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Match Report: Wasps 50 Sale Sharks 35

02 Sep 2017
Match Report: Wasps 50 Sale Sharks 35

Four-try Dan Robson stole the show as Wasps began their 150th anniversary season with victory over Sale Sharks.

The hosts got off to a flying start as Christian Wade and debutant Gaby Lovobalavu combined to set up Robson for an early score, Jimmy Gopperth adding the extras.

With 13 minutes gone, Robson got himself on the scoresheet once again as he exploited the blindside to break free and dot down, reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby player of the season Gopperth again converting,

Four minutes later, Wasps sprung into action again as Tom Cruse pickpocketed Sale and fed Danny Cipriani, who freed up Wade to cross the whitewash to make it 21-0, with help from the boot of Gopperth.

Sale finally got themselves up and running in the 22nd minute via Byron McGuigan, with his try converted by AJ MacGinty, but a Gopperth penalty shortly afterwards made it 24-7.

Before the break arrived, Robson was celebrating a first-half treble as he collected Nathan Hughes’ pass and blazed his way over the trial, Gopperth again successfully converting.

However, almost immediately from the resultant restart, a Gopperth kick was charged down and Ben Curry scored at the other end, MacGinty adding the extras to make it 31-14.

Robson continued his heroics four minutes into the second period, storming over for his fourth try of the game after a break from Wade but with a quarter of the game to go, Sharks hit back through Denny Solomona, MacGinty converting.

Faf de Klerk, on debut, then twanged home supporters’ nerves as he charged over the line, MacGinty again dissecting the posts as the visitors reduced the deficit to eight points.

However, despite turning the screws in the latter stages, Sale would ultimately fail to pull off an unlikely comeback, with Will Rowlands and Alex Rieder both bagging converted scores late on.

There was still time for Josh Strauss to barge over for the visitors, MacGinty adding the extras once more.

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