Wasps vs Sale Sharks | Game Preview

Date: 17 May 2022

We take on Sale Sharks in the final home game of the 2021/22 season on Friday (20 May) kick off 7.45pm. 

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TV | The match is being broadcast on BT Sport. 

Radio | BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

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What to watch for | 

Wasps are unbeaten in their last four Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since their 22-27 defeat at Northampton in Round 20, although they did draw 42-all last time out at London Irish. Wasps have won their last eight fixtures at Coventry Building Society Arena in all tournaments since Munster beat them there in the European Champions Cup on 12 December.

Sale Sharks last six matches in Gallagher Premiership Rugby have resulted in two wins, two draws and two defeats. The Sharks have won only twice away from home in Premiership Rugby this campaign, in successive trips in February to Harlequins and Northampton.
Sale
s only defeat in their last six encounters with Wasps in Premiership Rugby was 23-26 at AJ Bell Stadium in December 2020. The Sharks have won on their last three visits to Coventry.

 

Key Stats |  

Wasps are currently on a run of six straight Premiership victories at home; they haven’t won more in a row since a run of 20 consecutive home wins between January 2016 and September 2017, a run which included three victories against Sale Sharks.

Sale Sharks have won just two of their last six Premiership fixtures (D2, L2) after winning four in a row previously; their last seven games have all been decided by margins of eight points or fewer.

Sale Sharks have lost just one of their last four Premiership matches away from home (W2, D1) after previously losing five in a row; they have not conceded more than three tries in any of their four matches during this current run.

Wasps possess a better success rate from their own lineouts than any other side in this season’s Premiership (93%); additionally, they have also stolen a greater percentage of opposition lineouts than any other side this term (15%).

No team made fewer carries in the last round of Premiership fixtures than Wasps (72) or Sale Sharks (73); consequently, they also garnered fewer running metres than any other sides last time out (Sale Sharks - 479m and Wasps – 495m).

Only Newcastle Falcons (85) have made fewer line-breaks in this season’s Premiership than Sale Sharks (92); Sale Sharks are also one of just four teams to have garnered fewer than 13,000 running meters this term (12,802m).

Wasps’ Tom Willis has beaten more defenders than any other player in this season’s Premiership (76); teammate Josh Bassett also ranks in the top 10 for line-breaks made in the league this term (16, =7th).

No player has amassed more breakdown steals in this season’s Premiership than Sale Sharks’ Bevan Rodd (15); teammate Jono Ross has also completed 22 dominant tackles this term, at least eight more than any other player in the league.