Spring­bok Carr makes pres­ence felt on de­but

The Rugby Paper - - Anglo-welsh Cup - ■ By ALEX BY­WA­TER

NIZAAM Carr showed why Wasps fans should be hugely ex­cited by his ar­rival as he scored a try in this com­fort­able win over the Ospreys.

Pow­er­ful for­ward Carr – who has five caps for South Africa – was the game’s stand-out per­former on de­but, cross­ing for Wasps’ fi­nal try in what was a dom­i­nant dis­play from the pack.

It is un­der­stood Carr is open to stay­ing on with Wasps and join­ing from the Storm­ers on a per­ma­nent deal when his cur­rent three-month con­tract ex­pires.

“It went well. It was very wet out there and dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to in Cape Town, but that’s some­thing I’ll have to get used to,” Carr said.

“This per­for­mance showed we have a lot of young tal­ent. The coaches have told me to en­joy my­self and I tried to do that. All I had to do was fall over the line for my try.”

Tries from An­to­nio Har­ris, a Bren­dan Macken brace and Guy Ar­mitage plus Carr’s ef­fort – put Wasps in to­tal con­trol. Con­nor East­gate kicked 11 points. Reuben Mor­gan Wil­liams and Ifan Phillips crossed for the Ospreys.

“My lungs were burn­ing in the sec­ond half, but I re­ally en­joyed the game,” Carr said. “The boys have wel­comed me here and I’m look­ing for­ward to this jour­ney.”

Har­ris went blind and Macken in­ter­cepted to score Wasps’ first two tries be­fore Ar­mitage made it three. East­gate booted two con­ver­sions and, at 19-0, a ham­mer­ing looked on the cards. To their credit, the Ospreys came back fight­ing.

Im­pres­sive scrum-half Mor­gan Wil­liams dived over from close range and Phillips also scored, with cap­tain Luke Price adding a con­ver­sion.

Wasps had lost Paul Do­ran-Jones to a first-half yel­low card for a pro­fes­sional foul, but it failed to stem their mo­men­tum. Ospreys were on the back foot phys­i­cally and lost too many of their own line-outs.

Ospreys failed to score af­ter the break and Carr made the game safe by pow­er­ing over. Macken added his sec­ond just af­ter the hour mark.

Act­ing Ospreys head coach Tom Smith said: “We are dis­ap­pointed – we are a com­pet­i­tive bunch and want to win. The pleas­ing thing was the en­deav­our we showed.”

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