Sale Sharks edge Wasps at the death

Sale Sharks earned their second Aviva Premiership victory of the season when they beat Wasps 25-14 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.

Final Score Sale Sharks 25 (12) Wasps 14 (7)

Scorers

Sale Sharks
Tries – Arscott, Cusiter, Brady
Pen – Cipriani
Con – Cipriani 2
Drop – Cipriani
Cards –

Wasps
Tries – Hughes, Wade
Pen –
Con – Goode, Miller
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee
: Luke Pearce (31st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe and Paul Burton
TMO: Keith Lewis

Teams

Sale Sharks

15 Luke McLean, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Chris Cusiter, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Vadim C

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