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European Champions Cup: Wasps 41-10 Harlequins

European Champions Cup: Wasps 41-10 Harlequins

Wade crossed twice in a comprehensive win
bbc.comWasps got their Champions Cup campaign back on track as they saw off toothless Harlequins at home.The hosts were 21-3 up at half-time as Dan Robson, Christian Wade and Ashley Johnson crossed, with Quins hampered by a yellow card for full-back Mike Brown.More indiscipline saw Joe Marler sent to the sin-bin after the break as Josh Bassett and an interception score from Wade wrapped up victory for Wasps.
A late injury to Francis Saili compounded Quins' miserable evening.The former New Zealand centre, signed from Munster in the summer, was stretched off with an apparent head injury after misjudging a tackle on Joe Launchbury.Victory takes Wasps to second in Pool One, but with back-to-back meetings against free-scoring French leaders La Rochelle to come, director of rugby Dai Young will know it is still a long way to the last eight.Harlequins won a tight contest at the same venue in the Premiership a month ago but they were rarely in the contest as their defence was too easily breached.
Hughes impresses in front of Jones
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Only Christian Wade (120) made more metres for Wasps than Hughes' 78With Saracens' Billy Vunipola ruled out of the autumn internationals with injury, Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes pressed his claims in front of the watching Eddie Jones.He gave his side plenty of momentum going forward and it was his peel around the front of the line-out that opened the way to the line for Robson.Quins' Dave Ward was swatted aside with a massive hand-off in midfield on another rampaging run, while Hughes showed he can also do the dirty work as he stripped the ball from Chris Robshaw in contact.Wade's raw speed will not be news to Jones, but he was given another demonstration as the wing won the race to the loose ball and the tryline after fly-half Marcus Smith's kick was charged down.After Johnson steamrollered over from the back of a line-out, Elliot Daly's long pass beat Quins' stretched defence to find Bassett and tie up the try-scoring bonus point with 13 minutes to go.With the injured Danny Cipriani watching from the stands, the backline is yet to rediscover the form that took Wasps to the Premiership final last season as South Africa full-back Willie Le Roux turned in another anonymous performance.Even so, a five-try showing will feed their confidence for domestic and European challenges ahead.
bbc.comWasps: Le Roux; Wade; Daly, de Jongh, Bassett; Gopperth, Robson; Mullan, Johnson, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury (c), Rowlands, Haskell, Young, Hughes Replacements: Harris, McIntyre, Moore, Gaskell, Willis, Thompson, Simpson, Miller.Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Marchant, Roberts, Visser; Smith, Care; Marler, Gray, Collier, