A last minute interception try from London Wasps winger Shane Roiser gave the home side a victory by 16-6, and denied NEC Harlequins from securing a vital bonus point in their bid to avoid relegation from the Zurich Premiership. In what was a desperately disappointing match, a drop goal from Wasps fly half Alex King put his side 9-6 ahead with just two minutes of normal time remaining. David Slemen, replacing the injured Paul Burke, had the opportunity to bring the scores level moments later, but his penalty attempt sailed wide of the target and Will Greenwood then had his pass intercepted by Roiser, as Quins went looking for the winning score.
It was the hosts who made the better start and their early pressure took them deep into Quins twenty-two, though a promising move was wasted when centre Stuart Abbott knocked-on. It was the visitors who then opened the scoring after eight minutes, with Slemen converting a penalty from 42 metres. 11 minutes later and Wasps drew level. Quins were penalised for being on the wrong side at the ruck and Scotland winger Kenny Logan converted the resulting penalty to make the score 3-3.
Slemen then failed to convert two difficult penalty kicks after 20 and 24 minutes respectively. King made Quins pay for those misses by slotting the first of his two drop goals in the match on 28 minutes, to put Wasps 6-3 in front. Slemen had the chance to level the score as the game approached the interval, but once again he failed to find the target with his penalty attempt. Right on the stroke of half-time, the visitors had an attacking scrum inside the Wasps twenty-two. The ball went wide to Ben Gollings, who held-up two defenders but then failed to find Matt Moore with the pass, which meant Quins continued to trail by three points at the halfway stage.
Quins had the early pressure in the second half and should have scored the opening try of the game. Moore sprinted for the corner but was hauled down metres from the line. With quick ball materialising, Greenwood chipped to the far right corner where the ball rested in the in-goal area. Tony Diprose, a half-time replacement for Steve White-Cooper, and Gollings both went for the ball and managed to knock-on the opportunity as opposed to registering the five points.
Further Quins pressure finally resulted in Slemen levelling the scores after 67 minutes, when Wasps were penalised for not staying on their feet at the ruck. Back came Wasps and after full back Josh Lewsey went close from a set-piece, King duly put his side three points ahead again (9-6) with his second drop goal from inside the Quins twenty-two. With 80 minutes on the clock, Slemen had the chance to make it 9-9 when Wasps were guilty of being offside. Though the Quins number ten pushed his kick, from close to the right hand touchline, across the face of the goal.
Gathering possession from the restart, Quins spread the ball wide in attempt to score the match-winning try. However, Greenwood had his long pass intercepted by Roiser, who had a clear run to the line unopposed and touchdown under the posts for the only try of the game. King added the simple conversion, which was then followed by the final whistle.
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