Five-try Wasps put Sale to the sword

Date published: January 4 2015

Wasps continued with their fine form at the Ricoh Arena, scoring five tries in their 41-16 victory over Sale on Sunday.

Three tries from James Haskell, Nathan Hughes and Joe Simpson put Wasps firmly in the lead at half time with a penalty and drop goal from Andy Goode adding to the score.

Sale’s reply came from three penalties courtesy of Joe Ford but the visitors still had a mountain to climb, with the score at 27-9 at half time.

A second try for Simpson and one for Ashley Johnson in the second half secured the convincing victory for the Wasps. Sale did manage to get a try on the board courtesy of Andrei Ostrikov but in the end it proved a mere consolation as they went down 41-16.

Goode opened the scoring for Wasps with a penalty in just the second minute of the game, which was quickly followed by a penalty for Sharks’ Ford.

Just a minute after the Sharks got even, Wasps skipper Haskell was on the end of a superb break by Christian Wade to wrap up the try.

Ford missed a drop goal attempt before claiming another penalty to keep his team in the contest. However, the home side had something to say about that, when Hughes sprinted under the posts as the result of excellent play from the combination of Rob Miller and Ben Jacobs.

The Sale fly-half was in again with another penalty to try and narrow the gap once again but it was soon cancelled out by a drop goal for Goode.

On the stroke of half-time, Simpson claimed Wasps’ third try and they were now marching ahead, 27-9 at the end of 40 minutes.

There was no relief for Sale as Wasps were over again in just the fourth minute of the second half when Wade once again sparked the attack and Simpson rounded it off with his second and also the bonus point try.

The home side scored again when Johnson was driven over the line by the pack and by now it was fair to say that Sale were well and truly out of the game.

James Gaskell was shown a yellow card in the 74th minute to give the Sharks an advantage in the dying minutes. They took full advantage of this in the attack as the forwards bundled over and Ostrikov managed to find the try line.

It was a consolation try for the visitors as they had to face up to a convincing 41-16 defeat.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: Simpson 2, Haskell, Hughes, Johnson
Cons: Goode 5
Pens: Goode 2
Drop goal: Goode
Yellow card: Gaskell (74th minute)

For Sale:
Tries: Ostrikov
Con: Cipriani
Pen: Ford 3

Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ben Jacobs, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 James Haskell (c), 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Bradley Davies , 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Simon McIntyr
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Alapati Leiua

Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Mark Easter, 7 David Seymour (c), 6 Magnus Lund, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Alberto de Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Josh Beaumont, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Mark Cueto

Referee: Greg Garner
Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson and Roy Maybank
Television match official: Geoff Warren