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Wade urges Wasps to tighten up defence ahead of Bristol Rugby clash

Wasps flyer Christian Wade scored his 15th try of the season in Wasps’ nail biting 32-30 victory over Northampton Saints on Sunday but conceded that the Aviva Premiership Rugby league-leaders are lapsing defensively too often.

Wasps scored four tries to Saints’ five at the Ricoh Arena, and Wade hinted that their quality with ball in hand could play a part in their defensive mind-set.

And Wade has urged Wasps to tighten up their defence ahead of their Round 20 clash with twelfth-placed Bristol Rugby.

But the league’s leading try-scorer insisted Dai Young’s men must be wary of the West Country side, as they visit Bristol in the top flight for the first time since April 2009.

“In the first half [against Northampton Saints] we were leaking too many points and for us that is not really something we want to get used to,” said Wade.

“It is something we need to put right and put right quickly. We really showed our character as a team and it was great to get on the scoresheet again.

“We know we have the ability to score from anywhere really and maybe that is the reason why we feel we can make up for any mistakes we make.

“But we need to be better in defence against Bristol because in the bigger games we won’t have as many opportunities to attack, so we need to stop leaking points.

“We have had a look at their counter attack from turnover ball but we need to play smart and look after the ball.”

Wasps are the league’s top scorers with 609 points and 77 tries in 19 games thus far and possess some remarkable talents in the squad.

And Wade singled out the contributions of Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale and Willie Le Roux since arriving this season – believing their influence to be a key factor in his prolific try-scoring form.

“It has been amazing playing with world-class players across the back line and in the forwards this season,” said Wade.

“Danny Cipriani, Willie Le Roux, and Kurtley Beale all came in and have been quality players for us.

“As an outside back it is a dream come true to play outside players like that because you get such good quality ball.”

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