Hammers 4s give Wasps a sting!

The date is 14th January and the mighty 4’s took a trip west to face a fierce (and ageing?) Wasps side who had a lot more to offer than anticipated. Hopes in the team were high following on from last weekends win over a strong Belsize Park team. We were lucky to find out that we would be playing on the 4G pitch because al the other pitches had been turned into swimming pools.
The game started with a strong outfit who were tested in defence. For the first 25 minutes of the game, the Hammers saw little of the ball, with some hard carries from the Wasps pack. Despite a constant onslaught, the Hammers defence proved impenetrable with some super shots going in from Rory and many others to deny Wasps 2 tries early on. However some penalties allowed them to take an early 3-0 lead. Turns out that sidelined captain Seb Moneys prediction that “the crusty old c*nts in their back line would offer us nothing” turned out not to be 100% true. After this first possession-less stint, the 4’s soon got some ball and the points started to roll in, with some super assists from Heapsy and company to put the Hammers 3 tries up in the first half.
Half Time score Hammers 21-Wasps 3
In the second half it was a similar story with rolling subs occurring and a tenacious Wasps attacking display rewarding them with a try late on in the half. Particular second half shout outs go to Will Gibbs for managing to channel his inner Haskell and run into the post instead of scoring, and to Joe Pearce for an excellent propping debut surviving a total of 1 scrum before being subbed off again due to a lack of practice. Two late tries and a late attack from Wasps gave them a final consolation score.
The game ended a well deserved 35-13 win to the Hammers – uppa 4’s!