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24 Feb 2012: Wasps v Sale Sharks

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Match Report
Sharks's Badge Sale Sharks 46
Wasps's Badge Wasps 34
Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership Venue: Edgeley Park
Match Date: Fri 24 Feb 2012, Kick Off: 19:45
Referee: Sean Davey Assistant Referee: Robin Goodliffe
Assistant Referee: Alan Hughes

Wasps well beaten at Sale

Wasps 34 - 46 Sale Sharks

Wasps came away with nothing from their trip north to Sale when a dominant performance from the home side saw them win 46-34.

Despite a spirited last 20 minutes in which Wasps grabbed two late tries to push themselves back into contention for two points from this game the clock wound down on the visitors who were to rue giving Sale far too many easy points in the first hour of the game.

The home side dominated throughout led brilliantly by the impressive halfback pairing of Dwayne Peel and Nick MacLeod.

Tom Prydie got into the game early for Wasps with a nice break out wide after just a few minutes but it was the home side who impressed most early on as they launched wave after wave of attack at their opponents.

With Sale fly-half Nick MacLeod regularly calling on former Wasp Andy Powell to launch attacks in the midfield the visitors struggled early on to halt the pressure which finally told on 8 minutes when captain Sam Tuitupou went over for the easiest of scores.

Sale had won a penalty which MacLeod put in the corner and with Powell running hard and getting over the gainline the ball was spun wide where Tuitupou ghosted straight over. The conversion made it 7-0.

Wasps hit back right away with a penalty from Elliot Daly with the young centre taking on a long-range kick which was won after an excellent counter attack from Hugh Southwell forced Sale to hold on on the deck.

Daly had another shot minutes later as Sale conceded a penalty at the restart for being in front of the kicker and once again the young centre had no problem with the distance, slotting it with something to spare.

Daly then put Wasps 9-7 in front with a third effort after brilliance pressure in defence from Nic Berry and James Cannon from a line-out forced Dwayne Peel backwards and Daly put it over with confidence,

Wasps were then forced into a huge effort in defence as the home side got right back into the game making their way into the Wasps 22.

Tom Prydie was forced into a try saving tackle on one wing, and then Jack Wallace repeated the feat on the other but the pressure eventually told as Wasps made a hash of their clearance and Peel grabbed a ricochet to touch down out wide.

MacLeod scored the conversion as the home side took a 14-9 lead but then Wasps scored a try almost immediately. Southwell counter attacked well, collecting the ball again on the second phase of play and then putting a kick into the Sale 22 where Andy Powell was waiting to gather. Powell though, who had been immense going forward for the home side, spilled the catch and Dom Waldouck was on hand to hack it through and score to level the game at 14-14.

But the home side then took control for the remainder of the half. MacLeod booted a penalty and then it was Tuitupou who grabbed a second try when put in space by Peel he made no mistake with a chip and chase to beat Southwell to the try line.

Wasps were close to conceding a fourth try before the break as Sale hammered away at their tryline but they were content with a MacLeod try to go 25-14 ahead at the break.

Wasps started the second half strongly with Joe Launchbury getting on the ball early but the visitors were guilty of conceding soft penalties at the breakdown handing the initiative.

Joe Simpson replaced Nic Berry. Better work from Wasps on the deck then forced a penalty. Elliot Daly stepped up to shoot at goal again and put it another fine strike to get his side back into the game 17-25.

Wasps then went down to 14 men when Jack Wallace was yellow carded for failing to roll away on the deck and Sale went for the kill with a kick to the corner instead of a shot at the posts.

Their attacking attitude was rewarded when Andy Powell scored from a simple pass from Peel after Wasps ran out of numbers on the right wing.

Wasps replied with a penalty shot from Daly which sailed over but it was to be his last action of the game as he hobbled off to be replaced by Paul Emerick.

Emerick made an instant impression with an intercept which saw him race through but Wasps couldn’t recycle quickly enough and the chance went begging.

From the scrum Sale launched a superb attack first through Powell and then Peel and Wasps fell off far too many tackles to hald the pressure as Sale marched up the pitch and Johnny Leota crashed over. The conversion from MacLeod put the game way beyond Wasps’ reach at 39-20.

Sale rubbed salt into the wounds when another brilliant piece of attack brought another try – this time from Rob Miller, brilliantly finished out wide and MacLeod had no problem with the conversion as his side went 46-20 ahead.

Wasps though didn’t throw in the towel and scored two excellent tries in quick succession.

They both came from Joe Simpson, the first from a well worked catch and drive and the second from a brilliant break from the base of a ruck. Both were converted by Robinson to make it 46-34 with 8 minutes to go and Wasps were suddenly chasing what had seemed a very unlikely losing bonus point

Wasps to their credit threw everything they could at the visitors hammering away in their 22 and going very close with a race through from Waldouck.

A 5 metre scrum gave them their last chance with just a minute on the clock but it was too little too late as the ball came loose and the whistle blew.

London Wasps

15 Hugo Southwell , 14 Tom Prydie , 13 Elliot Daly , 12 Dom Waldouck , 11 Jack Wallace , 10 Nick Robinson , 9 Nic Berry , 1 Tim Payne , 2 Tom Lindsay , 3 Ben Broster , 4 James Cannon , 5 Marco Wentzel (c ) , 6 Joe Launchbury , 7 Jonathan Poff , 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Vladislav Korshunov , 17 Zak Taulafo , 18 Simon McIntyre , 19 Ed O'Donoghue , 20 Sam Jones , 21 Joe Simpson , 22 Ryan Davis , 23 Paul Emerick

Sale Sharks

15.Rob Miller, 14.Tom Brady, 13.Johnny Leota, 12.Sam Tuitupou (capt.), 11.Mark Cueto, 10.Nick Macleod, 9.Dwayne Peel, 1.Andrew Sheridan, 2.Marc Jones, 3.Vadim Cobilas, 4.Andrei Ostrikov, 5.Kearnan Myall, 6.James Gaskell, 7.David Seymour, 8.Andy Powell.
Replacements: 16.Joe Ward, 17.Ross Harrison, 18.Tony Buckley, 19.Onosa'i Auva’a, 20.Mark Easter, 21.Cillian Willis, 22.Luther Burrell, 23.Joaquin Tuculet