Montpellier has one of the largest packages in European club rugby, but their combined power was nothing compared to 20-year-old No. 8 Alfie Barbeary, who six months after joining the Wasps senior team scored two attempts and played a key role in two others. .
The wasps, who were under strength, struggled to contain Montpellier, who played 74 minutes of the 14-man Champions Cup tie, but with Will Porter proving to be a canny substitute for Dan Robson, they had enough wit to Exploit your best moments with power and skill. touches from Barbeary, who was called up to England’s squad last month, proving the difference.
It was only a couple of years ago that England coach Eddie Jones wondered when the next wave of rowers would arrive and now he has so many reservations at the position that he is overwhelmed by options.
Barbeary was a doubt before the game with a calf strain, but it was Montpellier who felt the tension.
“I really wanted to play with the international guys resting and we can be proud of this victory with extra points,” he said. “It was huge for us that the Premiership started again next week and we have to follow it up in Sale and continue with the performances.”
It was the only game of the night played after Toulon refused to take the field at Llanelli after a Scarlets player tested positive for Covid-19 and two others had to isolate themselves.
Organizers are trying to reorganize the match, but three canceled over the weekend saw Toulouse, La Rochelle and Lyon score extra-point victories over Exeter, Bath and Glasgow, respectively, while emphasizing that they were not blaming themselves.
Wasps opted to play for the Dragons last weekend after the home team was forced to retire six players after tryouts and they returned home with five points. They faced more formidable opposition at Philippe Saint-André’s Montpellier, which included Saracen center Alex Lozowski, who started his career at Wasps but gained a lead in the sixth minute when winger Henry Immelman was sent off for leading. a challenge on Will. Porter with his shoulder and making head contact after the scrum-half received a kick.
The wasps initially struggled to their numerical advantage. They became too lazy and awarded penalties, two of which Benoît Paillaugue missed from close range. They lacked focus until Barbeary made a forceful break from the middle of the road, selling two mannequins as he hurtled towards 22. Moments later, he was tackled a meter from the Montpellier line and picked up after the next tackle to get in and force his He passed.
Five minutes later, Barbeary kicked off his 22 and the ball was picked up on the left by Josh Bassett. He moved into the frame and advanced 50 meters before Tom Cruse headed into midfield and delayed his pass to James Gaskell long enough to create a hole for the second row to gallop past.
Montpellier was down but far from outside and attempts by Lozowski on either side of the interval, who took advantage of Paolo Odogwu’s knock-on at the half, and replacement midfielder Yvan Reilhac after Wasps was caught narrowly defending, put them in front.
Barbeary immediately removed any doubts on his team, setting up Odogwu with a one-handed pass after appearing in midfield after a lineout and then securing the bonus point after making three tackles.
He was sent to the sin-bin with 15 minutes remaining for playing the ball after a tackle, but Montpellier failed to take advantage of a series of penalties and Charlie Atkinson finished the match with the fifth try for Wasps as they moved to the top of the swimming pool. .
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