Thursday 8 December 2016

Depleted Wasps suffer a rare setback

Declan Rooney

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

Guy Thompson's first-half try was not sufficient for Wasps as they fell to a 17-13 defeat to Sale Sharks at the AJ bell Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile
Guy Thompson's first-half try was not sufficient for Wasps as they fell to a 17-13 defeat to Sale Sharks at the AJ bell Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile

With less than a month to go before Connacht face Wasps in the first of their Champions Cup double header games, the Coventry-based side were busy in Anglo-Welsh Cup action last weekend.

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Guy Thompson's first-half try was not sufficient for Wasps as they fell to a 17-13 defeat to Sale Sharks at the AJ bell Stadium.

Jacob Umaga - nephew of former All Black Tana - also ran in a try after the restart, but the home side proved too strong against Dai Young's weakened outfit.

The Top 14 action has continued at full pace despite the November internationals and Toulouse moved into fourth place with a 16-15 win over Castres.

Four Rory Kockott penalties had given Castres a 12-3 half-time lead, but Toulouse swarmed all over their visitors after the restart and a try from Leonardo Ghiraldini helped them to a crucial four points.

Toulouse make the trip to La Rochelle tomorrow afternoon, to face a team that has surprised many by retaining second place in the table.

Meanwhile, after their first win of the season away to Edinburgh, Zebre might have hoped to back it up with a better result than their 33-10 loss to last year's runners-up Leinster in Parma.

And it was Leinster's youngsters that did all the damage against Zebre with a hat-trick of tries for Adam Byrne, while back-row Jack Conan and Tom Daly also weighed in with scores.

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