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Twickenham, London, 31 May



Result: Wasps 26-16 Leicester

SCORES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Rob Hodgetts

Full-time: "What a team, what a club! Good luck Lol, we'll miss you on the pitch, but not at the club! Allez Allez Allez, Wasps Wasps Wasps!"
Waspsfan07 on 606

The Leicester players walk up disconsolately to accept their losers' medals, watched by coach Marcelo Loffreda.

Then it's Wasps' turn and Lawrence Dallaglio picks his kids out of the crowd to join them on stage. Raphael Ibanez and Phil Vickery are also joined by their children. They lift the cup, the bubbly is poured everywhere, music explodes and the fans wave flags and shout. A good day to be a Wasp. Leicester's fans are probably out the back already.

"In reflection, I don't think Leicester really turned up apart from a 20 minute spell early in the second half. At the end of the day, a better kicking display from Goode could have led to a different result."
Chewy00 on 606

Straight after the whistle it's hugs all around for Lawrence Dallaglio, who takes time to embrace team-mate Fraser Waters who is also retiring after 10 years at the club.

"It's testament to all the staff, players, coaches and fans. It's a great club. We're not blessed with the greatest resources in the world but we played with heart and soul. It's one of our greatest ever achievements - we were 10th in the table around Christmas time."
Lawrence Dallaglio

"We obviously played very well in the first half and went a bit to sleep in the second half but we hung in there."
Wasps lock Simon Shaw

80 mins: The Wasps fans count down the seconds but Leicester stage one last attack before Wasps turn it over, boot it out and the ref calls it off. Wasps are the 2008 Guinness Premiership champions.

79 mins: On the touchline Lawrence Dallaglio and coach Ian McGeechan embrace. No tongues though.

78 mins: Undeterred by his misses Andy Goode is trying to inspire the Tigers backs and they make good ground before giving away a penalty. Wasps' fly-half Riki Flutey takes his time before lamping his kick into row 82 as the Londoners know the title is theirs.

75 mins: Tigers still press and win another penalty in the Wasps half and skipper Martin Corry points to the corner. They win clean line-out ball and Andy Goode chips through but the bouncing ball eludes the Tigers chasers.

73 mins: Leicester are in despair and so is Andy Goode. The semi-final hero misses an easy penalty on the Wasps' 22 as Tigers see another chance of points go begging. The forwards might find it difficult to buy him a beer tonight.

70 mins: PENALTY Wasps 26-16 Leicester
The door may be closing for Leicester as Mark van Gisbergen gets another penalty shot, which he strokes over from the left touchline for Wasps' first points of the second half. Those two Andy Goode missed conversions are proving crucial.

68 mins: Wasps go close with Josh Lewsey taking a long pass out on the left but three Tigers defenders virtually pick him up and shunt him into touch. Leicester are not going to go down without a fight.

67 mins and 2 seconds: That's it everyone. Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio is replaced and so comes to an end an 18-year career at the club. The crowd go mad, Lol barks one last instruction to his team and the rest of the Wasps largely ignore it, eager to get on with the procress of winning the match. Straight away, Mark van Gisbergen misses with a penalty kick.

64 mins: Andy Goode lofts a high bomb on Mark van Gisbergen but despite pressure from Ayoola Erinle, the New Zealand-born full-back catches and marks, snuffing out what could have been a decisive attack.

61 mins: TRY Wasps 23-16 Leicester
The powerful Tigers forwards are beginning to exert their dominance in the tight and power to within yards of the line. From a scrum, Tigers control the ball and livewire scrum-half Harry Ellis scampers over on the blindside. Andy Goode again misses the conversion to the despair of the Leicester faithful but they line up ready to go again.

59 mins: Leicester's renewed ability to retain the ball results in another penalty and Goode pumps the touchline. Skipper Martin Corry is leading from the front with determination etched on his face. Wasps prop Tim Payne hobbles off and the referee has no option but to go for uncontested scrums. Corry argues, sensing Leicester are gaining a bit of superiority up front.

57 mins: Tigers rouse the spirits of their supporters with a concerted period of possession. They are chipping away at the Wasps defensive line but the meagre yards are being won at a high cost in terms of energy.

