Premiership semi-final: Wasps 47-24 Bristol Bears – Wasps make first final since 2017


Jack Willis
Try-scorer Jack Willis impressed on both sides of the ball in front of England boss Eddie Jones
Wasps (23) 47
Tries: Fekitoa, J Willis, Robson, Kibirige, Minozzi Cons: Gopperth 5 Pens: Gopperth 4
Bristol Bears (5) 24
Tries: Morahan, Thacker, Randall, Malins Cons: Sheedy 2

Wasps reached their first Premiership final since 2017 as they beat Bristol in an exciting semi-final.

Malakai Fekitoa’s try and and two Jimmy Gopperth penalties put Wasps 13-0 up before Luke Morahan’s try for Bristol.

Another Gopperth penalty and a try from the impressive Jack Willis saw Wasps have an 18-point lead at half-time.

Harry Thacker got a try back but Dan Robson, Zach Kibirige and Matteo Minozzi saw off Bristol, before Harry Randall and Max Malins went over late.

Wasps will face the winner of Saturday’s second semi-final between Premiership table-toppers Exeter and fourth-placed Bath at Twickenham on Saturday, 24 October.

Bristol’s season can still end with silverware as they face Toulon in Friday’s European Challenge Cup final against Toulon.

More to follow.

Wasps: Minozzi; Kibirige, Fekitoa, Gopperth, Bassett; Umaga, Robson; McIntyre, Taylor, Brookes, Launchbury (capt), Rowlands, J Willis, Young, Shields.

Replacements: Oghre, West, Alo, Gaskell, Barbeary, T Willis, Vellacott, Le Bourgeois.

Bristol: Malins; Morahan, Radradra, S Piutau, O’Conor; Sheedy, Uren; Woolmore, Thacker, Afoa, Joyce, Vui, Luatua (capt), Earl, Hughes.

Replacements: Kloska, Y Thomas, Sinckler, Holmes, D Thomas, Randall, Bedlow, Leiua.

Referee: Matthew Carley.

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