It wasn’t pretty but Wasps got the job done against a resurgent London Irish side at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
Wasps went ahead early after capitalising on having a numerical advantage after Irish hooker David Paice was sent to the bin for obstruction on Guy Thompson.
Despite tries from hooker Tom Cruse and Dan Robson, Wasps were up 14-0 but looking second best throughout the game.
Irish were dominating in the scrum and looked the more positive as Wasps struggled to deal with their physicality and endeavour.
Wasps handling errors were costing them territory throughout the game and when, five minutes from time Du Plessis went over the game looked lost. As Bell stood over the ball to convert he was met by vocal hostility from the home side fans who were aggrieved that a clear and obvious knock on from London Irish was not given.
Bell’s conversion was sent wide which was met by a series of cheers from the home fans.
The game was not over yet as hooker Tom Cruse charged down an Irish box kick and touched down to take the game away maybe unfairly from Irish.
This seemed to reinvigorate Wasps who pushed for the bonus point try, however it was not to be and the game finished 24-16.
Dai Young will be glad that his side now have a two week break to recuperate after suffering a horrendous spate of injuries throughout this season.