February 29 down the years
Wasps dumped out of Powergen Cup
Pertemps Bees celebrate dumping Wasps out of the Powergen Cup on this day in 2004
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National Division One side Pertemps Bees scored a major upset with a 28-24 victory over Premiership side Wasps in their Powergen Cup quarter-final clash at Adams Park. Wasps' boss Warren Gatland made a massive error in underestimating his side's lower league rivals and was punished for fielding just six first-team regulars. "The win is a great advert for rugby in our division," commented Bees coach Phil Maynard. "The Zurich Premiership have been trying to shut out our league and ignore us for a very long time. Hopefully, this victory opened up a few eyes and highlighted that there is good rugby beyond the Premiership. This is certainly the greatest moment in my rugby career." The Bees were hammered 5-3 by Newcastle in the semi-finals with the Falcons edging out Sale Sharks 37-33 in the Twickenham finale.
The Guinness Premiership match between Newcastle and Wasps was postponed after high winds snapped a post and blew off part of the Kingston Park roof. The 10,200 sell-out game was called off 90 minutes before kick-off on the grounds of spectator safety.