Match report: Battling Tigers edged out at Wasps 16 September Adfam Thompstone in possession during the first half at Wasps on Sunday Jonny May judges it to perfection as he dots down in the corner against Wasps Leicester Tigers took two points from a defeat at Wasps in Round 3 of the Gallagher Premiership campaign on Sunday despite playing half of the game a man short. Two early tries gave the hosts a point advantage before Jonny May dotted down his third try of the season for Tigers. Tigers, though, then lost lock Will Spencer to a red card for a high hit on Tommy Taylor and Wasps ended the half in front. Lima Sopoaga added two late kicks to give Wasps the victory. The teams went into the game with one win and one defeat — both beaten by Exeter Chiefs — in the opening weeks of the campaign, and with Tigers chasing a first win on Wasps soil since their first visit to Coventry in May
The top four qualifiers may even include Wasps themselves, this heart-warming result on a distinctly chilly afternoon having hoisted them to fifth place, three points behind Harlequins in fourth.
Having played so well at Leicester the previous week, Exeter turned the ball over no fewer than 21 times, suffered recurring lineout issues and were also guilty of a couple of costly missed tackles. In a league of such tight margins that sort of inaccuracy rarely goes unpunished.
Wasps were required to make twice as many tackles and had to defend for lengthy periods but their international forward trio of Joe Launchbury, Brad Shields and Nathan Hughes worked tirelessly, with the scrum-half Joe Simpson finishing joint top of the tackle charts with By that point Exeter were already a try in front courtesy of Nowell and had a second on the board when Nic White burrowed over from close range.
Nowell, sporting a distinctly unsubtle new sponsored headguard, was again involved in the buildup and a routine win appeared to be taking shape. Wasps responded with three tries in a mad nine minutes at the end of the half, Willie Le Roux, the temporary replacement Juan de Jongh and Marcus Watson taking advantage of repeated Exeter disarray.