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ACADEMY REPORT Young Saints crush Wasps

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Nine different players registered, Josh Peters and Nico Defeo leading the way with a pair each and fly half Harry Sheppard amassing 13 points with a fine solo try and four conversions.

The scoring started as early as the second minute, wing George Wacokecoke powering over on the right and while Wasps responded in kind through Zak Cranston moments later, it was to be false hope for the visitors.

The Saints' next score came hot on the heels of Cranston's five-pointer through second row Karl Wilkins, setup by a fine James Fish offload and Cameron Lee-Everton's break. After Tristan Rawcliffe also went under the posts smartly, scrum-half Lee-Everton was again involved heavily with a superb solo run finished off by another lock, Peters.

His mazing burst was replicated two minutes later by Rawcliffe and while a poor Wasps tackle halted the move, the Saints youngsters wouldn't have to wait long to register again through Peters, Wasps man Conor Dolan in the bin for upending Rotimi Segun.

Perhaps surprisingly, Saints wouldn't score again during the centre's absence, but when they did add a sixth it was an absolute peach from Sheppard, chasing down his own deft kick through on the left to leave Wasps defenders standing.

By now the visitors in blue were starting to look weary and with the home side monopolising the ball, the tries started to rain. Ollie Lyons was first to benefit, driven over by his pack before Segun's rapid break was matched by the support and acceleration of Austin Beckett.

Not to be outdone, flanker Lewis Ludlam's 60-metre surge from the restart teed up Defeo's first and the powerful Segun was at his destructive best again on the right allowing his midfield partner to double up.

The scoring wasn't over, however, and to the delight of a sizeable crowd who had stayed behind to watch Owen Griffiths charged over with the final play to cap a dominant Saints display.

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