23 May, 12:21
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
The English champions had the quarter-final all but wrapped up at half-time where they had established a 16 point lead. Now they will travel to Dublin to face Munster in the last four at Lansdowne Road on April 25.
Last season Wasps were the first club to win the English title following a play-off final, thrashing Gloucester 39-3 at Twickenham. That result was made all the more bitter for the Cherry and Whites, coached by former Wasps chief Nigel Melville, as they had finished the regular season 15 points clear of their second-placed rivals.
And it was a similar story on Sunday when Wasps established a 19-3 half-time lead. They outscored Gloucester three tries to nil in the opening period - including a controversial penalty try awarded by French referee Joel Jutge. It was not until the 18th minute that hosts Wasps opened the scoring after dominating territory. England lock Simon Shaw won a lineout on the far side and the ball was worked across field where hooker Trevor Leota fed Rob Howley. The former Wales scrum-half exchanged passes on the blindside with Stuart Abbott before bursting through the cover for a well-worked try. Fly-half Alex King converted and Wasps were 7-0 up.
But barely a minute later Gloucester hit back when, following flanker Paul Volley's late tackle on scrum-half Duncan McRae, Henry Paul landed a penalty.
Wasps dominated territory but struggled to convert that into points with King missing three goalkicks. But that chnaged in the 37th minute.
The hosts drove from a lineout and Gloucester initially infringed by coming in from the side of a rolling maul. When the maul collapsed closed to the Gloucester line, Jutge signalled a penalty try although it was by no means certain that Wasps would have crossed for a score. King converted and Wasps were 14-3 up.
Worse followed for Gloucester when hooker Chris Fortey was sin-binned by Jutge in first-half injury-time, the official losing patience with the visitors after they had repeatedly come in from the wrong side.
Wasps capitalised immediately on their man advantage, taking an attacking penalty and driving over England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, the No.8 buried under a pile of bodies as he went over for the try in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Then, just two minutes into the second half with Gloucester still down to 14 men, Samoa's Leota powered over for Wasps's fourth try.
Dallaglio was sin-binned for a needless fracas with fellow England World Cup-winner and Gloucester prop Trevor Woodman in the 58th minute but Melville's side were unable to make anything of their man advantage. Instead King's penalty and a stoppage time try by replacement Ayoola Erinle piled on the misery for Gloucester.