28 - 18
KO HT +ET FT +ET

KO: 7:45PM
Friday, November 08, 2019

Stadium The AJ Bell Stadium

Referees Tom Foley, Jack Makepeace, Andrew Jackson, Stuart Terheege

REPORT | Sale Sharks 28-18 Wasps

Despite outscoring their hosts by two tries to one, Wasps slipped to a frustrating 28-18 defeat against Steve Diamond’s Sale Sharks on a chilly night in Greater Manchester.

Rob du Preez kicked 17 points for Sale while his brother Dan scored their try, and AJ MacGinty slotted two late penalties to deny Wasps a bonus point after tries from Sione Vailanu and Zach Kibirige, along with penalties from Lima Sopoaga and Billy Searle.

Wasps created the first meaningful attack when Vailanu burst through a tackle and fed Jimmy Gopperth. The centre took play towards the 22 but a penalty was then conceded at the breakdown.

A minute later, Vailanu was penalised at another breakdown just outside his own 22, after Dan Robson appeared to have been taken out without the ball. Rob du Preez’s kick passed just inside the left post to open the scoring with six minutes gone.

Almost from the restart, Sopoaga hoisted a kick towards Juan de Jongh who was out on the left wing. He gathered and tried to pass inside to Paolo Odogwu but Simon Hammersley got a hand to the ball and was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

Wasps took immediate advantage, after sending the penalty to touch inside the 22. They won the lineout and put together an unstoppable maul which powered its way over the line, with Vailanu touching down between the posts. Sopoaga added the conversion.

Straight from the restart, Wasps knocked on and played the ball in an offside position. Du Preez went for the posts but his kick drifted just wide.

A minute later, Tommy Taylor took the ball into contact and clashed heads with Jono Ross  in a shuddering collision on halfway. Play was stopped immediately and Taylor was forced to leave the field, with Tom Cruse coming on as his replacement.

Play resumed with a Wasps scrum and strong work by the pack yielded a penalty in the middle of the field, a few metres inside the Sale half. Sopoaga sent the ball sailing between the posts to stretch the lead to 10-3, with 15 minutes played.

Sopoaga then sent a delightful chip over the defence, which Vailanu gathered on halfway. Wasps recycled with numbers out on the right, but Gopperth’s pass was intercepted by Byron McGuigan. He powered through a series of tackles before feeding Dan du Preez, who stepped inside and went over for a try. Rob du Preez converted to level things at 10-10.

Taylor returned to the action, having passed his head injury assessment. Moments later, Embrose Papier went through a gap in midfield, to race in from 60 metres, but the score was disallowed for a body check on Gopperth.

In the next passage of play, Wasps were penalised at the breakdown and Rob du Preez had a simple task to put the home side in front with 15 minutes of the half to play.

After 32 minutes, a Wasps breakdown offence gave Du Preez another kick at goal, from 40 metres. He struck it well but the ball came back off the post and Will Rowlands gathered the rebound. Wasps controlled possession well, allowing Robson to clear to halfway.

A minute before half-time, Sale sent a penalty to the corner, but Wasps stole the lineout and Robson’s clearance ended the half with the home side 13-10 ahead.

Sale started the second-half strongly, with Dan du Preez producing two skilful offloads in quick succession to take play into the Wasps 22. The attack ended with a Sale penalty and Rob du Preez was again on target to extend the lead to six points.

After 12 scrappy minutes, the game burst into life when Vailanu picked up a ball from the back of the breakdown to launch an attack on halfway. Lima Sopoaga went from openside to blindside, Matteo Minozzi then broke, and Wasps headed back infield through De Jongh and Carr. The ball was spread wide via Taylor to Kibirige, who chipped ahead just inside the 22 and beat the defence to touch down for a try. Sopoaga’s conversion, from near the right touchline, went wide.

Wasps were then caught offside in midfield and Rob du Preez was on target with his fourth successful penalty, from 42 metres.

Sale applied further pressure when Minozzi’s clearance was charged down, just inside his 22. Sharks gathered, but Wasps were penalised at the breakdown and Rob du Preez made it 22-15.

