Wasps gave international players Dan Robson, Joe Launchbury, Jack Willis and Will Rowlands a break after a comfortable win over the Dragons last week. However, with Immelman’s help, they still have the strength to gain 5 more points.
Alex Lozowski and Yvan Reilhac scored Montpellier, with Benoit Paillaugue converting both after they met an early defeat as full-back Immelman was sent off for a high challenge with Will Porter. They should have had the lead only when the Paillaugue hit the ball off target with a direct penalty.
Two minutes later, the Paillaugue had another simple chance but again shot far away before Gopperth had his only chance but also missed out with an effort from 35 meters.
Neither side threatened the test track in the discrete first half that ended goalless before the French side took another hit as half-fly Louis Foursans were helped with leg injury. Wasps were slow to put their game together, but it seemed it was only a matter of time before their numerical advantage could come to fruition and they took the lead in the 23rd minute when Barbeary finished successive drive forward blows to rush forward.
Playing with the wind, the away team played better in the first half hour in terms of possession and territory but on the contrary, Wasps scored the second. In the round of 22 hosts, Montpellier lost control of the ball, causing the home team to fail, when Gaskell came in from 25 yards after a precise pass from Tom Cruse.
The away team deserved something for their mental efforts and were paid off as Lozowski clinched a loose ball to get past the cushioning defense, with a Paillaugue transition prompting his side He was 12-7 ahead of time. Six minutes after starting again, Montpellier took the lead before substitute Reilhac arrived after several forward runs sucked in the Wasps defense.
However, the lead lasted only two minutes as Odogwu slammed into the backwaters after a quick strike from Barbeary to put the midfielder into the net. Barbeary brilliantly scored his second as Montpellier failed to stop the power from close range, but the number eight later cleared his book by being shown a yellow card for intentionally deviating.
The visitors were unable to take advantage of Barbeary’s absence, so Wasps stayed in the end as Atkinson drowned in the last minute.