Leaders Wasps secure bonus-point win over Gloucester

Jimmy Gopperth is the Premiership's leading points scorer this season
Aviva Premiership
Wasps (15) 35
Tries: Gopperth 3, Le Roux, Wade Cons: Gopperth 2 Pens: Gopperth 2
Gloucester (10) 22
Tries: Hook, Halaifonua, Scott Cons: Twelvetrees 2 Pens: Twelvetrees

Jimmy Gopperth scored a hat-trick as Premiership leaders Wasps secured a bonus-point win over Gloucester.

Kiwi Gopperth crossed out wide and from a driving maul in between James Hook's try, as Wasps led 15-10 at half-time.

David Halaifonua scored just after the break for the Cherry and Whites before South Africa international Willie Le Roux replied on his first start.

Max Scott burst through to give Gloucester hope, but Gopperth's third and Christian Wade's try proved enough.

Gopperth scored 25 of Wasps' points in a game where Gloucester kept in touch until the closing stages.

Dai Young's side have gone six points clear at the top of the table and have now won their last 15 league games in Coventry, since Saracens were victorious in December 2015.

After his debut as a replacement in the loss at Sale, winger Le Roux made his full debut for Wasps and showed some classy touches before he crossed from close range.

The Cherry and Whites sit in ninth after the defeat, and have lost their last five away games in the Premiership.

Wasps: Beale; Wade, Gopperth, Eastmond, Le Roux; Cipriani, Simpson; Mullan (capt), Taylor, Cooper-Woolley, Symons, Gaskell, Johnson, Young, Rieder.

Replacements: Festuccia, McIntyre, Moore, Rowlands, Willis, Robson, Leiua, Bassett.

Gloucester: Marshall; Sharples, Scott, Twelvetrees, Halaifonua; Hook, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Hibbard, Doran-Jones, Savage, Thrush, Ludlow, Rowan, Morgan.

Replacements: Matu'u, Orr, Afoa, Galarza, Kalamafoni, Braley, Trinder, Purdy.

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