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Wasps 40 Newcastle Falcons 10

18 Nov 2017
Wasps 40 Newcastle Falcons 10

Christian Wade’s double helped Wasps to six-try win over Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena, confirming the midlands side’s return to form in scintillating style.

The prolific winger’s scores came early in the first half and were followed up by a lung-busting score from the returning Kyle Eastmond.

Sean Robinson responded with a first-half try for the Falcons, backed up by five points from the boot of Toby Flood.

But the home side turned up the heat in the second period and tries for James Haskell, Gaby Lovobalavu and Josh Bassett put the result beyond doubt.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young welcomed back Eastmond, Lovobalavu and Kearnan Myall to his squad to help ease an injury crisis, and had the best possible start with Wade’s first try the result of a sublime Jimmy Gopperth offload.

After Toby Flood’s penalty got the visitors underway, Willie le Roux’s arcing break left Wade with the simplest of finishes for his second.

The third try was a brilliant solo effort from Eastmond, playing his first game since February.

The England centre stepped his way past Newcastle’s defence before accelerating 30 metres to mark his return from serious injury.

Josh Matavesi’s powerful break resulted in lock Sean Robinson’s score for Newcastle, which took the score to 19-10 at the break.

Haskell’s converted try immediately after the restart extended the hosts lead, and a long-range strike from Lovobalavu, who got on the end of Joe Simpson’s 50 metre break, extended it even further.

There was still time for Bassett to race away for a try from distance of his own, leaving the Falcons scoreless in the second half.