Match Report: Gallagher Premiership: Sale Sharks 23-26 Wasps

Lima Sopoaga	kicked 16 points
Lima Sopoaga kicked 16 points

Sale Sharks 23-26 Wasps, AJ Bell Stadium

Wasps successfully overcame a double from Marland Yarde as they edged out Sale Sharks 26-23 in the fourth round of the Gallagher Premiership at AJ Bell Stadium.

Both the teams now have two wins and defeats apiece in both the games with Sale Sharks positioned fourth while Wasps are at sixth place.

This is also the third successive loss for Sale Sharks since Paul Deacon took over the coaching reins with two of the defeats coming in the European competition.

Lima Sopoaga started the proceedings with a 12th minute penalty goal but Sale Sharks levelled the scores with a three-pointer from Aj MacGinty in the 15th minute.

Just over the half-hour mark, Marland Yarde scored the first of his two tries as he was set up by Faf de Klerk with MacGinty's conversion ensuring the home side had a 10-3 lead heading into the break.

Wasps dominated the early exchanges in the second half with Charlie Atkinson and Tom Cruse dotting down and Sopoaga's double conversion ensured the scoreline became 13-17.

The gap between the sides continued to remain at four points after Sopoaga and MacGinty exchanged penalties before the Wasps fullback kicked two more three-pointers making the scoreline 16-26.

With three minutes left in the game, Yarde's second try followed by MacGinty's conversion took Sale Sharks close but Wasps managed to held their nerve with a three-point victory despite losing Zach Kibirige to injury.

Team line-up:

Sale Sharks: S James; Luke James, R du Preez, Hill, Yarde; MacGinty, de Klerk (capt); Morozov, van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Postlethwaite, JP du Preez, Wiese, Curry, D du Preez.

Reserves: Langdon, Harrison, John, Phillips, Dugdale, Cliff, Doherty, Roebuck.

Wasps: Sopoaga; Kibirige, Odogwu, Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Atkinson, Porter; West, Cruse, Toomaga-Allen, Rowlands, Gaskell, Morris, Young, Barbeary.

Reserves: Taylor, Harris, McIntyre, Douglas, T Willis, Robson, Gopperth, de Jongh.

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Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

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