Sunday, May 16, 1999 Published at 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Sport: Rugby Union
Wasps win Cup at last
Crowning moment: Alex King beats Gary Armstrong to score Wasps' opening try
Newcastle 19-29 Wasps
Wasps at last shook off their Twickenham hoodoo as they beat Newcastle to win the Tetley's Bitter Cup for the first time in their history.
King scored the only try of the first half with a sprint through and chip over the top and Lewsey claimed a second after the break when he intercepted Va'aiga Tuigamala's pass.
Skipper Mark Weedon lifted the trophy for Wasps, who put the bitter disappointment of last season's final defeat by Saracens firmly behind them.
"After losing the final last season we were all disappointed. We felt we'd let ourselves down," Weedon said.
"But this season everybody has taken responsibility for the decision making and when Nigel took over the full time coaching we were always on our way.
"We have the prospect of being third in the League after winning the cup. That represents a pretty good season."
Wasps owed much to their pack - and particularly to their back row, who were superbly marshalled by England captain Lawrence Dallaglio.
England's teenage star Jonny Wilkinson kicked 14 points for Newcastle, but he was outscored by Wasps' veteran full-back Gareth Rees, who first played in the final 13 years ago and this time added 19 with the boot.
King's crowning glory
After the two kickers had exchanged early penalties King lit up a lacklustre first-half with a scintillating solo score.
After roasting Wilkinson, King was faced with two covering defenders, but he calmly chipped over the top before racing through to touch down under the posts.
Rees added another penalty to take Wasps at least two scores ahead - but in first half injury time Wilkinson replied to make it 16-6 for the London side at half-time.
King put Wasps further ahead with a left-footed drop-goal early in the second half.
But Newcastle hit back and had their big moment to force their way back into the match in the 57th minute.
But the former All Black, his injury clearly a problem, was tiring as he entered Wasps territory and Lewsey was able to swoop to the corner and halt Tuigamala with a stunning cover tackle.
Rees and Wilkinson continued to find the target with their kicks - but Wasps put the game out of sight with their second try.
This time it was Tuigamala who was caught in possession, as Lewsey instinctively snatched the ball, juggled with it and hared over the line.
By now Wasps were safe, but Tuigamala claimed the try his efforts deserved right at the death - and it was another intercepted effort, although this time no-one was going to catch him.
Wasps were left to celebrate a historic win that finally makes up for their previous disappointments.
Newcastle: Legg, Naylor, Shaw, May, Tuigamala, Wilkinson, Armstrong, Graham, Nesdale, Hurter, Archer, Weir, Walton, Beattie, Arnold. Replacements : Horton, Massey, Charlton, Peel, Vyvyan, Underwood, Cartmell.
Wasps: Rees, Lewsey, Waters, Denney, Sampson, King, Gomersall, Molloy, Leota, Green, Weedon, Shaw, Dallaglio, Scrivener, Worsley. Replacements : Friday, Beardshaw, Logan, Henderson, Alexopolous, Volley, Black.
Referee : S Lander (RFU)
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