Christian Wade equalled an Aviva Premiership Rugby record as he scored six tries on his 100th appearance for Wasps as Dai Young’s side played out a 14-try classic with Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Only Ryan Constable – for Saracens against Bedford in 200 – has scored as many tries in a single game, while the next best is rugby league convert Lesley Vainikolo.
‘The Volcano’ scored five tries against Leeds on his Gloucester Rugby – and rugby union – debut, but Wade’s performance will live long in the memory.
Vainikolo is still the only man to score five tries on his Premiership debut – he scored his first just before half-time before adding four more in the second half as Gloucester beat Leeds 49-24 at Headingly.
Former Australian Sevens captain Constable scored his first after 12 minutes and went on to score five more as Sarries beat Bedford 57-29.
Remarkably, Warriors matched the record for most tries –six – scored in defeat. Only two other sides have scored as many tries in defeat – Sale Sharks in 2011 and Harlequins in 1997.
Wade scored four in a remarkable first half. He capitalised on some excellent forward play for his first, while he supported Rob Miller excellently for his second and his third was a superb individual score in which he chipped Warriors’ full-back Chris Pennell and raced clear.
The livewire winger sent a timely reminder to England head coach Eddie Jones with his Aviva Premiership Rugby record and he combined with debutant under Jones, Elliot Daly for his fourth try – latching onto a kick ahead just before half-time.
Wade intercepted a stray Worcester Warriors pass and galloped home for his fifth, while he has last weekend’s Champions Cup match-winner Charles Piutau to thank for his final-try – the former All Black intercepted and was away, but chose to feed his record-breaking team-mate instead.
Dai Young will not know whether to laugh or cry, Worcester too racked up a bonus point that will no doubt help them maintain distance with Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at the foot of the table.
Wade was perhaps the English rugby’s forgotten winger before today, but he has etched his name into the history books with that jaw-dropping display.
6 Christian Wade (Wasps v Worcester 2016)
6 Ryan Constable (Saracens v Bedford 2000)
5 Lesley Vainilkolo (Gloucester v Leeds 2007)
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