54 mins: TRY Wasps 23-11 Leicester
Leicester are still pressing and opt to stick a penalty into the corner instead of kicking. They need a shot in the arm and from the line-out Goode tries the old crossfield kick to the right corner. Geordan Murphy jumps highest and taps it back infield for Tom Varndell to pounce and score. Goode, though, misses the conversion.

52 mins: Leicester go close to a comeback try after a good trademark rumble upfield through the forwards. Harry Ellis picks up a loose ball on the blindside and chips over the top but the taller Paul Sackey beats him to the bounce and knocks the ball over the dead-ball line.

"C'mon people have some sense, we all know its gonna be a Tom Varndell try in the last minute. Loffreda is a genius."
James from London via text

47 mins: Leicester enjoy some rare pressure and barge their way into the Wasps half. The move slows down but they earn a penalty and Andy Goode begins the process of chipping away at this lead. Or rather he doesn't as he squanders a gilt-edged chance for points. The ball bounces off the posts and Wasps counter through fast hands to thunder back into the Leicester half.

45 mins: "Donal Smith here watching via mobile phone from Lake Como in Italy. Come on the Wasps, Lol to score winning try surely?!"
Donal from Lake Como via text

43 mins: Leicester are living dangerously as Wasps break down the left but James Haskell spills the ball close to the line.

42 mins: Wasps continue where they left off as Tom Rees snaffles Leicester ball through being smarter and quicker. A scrum follows in midfield and the Londoners walk through Leicester. Have the Tigers lost belief?

41 mins: Prop Phil Vickery is off for Wasps, with Pat Barnard on. Ayoola Erinle replaces centre Dan Hipkiss for Leicester.

Half-time: "In answer to your question 'where are the Tigers?' They are all at Twickenham. Why are all the Wasps at home?"
Anon via text

Touche.

"Sitting in a sports bar in Confelens, France cheering the scores on the internet while the Frence watch the horse and buggy racing! Come on the Wasps!"
JP Robinson via text

"My revision for dental exams is going just as well as the Tigers' performance. Will hopefully pull out a result in the end!"
Vish in Plymouth via text

There's a good debate going on 606 about the rights or wrongs of the play-off system. Is it fair that the team who does all the hard yards in the depths of the winter and finishes the regular season top of the league might not then make the final?

Here's one school of thought - "As a person who doesn't often watch or follow rugby at all can I say the play-off idea is a good one because it generates interest among those who, like me, don't follow rugby."
Erh on 606

"I'm split on the play-offs (not often you hear a Gloucester fan say that). It does seem unfair that a 22 game league season counts for little. Also, it affects the preparation by international sides and can lead to more injuries. However, there are numerous advantages; more money, more interest, and it does offset the effect of Six Nations on teams fortunes. I guess we have to live them."
Chewy00 on 606

39 mins: Wasps keep up their pressure until the whistle as the beleaguered Tigers trudge off disconsolately, scratching their heads. Under-fire Leicester coach Marcelo Loffreda can make or break his Tigers career in the next 10 minutes.

36 mins: TRY Wasps 23-6 Leicester
Tigers are in deep trouble and need to switch on quickly to avoid a rout. Wasps turn it over in their own 22, surge forward and conjure a gap for Josh Lewsey to slice through and over the line. Mark van Gisbergen converts. Wasps are quicker thinking, faster reacting and more muscular. Tigers look cumbersome.

35 mins: "Tigers will surely win it in the last minute. That's how they got here, that's how they will win it today ... I hope."
Aceinternational in Mexico on 606

33 mins: PENALTY Wasps 16-6 Leicester Wasps return to their tactic of punching through the midfield and make good inroads with the likes of Flutey and Lewsey. Leicester are penalised for slowimg down ball at the breakdown and Van Gisbergen nails the kick.

31 mins: "I am sitting in Whittington Hospital cafeteria to catch 5 mins and so far my beloved Wasps are 7 up. Wife has also just given birth to second baby daughter. What a day!"
Stuart via text

"I am 'watching' this on my blackberry while on holiday in Santorini. C'mon Wasps."
Niall on text

Where are the Tigers?

