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A 4 match Flexi Ticket for Wasps for £50, including Champions Cup rugby and a match against Saracens?  It was rude not to!  The first of my 4 games was against Pro12 Champions Connacht.  The Bridesmaid turned Bride would be tough opposition for a Wasps team which included Kurtley Beale making his debut.

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Beale went from her to zero all within the first 20 minutes as he crashed over to score Wasps first try after 7 minutes after a great pass from Sam Robson, before seeing yellow for a high tackle to the disgust of the home fans.  I’m not a fan of the crowd booing refereeing decisions and it happened a fair bit during this game.

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Without the benefit of my own TMO or ref link I couldn’t judge from where I was sitting whether the decisions made were fair or not, but it seemed that the home crowd objected to most of the decisions made against their team.

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This wasn’t going to be one way traffic and Kieran Marmion scored a try after 25 minutes to even things up.  The second half started with a Nathan Hughes try, before Rory Parata again pulled his team back into the game.

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But Wasps imposed themselves on the game with a try from Joe Launchbury followed by a 5 pointer from Josh Bassett 10 minutes later.  Both teams will have known they’d been in a game, it was an entertaining affair, the return match should be as good and will be a real test of this Wasps team as far as their European aspirations are concerned.  This leg finished Wasps 32 Connacht 17.

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