Sale Sharks come good against London Wasps

Sale Sharks did their hopes of staying in the Premiership the world of good on Friday when they beat London Wasps by 19 points to 8 at Edgeley Park.  


Both teams scored one try a piece but London Wasps discipline let them down and Charlie Hodgson and Richard Wigglesworth kicked four penalties which made the difference.


Charlie Hodgson’s reliable boot put the hosts in front in the opening half as he slotted three unanswered penalties to give the Sharks a 9-0 lead at the break.


Wasps sprung to life 11 minutes into the second period, scoring their first points of the clash and closing the gap to four points thanks to centre Ben Jacobs’ try.

However, the five-pointer was negated only two minutes later as scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth scored the home side’s opening try before Hodgson made it 16-5.

Wasps substitute Danny Cipriani, who came on for Dave Walder at the break, reduced the lead to eight points with a penalty in the 55th minute, but Sale’s crucial win was secured with a late three-pointer from Wigglesworth.

The win sees Sale leap-frog Worcester and Leeds Carnegie to move into 10th place on the Premiership table.

Final Score Sale Sharks 19 (9) London Wasps 8 (0)


Sale Sharks
Tries – Wigglesworth
Pen – Hodgson 3,Wigglesworth
Con – Hodgson
Drop –

London Wasps
Tries – Jacobs
Pen – Cipriani
Con –
Drop –


Sale Sharks: 15. Marika Vakacegu 14. Dafydd James 13. Jonny Kennedy 12. Nick Macleod 11. Ben Cohen 10. Charlie Hodgson 9. Richard Wigglesworth 1. Eifion Roberts 2. Neil Briggs 3. Jack Forster 4. Chris Jones 5. Dean Schofield 6. Sisa Koyamaibole 7. Luke Abraham 8. Kris Ormsby

Replacements: 16. Marc Jones 17. Gavin Kerr 18. Rob O’Donnell 19. Sean Cox 20. Carl Fearns 21. David Seymour 22. Chris Leck 23. David Bishop

London Wasps: 15. Mark van Gisbergen 14. Paul Sackey 13. Ben Jacobs 12. Steve Kefu 11. David Lemi 10. Dave Walder 9. Warren Fury 1. Zak Taulafo 2. Rob Webber 3. Ben Broster 4. Marty Veale 5. Daniel Leo 6. John Hart 7. Serge Betsen Tchoua 8. Dan Ward-Smith

Replacements: 16. Tom Lindsay 17. Gabriel Bocca 18. Bob Baker 19. Will Matthews 20. Hugo Ellis 21. Danny Cipriani 22. Dominic Waldouck 23. Tom Varndell

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