Brady try sees off Wasps

Date published: October 5 2014

Sale picked up their second win of the season with a 25-14 victory over in-form Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Sale picked up their second win of the season with a 25-14 victory over in-form Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Wasps still have just one win in their last 11 games away at Sharks, and never really threatened to change that in a strangely limp display.

Steve Diamond was unhappy at how easily his side were turned over at Saracens last week, and they gave him much to cheer despite Danny Cipriani having an off day with the boot.

Sale showed their intent from the off, with Cipriani kicking into the corner despite a chance to get an early three points on the board.

They were rewarded for their adventurous approach, as they cranked up the gears and eventually worked the ball wide for Tom Arscott, who slid in from a tight angle for his fifth try of the season, a league high.

Wasps grew into the game, and had Sale under relentless pressure for large periods.

That pressure told, not only when Michael Paterson was sent to the sin-bin, but also when Nathan Hughes barged past Tom Brady to give Dai Young’s men their first score of the day. Cipriani wasn’t having the best of days, missing his early conversion attempt and pulling two penalties wide which would have put Sharks back in front.

After a rather soft yellow card was given to Will Helu, which will no doubt be the topic of debate for most considering the harsh nature of the call, the game began to open up again.

Christian Wade is one of the brightest talents in English rugby, but his catastrophic error allowed the home side to take the lead again.

Chris Cusiter charged down Charlie Davies’ attempted box kick, with Wade having the simple task of touching the ball down in his own try area.

He fumbled the ball as it bounced though, and Cusiter was alert enough to pick up and touch down with a smart finish. Cipriani converted, but missed yet another penalty on the stroke of half time.

Sale’s lead would have been bigger had the England hopeful been more accurate, but they still went into the break 12-7 ahead.

Stuart Lancaster was in attendance at the AJ Bell stadium, and despite Cipriani’s troubles in the first half, will have been impressed with his drop goal and penalty at the start of the second, his points putting his former side 11 points behind.

The visitors were full of endeavour, and dominated possession and territory, with sloppy errors keeping them from getting back into the game It was a Sharks error which allowed the away side back into the game though.

Wade atoned for his mistake in the first half, wriggling through some weak defending to make it a four point game.

But Brady went in late on to secure a big victory for Sale, who will hope they are now out of their early season slump.

The scorers:

For Sale:
Tries: Arscott, Cusiter, Brady
Cons: Cipriani 2
Pen: Cipriani
Drop Goal: Cipriani
Yellow Card: Paterson

For Wasps:
Tries: Hughes, Wade
Cons: Goode 2
Yellow Card: Helu

Sale: Luke McLean, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Mark Easter 7 David Seymour, 6 Magnus Lund, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 19 Josh Beaumont, 20 Viliami Fihaki, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Mark Cueto.

Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Will Helu, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Guy Thompson, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 James Gaskell, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 John Yapp.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Andrea Masi, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau.

Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe, Paul Burton
TMO: Keith Lewis