Wasps extend unbeaten run at home against Sale

Joe Launchbury will captain Wasps

London Wasps extended their unbeaten run at home to eight matches when they beat Sale Sharks 25-18 at Adams Park in the Aviva Premiership.


Sale Sharks have only one match in their last 12 Aviva Premiership matches as their last win was against London Irish on the 2nd of November and they won 21-9 at home.


In contrast London Wasps have played eight Premiership matches at home this season and won all eight.

The hosts headed into the clash on the back of a morale-boosting victory over
Bayonne, while Sale had been thumped by Toulon just a week earlier.

But the visitors showed plenty of heart despite falling behind to Stephen Jones’
touchline penalty on ten minutes. 3-0 then became 6-0 twelve minutes later when
Jones hit the target from long range following an infringement at the scrum.

Rob Miller got Sale’s first points a few minutes later with a well-struck penalty,
after he’d missed the chance to level the scores earlier in the game.

The Sharks then hit the front on 27 minutes when Sam Tuitupou burst through
before feeding Richie Vernon for a great try.

The conversion was missed though, and Elliot Daly’s penalty in the closing
minutes of the first half put Sale back in front.

Two further penalties from Jones early in the second half put Wasps further
in front, though the two strikes were sandwiched around a second three-pointer
from Miller, which kept the Sharks within an unconverted try.

The pivotal score came on 52 minutes and in some style. Thomas was the man
to get over the line but it was Billy Vunipola’s sublime sidestep that created
the opening for his team-mate to cross.

Jones’ conversion made it 22-11 and it remained that way until the dying minutes,
when Nick Robinson’s penalty put 14 between the two teams.

Johnny Leota crossed for a late consolation try, converted by Miller, to secure
a deserved losing bonus point for Sale, though Wasps emerged as worthy winners
at Adams Park.

Final Score London Wasps (9) 25 Sale Sharks (8) 18


Scorers


London Wasps
Tries: Thomas
Cons: Jones
Pens: Jones 4, Daly, Robinson


Sale
Tries: Vernon, Leota
Cons: Miller
Pens: Miller 2


Match Officials
Referee:
JP Doyle (51st Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Watson, Andrew Pearce.
TMO: Geoffrey Warren


Teams


London Wasps


15 Hugo Southwell (c), 14 Elliot Daly, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 T Rhys Thomas ,1 Zak Taulafo


Replacements:16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Tim Payne, 18 Will Taylor, 19 James Cannon, 20 Jonathan Poff, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Nick Robinson, 23 Chris Mayor


Sale Sharks:


15. Rob Miller , 14. Mark Jennings , 13. Johnny Leota , 12. Sam Tuitupou , 11. Mark Cueto , 10. Nick Macleod , 9. Will Cliff , 8. Richie Vernon, 7. David Seymour (capt.), 6. James Gaskell , 5. Kearnan Myall , 4. Richie Gray , 3. Eifion Lewis-Roberts , 2. Marc Jones ,1. Ross Harrison


Replacements: 16. Aston Croall , 17. Vadim Cobilas , 18. Tony Buckley , 19. Fraser McKenzie , 20. Andy Powell , 21. Cillian Willis , 22. Corne Uys , 23. Tom Brady

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