Gopperth, Piutau take Wasps to Cup semis

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    10 Apr 2016     Getty Images

And the sideline conversion that Gopperth landed was to convert a try scored by fullback and former All Blacks and Blues player Charlie Piutau.

The goal completed a remarkable comeback by the Wasps who were 13 points behind with 20 minutes to play.

Exeter, spearheaded by Gopperth's former Hurricanes team-mate No.8 Thomas Waldrom who scored two first-half tries, had taken a powerful forward game to the Wasps during the first hour, but tired in the final quarter.

Exeter used the driving maul from lineouts to effect again, as they had when the sides met in December, with Waldrom scoring a hat-trick on that occasion, and Waldrom scored the first try of the game from that ploy.

He followed that with an intercept try just before half-time.

However, the Piatau brothers combined to create a try for Wasps just after half-time. Siale's break created a chance for halfback Dan Robson to chip a kick to Charles Piutau who scored in the corner.

Wasps were rejuvenated by their bench and with Siale Piutau put former All Blacks and Blues wing Frank Halai into space he did the business and scored. Gopperth's conversion got Wasps to six points behind.

Then with the pressure on the breakthrough came when man of the match Charles Piutau scored his second to set up Gopperth's conversion chance.

Wasps coach Dai Young said afterwards, "We felt if we kept on playing and kept knocking on that door, at some stage it would open for us, but it would have been a lot better for the nerves if it had been in the 29th rather than the 79th minute.

"Fair play to Jimmy, you've got to give him credit as it wasn't an easy kick. Not many people in the stadium were watching it with two eyes open, and if it was going a little bit to the left the Wasps fans blew it back in," he said.

Wasps will play Saracens in the semi-finals after Saracens ended Northampton's run 29-20 in a fortnight.