Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Teenager Stars in Record Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Teenager Stars in Record Victory

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Byline: Paul Gilder

TEENAGER Dominic Waldouck helped Wasps to a record-equalling 55-0 win over Treviso yesterday to put them back in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.

The England Under-19 star made his European Cup debut in midfield and created four of the nine tries as Josh Lewsey, Tom Voyce and Tom Rees touched down twice with Raphael Ibanez, Paul Sackey and Danny Cipriani going over and Mark Van Gisbergen adding five conversions.

The try tally equalled the 2004 champions' previous best in a 77-17 win over Toulouse in 1997 and sent them to the top of Pool One after Castres' 36-28 win at Perpignan.

Wasps go to Treviso on Saturday needing another five-point haul before qualification is settled by their home game against Perpignan and trip to Castres next month.

Sale's Heineken Cup dreams were left in tatters as France winger Chris-tophe Dominici inspired Stade Fran-cais to a 27-16, four-try bonus-point victory at the Parc Des Princes yesterday.

Dominici scored two first-half tries, while Julien Saubade also grabbed a brace, as Stade played their third consecutive Pool Three win and condemned the Sharks to their second defeat in three group games.

Fly-half David Skrela could only add one conversion before being substituted on the hour.

European champions Munster equalled Leicester's record of 11 successive Heineken Cup victories as they put one foot in the quarterfinals with another win built around forward power.

Munster, unbeaten in the tournament since losing 27-13 to Sale Sharks more than a year ago, executed a perfect game-plan for wet and windy Arms Park to win 22-12.

Their set-piece functioned efficiently, while flankers Alan Quinlan and David Wallace were quicker than their opposite numbers.

With fly-half Ronan O'Gara producing an immaculate goalkicking performance behind the scrum - five penalties and a conversion of number eight Denis Leamy's 29th-minute try - Munster tightened their grip on Pool Four.

Cardiff went the same way as Castres (twice), Newport Gwent Dragons (twice), Sale, Perpignan, Leinster, Biarritz, Leicester and Bour-goin during the past 14 months, and a ninth quarter-final appearance now beckons for Munster. Two of their remaining three group games are in Limerick, where Munster have never lost a Heineken Cup match.

London Irish boss Brian Smith claims World Cup veteran Mike Catt "can still do a job for England" after the midfield maestro orchestrated his team's Heineken Cup victory over Ulster on Saturday. The 35-year-old centre won the last of his 67 caps against Australia this year. But his play-making skills arguably remain without equal in the English game, suggesting he could spark England's forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship campaign.

Smith said: "Catt can still do a job for England. …

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