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Wasps continue their upward climb

WASPS continued their recent improved form by winning a compelling clash against Gloucester with a 30-23 victory at Kingsholm.

The visitors were in control at the interval when they held a 24-14 half-time lead but Gloucester rallied with three penalties in quick succession from Greig Laidlaw before Wasps regained their superiority to win the day.

Wasps' try-scorers were Christian Wade, Tom Varndell and Nathan Hughes with Andy Goode converting all three and kicking two penalties. Elliot Daly's late penalty completed their scoring.

In reply, Jonny May and Matt Kvesic scored a try apiece for Gloucester with Laidlaw converting both and kicking three penalties.

After a pulsating first half continued Wasps held a 24-14 interval lead.

Gloucester had the better of the opening of the second half and reduced the deficit with two Laidlaw penalties.

Carlo Festuccia was introduced by Wasps at hooker after being absent through injury for the past two months. His side had a chance to kick a penalty but it was spurned. This time it was the wrong option as Wasps lost the line-out and conceded a penalty - so the pressure on the home line was relieved.

The Wasps pack were struggling in the set piece and gave away another penalty for Laidlaw to knock over so the visitors' lead was down to one point at the end of the third quarter.

Wasps brought on Jake Cooper-Woolley and Bradley Davies to shore up their pack and they immediately exerted pressure to gain a penalty, which Goode kicked.

With five minutes remaining, Daly fired over a long-range penalty to ensure a notable away win for the resurgent Wasps.