Llanelli Scarlets 17 Wasps 33: Waters and Flutey central to Wasps' walloping of Scarlets

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Five minutes before kick-off at Stradey Park on Saturday evening Wasps' director of rugby, Ian McGeechan, strode out to the centre-circle and laid a wreath in honour of Ray Gravell. It seemed fitting that what followed should be a master class of modern-day centre play.

"Grav" would have appreciated it, while lamenting what it did to his beloved Llanelli. The Scarlets are not accustomed to being beaten on their own patch in the Heineken Cup, let alone to being hammered.

Riki Flutey and Fraser Waters carved them up. It started with the first of Wasps' five tries, Flutey making a half-break out on the left on the quarter-hour, drawing in two defenders and offloading to Waters, who made it across the line.

Waters also scored the second try for the reigning European champions (after a nifty pick up and a slick exchange of passes with Simon Shaw), supplied the scoring pass for the third (to George Skivington), and combined superbly with his partner to put Flutey into the right corner for the fifth. The veteran took the man-of-the-match honours but Flutey was no less impressive; and neither, for that matter, was Danny Cipriani, whose shrewd manoeuvring was behind much of the mayhem wrought by Wasps. The fly-half scored the fourth, bonus-point try with 15 minutes remaining.

Three weeks past his 20th birthday, Cipriani is starting to look an England No 10 in the making. He also happens to be dating one half of the Cheeky Girls – the half not attached to Lembit Opik, that is.

Whether Flutey is an England No 12 in the making remains to be seen. He does, after all, feature as a singer on a CD of Maori songs and as a player made appearances at every junior age-group for New Zealand (alongside contemporaries such as Richie McCaw, Jerry Collins and Aaron Mauger).

Flutey – described by Shaun Edwards, Wasps' hard-to-please head coach, as "world class" – will qualify for England on residential grounds at the end of the season.

"It's not going to be an easy decision if I do got the opportunity to represent England," the summer recruit from London Irish said. "I did the haka right the way through to the Maori team. It would be pretty difficult playing against my old team."

It was not quite so difficult for Waters when England came calling for him. He was born in Cape Town but lived in Red Rose country from the age of 10. There again, at 31 he has only been invited for national service on three occasions, the most recent three years ago.

Llanelli Scarlets: Tries Easterby, M Jones; Conversions S Jones 2; Penalty S Jones. Wasps: Tries Waters 2, Skivington, Cipriani, Flutey; Conversions Cipriani 4.

Llanelli Scarlets M Stoddart; M Jones, R King, Gavin Evans, M Watkins (D Daniel, 80); S Jones (R Priestland, 80), D Peel (L Davies, 80); I Thomas, M Rees (J Hayter, 17), D Manu, V Cooper (A Eustace, 72), S MacLeod, S Easterby (capt), G Thomas, A Popham (N Thomas, 72).

Wasps: M van Gisbergen; P Sackey, F Waters (J Lewsey, 72), R Flutey (D Walder, 75), T Voyce; D Cipriani (S Amor, 73), E Reddan; T Payne (Holford, 77), R Ibanez, N Adams, S Shaw (R Birkett, 60), G Skivington, J Hart, T Rees, L Dallaglio (capt, J Haskell, 58).

Referee: A Rolland (Ireland).

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