Although Hendon Coach Phil Smith was forced to make 5 changes to the previous weeks winning formula, mainly due to hard pitch injuries, the replacements to the squad performed well against a formidable Wasps outfit.
Hendon Forwards were in action from the kick off with a well worked driving maul from a penalty line out for 2nd row Pavilonis Vytantas ( Vytas) to score out wide 0-5.
From the restart Wasps could not handle several attacking moves from Hendon with flanker Rossa Dooley finishing the attack with the try converted by Cian Hynes giving the visitors a 0-12 lead after 6 mins.
Wasps then responded with their first attempt into Hendon territory only to be penalised, with Hynes slotting a long kick inside the Wasps 22. The Hendon line-out was won by Wasps but Hendon prop Nick Andrews gained possession to crash through the defensive cover and scored the try out wide, converted by Hynes 0-19.
20 mins and Wasps came into the game, scoring from a short penalty and driving over for a converted try closing the score to 10-19. From the 2nd restart Vytas managed to crash through the Wasps defence, setting up a great carry for winger Will Theaker to cross the whitewash for Hendon’s bonus point try for a halftime score of 10-24.
On a superb Wasps pitch, Hendon went into the second period with the breeze and sun on their backs to take full advantage of the conditions.
1st to score was full back Chris Kyingi after another forwards maul led by returning players Donal O’Sullivan and Paul Julian. 10-29 Hendon. Then came the try of the day from the restart with Dooley taking possession on the Hendon 10 and sprinting through the Wasps defence to score 10-34.
To Wasps credit they lifted their game as Hendon defended their line for 10 mins against 5 Wasps scrums, eventually scoring from close range as Hendon were reduced to 14 due to a technical infringement. 17-34. Backline moves were orchestrated by scrum half Billy Burrell with all being stopped by Wasps until the last play of the match, with winger Theaker scoring the last and 7th try converted by Hynes for a final score of 17-41.
Captain Cian Hynes was full of praise for his team, reminding them however there was still much to work to be done at training before this Saturdays encounter at home against Verulamians.