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Match Report: Sale Sharks 13-31 Wasps

22 Sep 2018
Match Report: Sale Sharks 13-31 Wasps

Wasps finally broke their AJ Bell Stadium curse, winning there for the first time as they beat Sale Sharks 31-13.

Sale went ahead early on when captain Jono Ross crossed for the fastest try of the season, but Wasps had turned it around by half-time through Nizaam Carr and Josh Bassett.

And they added some insurance in the second period through scores from Will Stuart and Nathan Hughes.

Sale had made the ideal start to the match, capitalising on a first-minute sin-bin for Hughes as Sharks captain Ross went over from close range, with AJ MacGinty adding the extras.

Lima Sopoaga and MacGinty then traded kicks, all before Hughes’ returned to the field.

Wasps finally burst into life five minutes from the break when a lovely interchange of passes saw Willie le Roux break the Sale line, offloading to Nizaam Carr who went over, with Sopoaga levelling the scores.

And they went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Michael Le Bourgeois timed his pass to Bassett perfectly out wide, who dotted down in the corner.

A MacGinty penalty cut Wasps’ lead to four points at the start of the second period, but Sale found themselves in trouble when Tom Curry was sent to the bin for tackling off the ball after good work from Bassett and Le Bourgeois.

And their misery was compounded when Will Stuart dived over for Wasps after a strong maul from the visitors set them up on the line before Sopoaga added two.

Wasps were cruising at this point, yet the return of Curry shifted momentum back in Sale’s favour, but heroic last-ditch defence from the visitors eventually prevented the Sharks from crossing despite a sustained pressure.

And Wasps saw out the match with a bonus-point score when Hughes avenged his earlier stint in the bin by crossing late on.

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