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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2007, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Twickers verdict
Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson
BBC Five Live summariser at Twickenham

Wasps celebrate victory
Wasps get their hands on the Heineken Cup for a second time
Wasps are a quality outfit and deserve all the plaudits.

There were two moments of brilliance to score the tries in their 25-9 Heineken Cup final win over Leicester but it was the defensive display that won them the game.

And the victory was all about planning and preparation.

When you've got a coaching team like Shaun Edwards and Ian McGeechan at the helm you are always going to be in with a chance.

There were doubts because they hadn't played for three weeks and question marks over whether physically they would be up to it.

They gave a resounding answer.

After the euphoria last week off the back of Leicester's win over Gloucester it had to be a monstrous performance from Wasps to get anywhere close and it had to be played at Test level. It was.

It was all fairly even at the start before Eoin Reddan's great try - when he nipped down the short side off the line-out - and after that they were relentless in squeezing the life out of Leicester.

There were two moves of pure genius at the front of the line-out which Leicester weren't expecting and they came off superbly well to score two tries.

And then there was their defence and they have obviously been working hard for the last three weeks on the finer details of that.

A lot of teams have tried to copy the way Wasps defend but only they know the real secrets.

Tom Rees snares Seru Rabeni with help from Alex King
Leicester could not find a way through the Wasps defence
Leicester lost their way a little bit and were under enormous pressure at half-back.

Therefore the priority was just to get the ball away but they couldn't get it into Seru Rabeni's and Alesana Tuilagi's hands. Those two needed to do what they're good at but they couldn't.

Wasps got under Leicester's skin and did it really well. They gave them no option but to try things they hadn't practised.

The Tigers thought they had the game plan, energy and mindset to win, but at the final whistle I got the feeling looking at the body language of coaches Pat Howard and Richard Cockerill that they thought Wasps deserved to win.

It was as if they were saying: "They beat us at our own game, added quirky moves to beat us round the short side, were clever and smart."

Sometimes you have to put your hands up and admit you were beaten by the better team.

Leicester have had a great season, are a great team and have been by far the best domestic side.

But when it comes to massive encounters there is only one team in the last five years and this makes it six times in six finals at Twickenham that Wasps have won. That is one heck of a statistic.

They use this as their stage. Edwards would have been in that changing room winding them up saying this is London, Wasps play in London, this is our home.

Wasps have been underdogs and favourites here against all sorts of teams - English, Welsh and French - and they have always won. They are a quality outfit.



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