By Nik Simon for the Daily Mail
Published: 20:56 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 20:57 BST, 9 September 2020
Suddenly, it all made sense why Alfie Barbeary was given a private tour of England's team hotel during the Six Nations. The 19-year-old has long been tipped as a star of a future and he marked his first Premiership start with a stunning hat-trick.
Usually a hooker, Barbeary was handed his full debut in the No 6 jersey and he was unstoppable as he scored three tries in 16 minutes. The youngster described it as a 'dream come true', before returning home to his parents with the play-offs firmly in his sights.
'I can't really believe it,' said Barbeary.
Wasps ran riot to condemn Leicester Tigers to their heaviest Premiership defeat at 54-7
Tigers went ahead in the match but were second best throughout in a sorry showing
'I grew up watching Wasps, so to make my Premiership debut in the Ricoh and for it to go so well... I'm really chuffed. It's a dream come true.
'I've been training with Wasps a lot over the summer and I had drips and drabs with them when I was at school. I'm loving it.
'Mum and dad are watching at home and I imagine they are going a bit mental.. I saw them, they sent a photo on the big screen.'
Barbeary's tries sent Leicester