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Wasps stung by Sale
Walder kicks only points as visitors endure a miserable Boxing Day
Juan Fernandez Lobbe scored two tries as Sale Sharks routed Wasps 31-3 at Edgeley Park on Boxing Day.
The Argentina international scored the first and last tries of the game as the Sharks secured a bonus-point victory to move into second in the Guinness Premiership, with their closest rivals all set to play their games in hand on Saturday.
Charlie Hodgson also contributed 16 points, including a 24th minute try, as the hosts put in a truly dominant display against the reigning champions.
The Sharks were in predatory form and could have gone ahead when Mark Cueto chipped the Wasps line and collected in the opening minutes, but he then failed to find David Doherty outside and the chance went begging.
But Sale did get on the board on 10 minutes as Dean Schofield combined with Neil Briggs to send skipper Fernandez Lobbe over for the game's opening try.
The second quickly followed as Wasps replacement Chris Bishay failed to clear his lines with the ball bobbling towards touch on 10 metres, allowing Doherty to pounce and send Cueto through for a second Sale score.
Dave Walder kicked the Londoners' only points of the game soon after from a penalty, but a second defensive slip then cost Wasps dear.
Richard Wigglesworth's pass deflected off the unfortunate Joe Worsley for Hodgson to collect and finish under the posts, helping the home side go in at the break 21-3 to the good.
Sale's dominance continued after the break and Hodgson's penalty 10 minutes in extended their advantage to 21 points.
The introduction of Carl Fearns and Andrew Sheridan shored up the pack thereafter and Dwayne Peel replaced the impressive Wigglesworth at scrum-half.
But Sale were not done scoring yet and Fernandez Lobbe capitalised on a stationary Wasps defence with a quick penalty and drive for the line to make sure the Sharks got back to winning ways in style.
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|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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