28 mins: PENALTY Wasps 13-6 Leicester
A subtle shift in momentum before giant Tigers winger Alesana Tuilagi breaks down the blindside and runs right over Eoin Reddan and sets up a promising counter. Tigers win a penalty as Wasps try to defend and Andy Goode narrows the gap.

27 mins I haven't mentioned Dallaglio yet. So, Dallaglio. There you are! Lots of hard yards but will he last 80 minutes?

25 mins: Leicester are continuing with the policy of raining high balls down on Mark van Gisbergen and the latest effort sees Geordan Murphy outjump the Wasps full-back. Nothing comes of it this time, but it might just work later on.

23 mins: PENALTY Wasps 13-3 Leicester
Wasps are buzzing as Mark van Gisbergen slots another penalty.

21 mins: A brief respite for Leicester as flying winger Tom Varndell is sent on a kick chase deep into Wasps' half but Mark van Gisbergen gets there first and clears.

19 mins: From the line-out Wasps fly-half Riki Flutey throws in a big sidestep and escapes upfield. The Wasps backs are really hurting Tigers in broken field but the Leicester pack are keeping them out of further trouble. For now.

18 mins: Wasps win a free-kick yards from the Tigers line and Eoin Reddan takes a quick tap. But his short pass is wayward and Leicester win a scrum for a knock-on and they clear their lines.

17 mins: Tigers are under the cosh from wave after wave of Wasps attacks and are stretched with Dan Hipkiss and Geordan Murphy both flattened on the deck.

"Come on Tigers! We need this! Make the season count! I'm flying the flag for you on the south coast.
Emma via text

15 mins: Wasps attack down the centre again, with Lewsey, Waters and Waldouck all probing the Tigers midfield.

13 mins: "Tigers never give up - which is why they are here today."
Roadchef on 606

11 mins: TRY Wasps 10-3 Leicester
Wasps pound at the door and Julian White puts in a big hit on England team-mate Phil Vickery before flanker Tom Rees barges over. Van Gisbergen converts.

"I think it's a fair bet that whatever the outcome big Lol will be in tears at the end!"Aceinternational in Mexico on 606

9 mins: From the re-start the Tigers pack rumble forward but Wasps trap Goode in possession and snaffle the ball before building an attack down the right through Sackey and then back to the left. Eoin Reddan makes a sniping break through the middle and the Wasps surge to within yards of Leicester's line.

7 mins: PENALTY Wasps 3-3 Leicester
Leicester win a good line-out on the right and Andy Goode threads through a grubber. Wasps smother the ball and kill it and the Tigers win a penalty just yards out. The Tigers take a quick tap but the initial attack is snuffed out before Leicester win another penalty and Goode strokes it over from the 22.

4 mins: PENALTY Wasps 3-0 Leicester
Wasps win a penalty in Leicester's half and Mark van Gisbergen bangs it over.

2 mins: The Leicester pack embark on their initial softening up process, burrowing into the Wasps forwards before the ball goes wide. Wasps full-back Mark van Gisbergen is again tested with a high ball but Wasps counter down the right.

"On the walk down to the stadium Leicester shirts outnumbered Wasps jerseys by at least two to one - they are here in their hordes from the Midlands. Both teams got a massive round of applause as they finished warming up, and an even bigger one as they took the pitch before kick-off. If the game matches the atmosphere, it is going to be a classic."
BBC Sport's James Standley at Twickenham.

1503: Wasps kick-off and Riki Flutey lamps it out on the full. The scrum is set in midfield and Andy Goode lofts an up-and-under but it's too long and Mark van Gisbergen marks and clears.

1500: Tigers are out first onto the Twickenham pitch to a rapturous reception. Big Lol then leads out Wasps for the very last time. He's got that familiar grimace on the face, halfway between looking like he's about to rip someone's head off and crying.

1457: "These sides are evenly matched, but I can only see Wasps taking control and winning, Cipriani will be severely missed."
Ninja11p on 606

Might as well stick my neck on the line now and say I've got a sneaky feeling Wasps might do it, too. But I'm totally impartial, you understand.