Wasps immediately pulled back three points when Sale were penalised directly from the restart and Searle, who had replaced Sopoaga, landed the kick from just outside the 22.

Du Preez missed a chance to restore the seven-point advantage after Wasps were done for coming in at the side to stop a powerful driving lineout.

With six minutes left AJ MacGinty, who had replaced Rob du Preez, took the lead to seven points, after Wasps were penalised at a lineout just inside their 22.

Four minutes from time, replacement prop Valery Morozov was sent to the sin-bin for coming in to a breakdown with his shoulder, which made contact with Jack Willis. Wasps put the penalty to the corner and won the lineout, but were penalised at the breakdown.

With just over a minute left, Wasps were reduced to 14 men when Odogwu went up to gather a high kick but extended his leg so that his foot made contact with Rohan Janse van Rensburg’s head. The former Sale man was shown a red card and McGinty’s successful kick at goal denied Wasps a losing-bonus point.

It was a frustrating evening for Dai Young's men whose attentions now turn to European Challenge Cup action, starting at Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday 16 November.

Saturday 23 November sees Wasps welcome Agen to Ricoh Arena in Round 2 of the European Challenge Cup (kick-off 3pm). Tickets are available by clicking the button below, or calling 02476 786411. Tickets start from £19 for adults, with under 10s free in certain areas. 

Lineup

Sale Sharks
Wasps
  • Ross
    Harrison
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Armand H.P
    van der Merwe
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Coenrad Victor
    Oosthuizen
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Josh
    Beaumont
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Bryn
    Evans
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Jonathan Montague
    Ross
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Ben
    Curry
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Dan
    Du Preez
    8
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Embrose
    Papier
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Robert James
    du Preez
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Byron
    McGuigan
    11
    Paolo
    Odogwu
  • Rohan
    Janse van Rensburg
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Cameron
    Redpath
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Marland
    Yarde
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Simon
    Hammersley
    15
    Matteo
    Minozzi

Replacements

  • Rob
    Webber
    16
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Valery
    Morozov
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    18
    Jeffery
    Toomaga-Allen
  • James
    Phillips
    19
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Jean-Luc
    du Preez
    20
    Jack
    Willis
  • Will
    Cliff
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Alan
    MacGinty
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Luke
    James
    23
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois
28 - 18
Final Whistle Blows
80'
Penalty
Sale Sharks have kicked the penalty goal
28
-
18
79'
Red Card
Paolo Odogwu has been given a red card
25
-
18
78'
Yellow Card
Valery Morozov has been given a yellow card
25
-
18
75'
Penalty
AJ MacGinty has kicked the penalty goal
25
-
18
68'
Missed Penalty
Robert du Preez has missed the penalty
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Josh Beaumont
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on James Phillips
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jono Ross
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Michael Le Bourgeois
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jean-Luc du Preez
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jimmy Gopperth
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Charlie Matthews
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Thibaud Flament
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ben Harris
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Simon McIntyre
22
-
18
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tommy Taylor
22
-
18
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom Cruse
22
-
18
63'
Penalty
Billy Searle has kicked the penalty goal
22
-
18
62'
Penalty
Robert du Preez has kicked the penalty goal
22
-
15
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on Billy Searle
19
-
15
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Lima Sopoaga
19
-
15
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Brad Shields
19
-
15
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jack Willis
19
-
15
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on AJ MacGinty
19
-
15
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Robert du Preez
19
-
15
57'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jono Ross
19
-
15
57'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jean-Luc du Preez
19
-
15
56'
Penalty
Robert du Preez has kicked the penalty goal
19
-
15
55'
Replacement On
Replacement on Kieran Brookes
16
-
15
55'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jeff Toomaga-Allen
16
-
15
53'
Missed Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has missed the conversion
16
-
15
53'
Try
Wasps have scored a try
16
-
15
50'
Replacement On
Replacement on Jeff Toomaga-Allen
16
-
10
50'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Kieran Brookes
16
-
10
46'
Penalty
Robert du Preez has kicked the penalty goal
16
-
10
39'
Replacement On
Replacement on Valery Morozov
13
-
10
39'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ross Harrison
13
-
10
32'
Missed Penalty
Robert du Preez has missed the penalty
13
-
10
24'
Penalty
Robert du Preez has kicked the penalty goal
13
-
10
22'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Cruse
10
-
10
22'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tommy Taylor
10
-
10
18'
Conversion
Robert du Preez has kicked the conversion
10
-
10
17'
Try
Dan Du Preez has scored a try
8
-
10
14'
Penalty
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
10
12'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom Cruse
3
-
7
12'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tommy Taylor
3
-
7
10'
Missed Penalty
Robert du Preez has missed the penalty
3
-
7
9'
Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the conversion
3
-
7
8'
Try
Sione Vailanu has scored a try
3
-
5
7'
Yellow Card
Simon Hammersley has been given a yellow card
3
-
0
5'
Penalty
Robert du Preez has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Sale Sharks
Wasps
  • Ross
    Harrison
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Armand H.P
    van der Merwe
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Coenrad Victor
    Oosthuizen
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Josh
    Beaumont
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Bryn
    Evans
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Jonathan Montague
    Ross
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Ben
    Curry
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Dan
    Du Preez
    8
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Embrose
    Papier
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Robert James
    du Preez
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Byron
    McGuigan
    11
    Paolo
    Odogwu
  • Rohan
    Janse van Rensburg
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Cameron
    Redpath
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Marland
    Yarde
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Simon
    Hammersley
    15
    Matteo
    Minozzi

