Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SORRY SALE HIT BY DEMOLITION DERBY ; Sharks Are Blown Away at a Foggy Ricoh Arena by a Five-Try Wasps Blitz. L

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SORRY SALE HIT BY DEMOLITION DERBY ; Sharks Are Blown Away at a Foggy Ricoh Arena by a Five-Try Wasps Blitz. L

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WASPS .............................41 SALE.................................16 SALE'S 2015 got off to the worst possible start as they were blown away by a five-try salvo from a rampant Wasps.

In a display every bit as bleak and uninviting as the freezing fog which enveloped the Ricoh Arena, a Sharks side showing nine changes from the team edged out by Leicester last week were simply outclassed from start to finish.

The hosts were inspired by a magnificent individual display from winger Christian Wade who, even though he didn't score himself, terrorised Sale's defence all afternoon.

And with scrum-half Joe Simpson going over either side of half- time and James Haskell, Nathan Hughes and Ashley Johnson also touching down, the manner of the display was every bit as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, with more than 15,000 fans roaring Wasps on at their new Coventry home.

Sale did gain some consolation with a late score by skipper for the day David Seymour but by then it was far too little - and far too late.

By virtue of Wasps' controversial move to the Midlands from their former High Wycombe base, the fixture has become Sale's de facto derby thanks to the skewed geography of the Premiership.

And this was a demolition derby which even in his worst nightmares, Sale boss Steve Diamond couldn't have foreseen.

It was also a costly setback in terms of Sale's top-six aspirations with Wasps opening up a fivepoint gap on Diamond's men in the table and the seventh-placed Sharks now facing the small manner of a home game against in-form champions Northampton next weekend.

Diamond made no excuses as he surveyed the wreckage and also revealed that injuries had forced his hand in making so many changes.

"We didn't get off to a great start. We felt maybe their first try was from a forward pass and that there was an illegal tackle for their third, but let's be honest - we got a good hiding and have no excuses," said Sale's director of rugby.

"You never see it coming but we just weren't at the races in any area and it doesn't happen to us very often. It's a tough one to take but it does happen. …

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