16 May, 17:08
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England captain Lawrence Dallaglio could only watch in horror yesterday as his side were turned over, and sensationally knocked out of the Powergen Cup.
There was no Dallaglio, Joe Worsley, Josh Lewsey or Alex King, but when Wasps ran in three tries in 13 minutes midway through the first half to open up a 19-11 interval lead, there was no suggestion a shock of biblical proportions was on the cards.
Wasps still had England lock Simon Shaw in their pack, England centre Stuart Abbott in midfield, and Wales and Lions legend Rob Howley on the bench.
But it wasn't enough. "We didn't think we underestimated them but I have to say it didn't look as though we were quite up for it," said Wasps coach Warren Gatland.
"No excuses. We didn't deserve to win. They did. It was a bit of a reality check for us and a few individuals who perhaps thought they were a little bit better than they are."
Nick Baxter and Aaron Takarangi scored Bees' two tries in the space of three minutes either side of half-time and Bees No. 10 Mark Woodrow did the rest, kicking six penalty goals and therefore 18 points
"They were expected to wipe the floor with us," said the 24-year-old Woodrow. "We had everything to gain and nothing to lose and they had pretty much everything to lose. But when I saw their team I thought we had a good chance. I think they underestimated us," he told Alix Spink of the Daily Mirror.
London Wasps will play Gloucester Rugby in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals on Sunday April 11.