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Wasps beaten again

23rd November 2008 16:53

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Dave Walder kicks a drop goal v Sale

Facing the drop: Wasps remain at the wrong end of the table

London Wasps' season slid into further despair on Sunday as they went down 13-12 at home to Sale in the Guinness Premiership.

Wasps lead 12-6 at half-time thanks to fly-half Dave Walder, who landed four penalties to two from Hodgson.

With just five minutes to go, and no points for either side in the second half, it looked as if Wasps may hold on for a priceless win.

Alas it was not to be as England discards Cueto and Hodgson combined to secure victory, and leave Wasps in a major battle for survival.

Wasps have the small consolation of a losing bonus point that means they are two points above bottom club Bristol.

The Scorers:

For Wasps:

Pens: Walder 4

For Sale:

Try: Cueto

Con: Hodgson

Pens: Hodgson 2

The Teams:

Wasps: 15 Lachlan Mitchell, 14 Chris Bishay, 13 Josh Lewsey, 12 Mark Van Gisbergen, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Dave Walder, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Joe Worsley, 7 Serge Betsen, 6 Dan Leo, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 George Skivington, 3 Pat Barnard, 2 Raphaël Ibañez (c), 1 Tom French.

Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Damien Varley, 18 Michael Holford, 19 John Hart, 20 Mark Robinson, 21 Hugo Ellis, 22 Jeremy Staunton.

Sale: 15 Nick Macleod, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Luke McAlister, 12 Chris Bell, 11 David Doherty, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Neil Briggs, 6 David Tait, 5 Jason White, 4 Dean Schofield, 3 Stuart Turner, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Roberts.

Replacements: 16 David Ward, 17 Rob O'Donnell, 18 Brent Cockbain, 19 Luke Abrahams, 20 Chris Leck, 21 Mathew Tait, 22 Andy Tuilagi.

Referee: Dean Richards

Touch judges: Brian Robertson, Roger Baileff

Assessor: Tony Spreadbury

Television match official: John Burtenshaw

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