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Wasps A lost 22-18 to Bath United Monday but not for want of work from USA center Paul Emerick.
Playing on the wing for Wasps A, Emerick was outstanding, thundering over two defenders in an early movement and then setting up captain Chris Mayor for a try that put Wasps up 10-5.
Emerick took over the attack late in the game with Wasps down 22-13. He was a terror, bashing his way through a number of tackles and causing the Bath defence some real problems. His attempts were in vain though and Wasps were not able to take advantage as errors proved costly in the final phases.
His no-quit attitude, however, helped keep Wasps motivated and they scored on
a backline move from a lineout. It was all too late, thought.
Derek Asbun was a sub at hooker for Wasps A. But the key performance was that of Emerick, who turned many heads with his powerful running and uncompromising attitude.
Emerick said last week he is not too concerned about breaking into the starting lineup for the Wasps 1st 15. At least, not yet.
"[I have] settled in and [am] getting comfortable with team calls and that," Emerick told RUGBYMag.com. "Missing the preseason was tough, puts you behind a bit. But the season has started, so getting reps in with the first team can be sparse. It's a long season, there will be game time somewhere along the line. Also, at my age it's not necessarily a bad thing that I'm playing 30-odd games a year. It helps keep me fresh and allows me to concentrate on my training."