Sunday 4 December 2016

Wasps send out another signal of intent

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Declan Rooney

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

Wasps' Dan Robson breaks with the ball during his side's Aviva Premiership win over Harlequins at The Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images
Wasps' Dan Robson breaks with the ball during his side's Aviva Premiership win over Harlequins at The Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

There are ominous signs emanating from the English Premiership for Connacht as their Pool 2 rivals Wasps continue on a charge through the early weeks of their season.

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Last week Harlequins ended Saracens' 13-game unbeaten run, but this time round Quins were picked apart by Wasps in a 47-18 seven-try rout in Coventry.

Dai Young's side ran in four first-half tries, but the real test comes on Sunday as they get the chance to face off with the champions Saracens at Allianz Park.

Wasps lead the heavy hitters by three points in the standings and a win on Sunday would be a significant boost ahead of Europe.

In the Top 14, Toulouse claimed a fourth win from seven with a stylish 31-3 victory over Grenoble. Sebastien Bezy had a busy day from the tee with a penalty and four conversions of tries from Talalelei Gray, Florian Fritz, Gillian Galan and Maxime Medard.

The win lifts Toulouse up to fifth place, five points behind league leaders Clermont. But on Sunday Toulouse will hope to eat into that lead when they make the tricky trip to the pace-setters.

There was no good news for Zebre last weekend, who shipped seven tries in a heavy defeat at Thomond Park. The home side had the bonus point wrapped up by half-time, but the Italians will hope for a better return at home when they take on Gregor Townsend's Glasgow Warriors in Parma.

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