Replacements

  • Rob
    Webber
    16
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Valery
    Morozov
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    18
    Jeffery
    Toomaga-Allen
  • James
    Phillips
    19
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Jean-Luc
    du Preez
    20
    Jack
    Willis
  • Will
    Cliff
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Alan
    MacGinty
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Luke
    James
    23
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois

Lineup

Sale Sharks
Wasps
  • Ross
    Harrison
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Armand H.P
    van der Merwe
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Coenrad Victor
    Oosthuizen
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Josh
    Beaumont
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Bryn
    Evans
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Jonathan Montague
    Ross
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Ben
    Curry
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Dan
    Du Preez
    8
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Embrose
    Papier
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Robert James
    du Preez
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Byron
    McGuigan
    11
    Paolo
    Odogwu
  • Rohan
    Janse van Rensburg
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Cameron
    Redpath
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Marland
    Yarde
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Simon
    Hammersley
    15
    Matteo
    Minozzi

Replacements

  • Rob
    Webber
    16
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Valery
    Morozov
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    18
    Jeffery
    Toomaga-Allen
  • James
    Phillips
    19
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Jean-Luc
    du Preez
    20
    Jack
    Willis
  • Will
    Cliff
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Alan
    MacGinty
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Luke
    James
    23
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois

Lineup

Sale Sharks
Wasps
  • Ross
    Harrison
    1
    Simon
    McIntyre
  • Armand H.P
    van der Merwe
    2
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Coenrad Victor
    Oosthuizen
    3
    Kieran
    Brookes
  • Josh
    Beaumont
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Bryn
    Evans
    5
    Will
    Rowlands
  • Jonathan Montague
    Ross
    6
    Brad
    Shields
  • Ben
    Curry
    7
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Dan
    Du Preez
    8
    Sione
    Vailanu
  • Embrose
    Papier
    9
    Daniel
    Robson
  • Robert James
    du Preez
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Byron
    McGuigan
    11
    Paolo
    Odogwu
  • Rohan
    Janse van Rensburg
    12
    Jimmy
    Gopperth
  • Cameron
    Redpath
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Marland
    Yarde
    14
    Zachary
    Kibirige
  • Simon
    Hammersley
    15
    Matteo
    Minozzi

Replacements

  • Rob
    Webber
    16
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Valery
    Morozov
    17
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
    18
    Jeffery
    Toomaga-Allen
  • James
    Phillips
    19
    Thibaud
    Flament
  • Jean-Luc
    du Preez
    20
    Jack
    Willis
  • Will
    Cliff
    21
    Sam
    Wolstenholme
  • Alan
    MacGinty
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Luke
    James
    23
    Michael
    Le Bourgeois