61' PENALTY Wasps strike back with 3 vital points while Shaw is still in the bin and Walder is putting on a kicking masterclass at the moment.
    • 58' TRY Gethin Jenkins powers over from a yard and Blues make Shaw pay for his yellow card.
    • 57' The Blues are making their one man advantage tell and everything they do goes through Rush who has already had over 20 ball carries in this game.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD Wasps have piled the pressure on themselves with a Simon Shaw yellow card it's damage limitation for Wasps for the next 10mins.
    • 52' PENALTY Blair has found his kicking boots with a fine strike from near halfway.
    • 48' It's the Blues turn to do some great defending as they soak up some serious Wasps pressure but it's still Wasps ball with a lineout on the Blues 22.
    • 44' The Wasps defence is putting real pressure on the Blues attack and forcing the mistakes, this time a knock on by Molitika.
    • 42' PENALTY Walder makes no mistake. Great start for Wasps.
    • 42' An early knock on by Sweeny has given Wasps excellent field position and they take advantage of their scrum dominance to win yet enough penalty.
    • 40' Walder has kicked off the second half and it is his boot that has given Wasps the lead. Although Halfpenny did score in the first half given the conditions this game is likely to be decided by the kickers.
    • 40' HALF TIME Wasps dominance in the set piece and Walder's boot send them into the break with the narrowest of leads. Blues will be hoping Blair has finally found his range from the kicking tea after he missed his first 3 kicks.
    • 39' PENALTY It's fourth time luck for Blair who finally opens his account.
    • 37' The wet conditions are making this a bit of a kicking duel and at the moment it's Wasps that are performing better with the boot.
    • 34' PENALTY Another penalty at scrum time for Wasps and Walder has now kicked as many goals as Blair has missed!!!
    • 32' PENALTY Wasps retake the lead through Walder's penalty after absolutely demolishing the Blues scrum
    • 29' TRY Halfpenny slides over in the corner despite Simpson's best efforts. Lemi tried to step out of the line to beat the overlap but wasn't quick enough to beat Rhys Thomas' pass.
    • 25' The Blues take the ball through the phases but the Wasps defence is holding firm. It looks like they have sorted out problems from last weeks game against Bath.
    • 22' MISED PENALTY Simon Shaw gets a stern warning from the ref for a high tackle but Blair fails to punishes his misdemeanour
    • 20' PENALTY A fine strike by Walder opens the scoring
    • 18' Paul Sackey's excellent kick chase ends some aerial ping pong and earns Wasps a penalty.
    • 15' Dom Waldouck is in a really purple patch at the moment and he just made a fine line break brushing off Ceri Sweeny's tackle but van Gisbergen couldn't hang onto his pass. that was a real chance for Wasps
    • 10' It was a real case of David against Goliath there as David Lemi somehow managed to force Rush into touch after the big kiwi broke from the base of the ruck.
    • 10' Walder's kick goes just the wrong side of the corner flag so play comes back for a Blues scrum on halfway. The Wasps scrum sured up by the presence of Phil Vickery is cause the Blues some problems.
    • 6' MISSED PENALTY Blair misses a relatively simple chance to put the Blues ahead.
    • 4' A typically bullocking run from Xavier Rush nearly results in a try but Joe Simpson and Mark van Gisbergen scramble to tidy up the situation.
    • 1' We are underway at a wet and soggy Adams Park to find out who will join Toulon in the Amlin final.
    • - BLUES ONE TO WATCH: The Blues centre partnership of Roberts and Laulala is arguable on of the best in Europe. If the in form Jacobs and Waldouck can't shackle them they could be the Blues match winners.
    • - BLUES TEAM NEWS: The Blues are without a top level scrum as Richie Rees has failed to shake off his ankle injury. That leaves the inexperienced Darren Allinson the unenviable task of trying to shackle the electric Joe Simpson. Thankfully for the Blues Roberts has recovered from his knee injury to re-form his irresistible centre partnership with the offload king Casey Laulala.
    • - WASPS ONE TO WATCH: You can't take your eyes off the electric Wasps scrum half Joe Simpson. The Blues back row will be keeping very close eye on him but he has so much pace if Williams and co drop their guard for a second Simpson will pounce on the chance.
    • - WASPS TEAM NEWS: The big news is Dave Walder being preferred to Danny Cipriani at fly half. Elsewhere Ben Jacobs' excellent performances off the bench have earned him a starting berth and the Amlin top try scorer Tom Varndell is dropped to the bench to make way for David Lemi. In the pack Phil Vickery makes his first start since neck surgery.
    • - The Amlin Challenge Cup represents the most realistic route to silverware for both these sides and both teams seem to have been saving their best form for the business end of the season. The Blues will be full on confidence having won 5 game on the spin while Wasps need to recover from a crushing St George’s day defeat against Bath last week.
  • Summary

    London Wasps versus Cardiff Blues
      Tries Halfpenny 29’, Jenkins 58’
      Conversions Blair 58’
    Walder 20’, 32’, 34’, 42’, 61’ Penalties Blair 39’, 52’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • London Wasps

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Betsen Substitution In (60′)
    • Kefu
    • Hart
    • Varndell Substitution In (73′)
    • Broster
    • Cipriani Substitution In (70′)
    • Lindsay
    • Taulafo Substitution In (49′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Cardiff Blues

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Mustoe
    • Williams
    • Hewitt
    • Yapp Substitution In (73′)
    • Davies
    • Flanagan
    • Warburton
    • Andrews Substitution In (54′) Yellow Card

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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