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Match Reaction: Wasps 41 Sale Sharks 16

Wasps are thriving in their new surroundings and after securing their second dominant win at the Ricoh Arena in as many games, director of rugby Dai Young is determined to keep the good times rolling.

After an impressive defeat of London Irish in their first outing in Coventry last month, the hosts were again in imperious form as they scored five tries in a 41-16 bonus-point triumph over Sale Sharks.

Christian Wade was a constant scourge for the visitors, helping to set up tries for skipper James Haskell, Nathan Hughes and Joe Simpson as Wasps led 27-9 at the break.

Simpson claimed his second shortly after the interval and Ashley Johnson forced his way over, with Sale gaining some consolation as Andrei Ostrikov scored from a driving maul late on.

Yet it was too little too late to prevent Wasps collecting a third consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby win and moving into fourth in the table, to the delight of Young.

“It's a pretty happy camp,” he said. “You're never going to get a totally perfect performance, but there were an awful lot of positives to take, especially from our back row and from Christian Wade, who was outstanding.

“It was good that we could empty our bench with still 25 minutes to go, to give the lads who have not been playing much some game time, while at the same time looking after one or two of the ones who have played a lot lately.

“The crowd was excellent again and it’s phenomenal the way the public have come to support us from within the Midlands.

“We just have to keep giving them a reason to keep coming down to watch us.”

The result made it back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby losses for Sale after a narrow defeat to Leicester Tigers last weekend as Steve Diamond’s side lost ground on their top-six rivals.

Yet although the director of rugby admitted his side were second best throughout, the visitors were hampered by a number of injuries, most notably with in-form fly-half Danny Cipriani only able to make the bench.

"We were beaten comprehensively all over the park – and that doesn't happen to us very often,” said Diamond.

"We weren't the normally abrasive side we like to be, but you have to give Wasps credit. They were brutal at the maul and dominant when they had the ball.

“We have no excuses. Really, we just weren't at the races and we didn't deserve to get anything.

“We had a lot of injuries after Leicester – Danny Cipriani hadn’t trained for two weeks because of his knee, Dan Braid took a knock, Sam Tuitupou took a knock and various others.

“We had a lot of young lads who perhaps missed a few of the leaders but it will be good for their learning going forward.”

Teams 

Wasps: Miller; Wade, Daly, Jacobs, Varndell (Leiua 60); Goode (Lozowski 55), Simpson (Davies 52); McIntyre (Mullan 60), Festuccia (Lindsay 48), Cittadini (Swainston 55), Davies (Myall 48), Gaskell, Johnson, Haskell, Hughes (Jones 60)
 
Sin bin: Gaskell 74
 
Sale Sharks: Haley; Addison, Leota, Jennings (Cueto 49), Arscott; Ford (Cipriani 49), Cliff (Cusiter 59); De Marchi (Harrison 48), Mamukashvili (Jones 45), Cobilas (Lewis-Roberts 59), Hines (Mills 60), Ostrikov, Lund (Beaumont 45), Seymour, Easter
 
Scorers
 
Wasps
Tries: Haskell, Hughes, Simpson 2, Johnson
Conversions: Goode 5
Penalty: Goode
Drop goal: Goode
 
Sale Sharks
Try: Ostrikov
Conversion: Cipriani
Penalties: Ford 3
 
Attendance: 15,343
Referee: Greg Garner

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