1451: Twickers is filling up as the West Car Park swillers and those still in the bar drain their glasses. The attendance is expected to set a record for club rugby - the mark stands at 81,076, the number who watched Wasps beat the Tigers in last year's Heineken Cup final.

As you all know, the previous best for a Premiership final was 66,000 in 2005, when Wasps spoiled the party for Tigers' England legends Neil Back and Martin Johnson who were both retiring.

1448: "Once again a Saturday morning here in Mexico is being spent in my office screaming at my PC! Should be a fascinating battle, as a Tigers fan I'm hoping the ridiculous play-off system does us more favours!!"
Aceinternational on 606

1440: The Wasps boys are out on the park in their kit, save for fully logo-ed up black T-shirts instead of playing jerseys. Lawrence Dallaglio is in the thick of things, barking, pointing, hectoring. He'll be like this for the next 80 or so minutes, but will it be in vain?

Up the other end, the Tigers couldn't give a monkey's about Dallaglio. They want to win for winning's sake. Though you suspect they would very much enjoy pooping his party.

1435: Let's just remind ourselves of the teams again. Remember, there's no wonder boy Danny Cipriani for Wasps after his ankle dislocation. Instead, Riki Flutey stands in at fly-half opposite mercurial Tigers stand-off Andy Goode. How costly could that prove for Wasps?

Wasps: Mark Van Gisbergen, Paul Sackey, Fraser Waters, Dominic Waldouck, Josh Lewsey, Riki Flutey, Eoin Reddan, Tim Payne, Raphael Ibanez, Phil Vickery, Simon Shaw, Tom Palmer, James Haskell, Tom Rees, Lawrence Dallaglio (capt).
Replacements: Joe Ward, Pat Barnard, Richard Birkett, Joe Worsley, Mark McMillan, Jeremy Staunton, John Hart

Leicester: Geordan Murphy, Tom Varndell, Dan Hipkiss, Aaron Mauger, Alesana Tuilagi, Andy Goode, Harry Ellis, Boris Stankovich, Mefin Davies, Julian White, Marco Wentzel, Ben Kay, Martin Corry (capt), Ben Herring, Jordan Crane.
Replacements: Ben Kayser, Marcos Ayerza, Richard Blaze, Tom Croft, Christophe Laussucq, Sam Vesty, Ayoola Erinle

1430: Not long now folks, not long. Wasps v Leicester for the title. That's pretty tasty in itself. Then factor in the rivalry of the two clubs and big Lol bowing out and you've got a pretty potent mix. Let's rock.

1400: "Spotted the first Wasps shirt at Baker Street, with the first Leicester strip appearing at Green Park, on the way to Waterloo.

"More Tigers on the concourse at Waterloo, though, just as many as Wasps, with a fair smattering of shirts from other Premiership clubs.

"Unsurprisingly, Wasps fans think Wasps will win and vice versa, although most think it will be close.

"At Twickenham's famous Cabbage Patch pub the consensus is it will be physical.

"William, a Leicester fan, has been having a horrible recurring daydream of 'Dallaglio's big grinning head as he holds aloft the trophy'.

"He thinks the back row battle will be huge - Leicester's power against Wasps moblity - and tips Leicester by seven.

"His cousin Katie, a Waps fan, hopes they win because it would be a nice send off for Dallaglio. She also thinks they deserve some luck having lost Danny Cipriani to a horriffic ankle injury, and is tipping Wasps by five.

William's brother Simon is a Bath fan, and keeping a brave face surrounded by enemy hordes. His tip is Leicester by five because Andy Goode will run the game better than replacement Wasps fly-half Riki Flutey."
BBC Sport's James Standley, on the way to Twickenham.


see also
Wasps v Leicester
31 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Johnson praises Dallaglio career
30 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Corry focused on winning finale
30 May 08 |  Leicester
Dallaglio's last stand
30 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Loffreda upbeat on Tigers future
28 May 08 |  Leicester
Kay wants Tigers to end on a high
16 Apr 08 |  Leicester
Tigers losing their bite?
14 Apr 08 |  Leicester
Leicester 34-24 Wasps
22 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union


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