RUGBY UNION - Wasps eliminated from Champions Cup after heavy Munster defeat - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Wasps eliminated from Champions Cup after heavy Munster defeat

Coventry Editorial 25th Jan, 2022 Updated: 26th Jan, 2022   0

WASPS were knocked out of the European Champions Cup following a heavy 45-7 defeat to Munster which was marred by a head injury sustained by Thomas Young.


The Coventry club needed at least a losing bonus point to advance to the last 16 of the competition but were outclassed by their Irish opponents six tries to one.


Wasps only try came from Dan Robson and lost flanker Young to a nasty head injury shortly before half-time with the Wales international stretchered off and taken to hospital.


The defeat means Wasps will drop into the European Challenge Cup after finishing 10th in their pool, just point outside of the qualifying places.


And Munster made a quick start when Connor Murray touched down underneath the posts on eight minutes with Ben Healy kicking the conversion.


Healy then kicked a penalty before Simon Zebo forced his way over on 17 minutes following a well-worked set-piece.


Wasps responded with their only try on 26 minutes when Robson dummied before dotting down from close range with Charlie Atkinson adding the extras.


However, Munster would strike again through Jack O’Donoghue when he barged over on 29 minutes to all but seal Wasps’ fate.


The home side lost Gavin Coombes to a yellow card before the break after conceding numerous penalties from mounting Wasps’ pressure.


However, Young then suffered a blow to the back of the head which resulted in lengthy treatment with the Welshman thankfully discharged from hospital on Monday.


Despite being a man short, Munster scored their fourth try on 43 minutes when prop Jeremy Loughman touched down before Robson was sent to the sin-bin soon after.


Wasps then lost Atkinson to the sin-bin in the final few minutes which allowed Zebo to grab his second on 77 minutes with replacement Jack Crowley kicking the conversion.


And Munster wrapped up the win with the final play of the game at Thomond Park in Limerick as Rory Scannell touched down to ensure Wasps’ Champions Cup campaign came to an end.


Wasps return to Gallagher Premiership action against Saracens on Sunday, January 30 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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