LITESPORT urday in the lively season-opening double-headeratTwickenham,which saw a red-card handed out after just 48 seconds. Betsen, born in Cameroon, emi- grated to France aged nine. He is now 35 but he has been able to maintain his reputation as one of the toughest tacklers in the game deep into the twilight of his career. His hounding of Jonny Wilkinson inFrancesSixNationsvictoryover England in 2002 may be the abidingmemoryof Betsen once he eventually hangs up his boots, but Hanks is confident there is still plenty to come. The New Zealander, who took over from Lions coach Ian McGeechan after a season of under- achievement for Wasps last winter, said: You see what Serge does on Saturdays but you want to see what he does in the week. He doesnt miss training, hes at the bottom of everything. Im not sure how he does it. If we can find out, wed definitely bottle it. Theres a reason Serge Betsen leads Wasps out; its because the boys followhim,theytrusthimandhedoes this by true devotion. Hes in the mix all the time and Im amazed what he can put his body through.If wecankeephimtogether, wed be very happy. London Lite Wednesday, 9 September 2009 41 Resurgent Wasps rely on Betsen to continue revival Power surge: Betsen, in his distinctive scrum cap, during the opening triumph over Quins WASPS head to Bath for the second game of their Premiership season on Saturday with new boss Tony Hanks insistingtheagelessSergeBetsenhas got Adams Park buzzing again. Betsen, the former France flanker, has become a key figure at the club since arriving from Biarritz last summer. Drafted in to fill the huge boots of the talismanic Lawrence Dallaglio, Betsen was handed the captains armband by Wasps during the Six Nations earlier this year. Although Eng- land interna- tional Tom Rees h a s b e e n appointed as Wasps official club captain for this season, Betsen will be inchargeonthe field until his fellow back-row forward is fit to return from a shoulder injury. His leader- sh i p s k i l l s proved crucial as Wasps came from behind to defeat London rivals Harle- quins last Sat- BY NEAL COLLINS HARLEQUINS lock George Robson is out of the Premiership clash against Leicester at The Stoop on Saturday. He is also sidelined from Quins opening two Heineken Cup pool games next month -- against Cardiff Blues and Toulouse -- after landing a six- week ban for butting Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson (left) just 48 seconds into last Saturdays opening Premiership clash at Twickenham. The minimum penalty for striking an opponent with the head is four weeks, with 12 weeks the highest punishment. Robsonmustbuttoutas QuinsprepareforTigers Sir Jackie gives Button a steer on how to win SIR JACKIE STEWART has urged Jenson Button to leave nothing to chance as the Brawn star tries to get his world championship challenge back on track. Button (right) looked nailed on to become Britains 10th Formula One drivers champion after winning six of the opening seven races of the season. But the 29-year-olds form has nose-dived in the last five Grands Prix, putting him in real danger of being remembered for one of the biggest collapses in motor racing history. And Stewart knows from painful experience the longer Button leaves it to wrap up the championship, the more chance there is of bad luck coming into play. A year before winning the first of his three titles, Stewart suffered the agony of seeing the crown slip from his grasp in the final race of the season. Hes got to drive without making errors, staying out of trouble, Stewart said. He got taken out in one of the last Grands Prix from being run into from behind. But he didnt start far enough up front, so therefore he was in a muddle where accidents can happen. I think Jenson knows what to do hes a very sensible young man. Hes mature, hes 29 years of age, a good age for a racing driver. BY GEOFF TEATHER looked nailed on to become Britains 10th Formula One drivers champion after winning six of the opening seven But the 29-year-olds form has nose-dived in the ve Grands Prix,last fi longer Button leaves championship, the more chance there is of bad his three titles, Stewart suffered the agony of seeing the crown slip from nal race of thehis grasp in the fi season. Hes got to drive without making errors, staying out of trouble, Stewart said. He got taken out in one of the last Grands Prix from being run into from behind. But he didnt start far enough up front, so therefore he was in a muddle knows what to do hes a very sensible young man. Hes mature, hes 29 years of age, a good age for a racing driver. Jonny WilkinsonHis hounding of overvictoryNationsSixFrancesin England in 2002 may be the Betsenofmemoryabiding hangseventuallyheonce up his boots, but Hanks stillistheredentconfiis Nations earlier this year. Eng-Although interna-land ReesTomtional Londondefeat HARLEQUINS lock George Robson is out of the Premiership clash against Leicester at The Stoop on Saturday. He is also sidelined from Quins opening two Heineken Cup pool games next month -- against Cardiff Blues and Toulouse -- after landing a six- asoutbuttmustRobson TigersforprepareQuins index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html