Wasps Academy U18s put in a positive performance to beat a strong and physical Bedford Academy U19 side 24-0 in a friendly on Wednesday at Goldington Road.
The young Wasps bounced back well from a disappointing performance against Harlequins in their last regular season game last week, scoring four tries in an entertaining contest.
On the back of the win at Bedford, the Academy U18s will now travel to Allianz Park for The Premiership Rugby Academy League Finals Day having finished as runner up in the Southern Conference, where they will face the runner up from the Northern Conference.
Wasps took the lead thanks to two catch and drive tries from Jacob Turner. With the second touch line conversion from Connor Eastgate unluckily striking the post, Wasps went into the break with a 10-0 lead.
Having moved from scrum half to no 10 Will Porter then got Wasps’ try after a length of the field attack broke down just inside the home 22. Quick ball and quick thinking saw Porter slice through the Bedford defence to score under the posts, converting his own try.
Wasps then got their final try through Callum Sirker, returning from a seven month injury lay off. After withstanding a period of consistent Bedford pressure, Seun Coker made the initial break from a Wasps scrum deep in the visitors 22, making a full 80 metres before being hauled down short of the line. Fast thinking and movement ball saw Sirker the grateful recipient on the opposite side of the field, as he turned on the pace to round his man and dot down.
Academy Manager Matt Davies said: "The physicality of the game was extremely high, and Bedford put real pressure on us throughout. For what was a relatively young side, I thought they coped and adapted well and found a way to impose themselves on the game, scoring four excellent tries along the way."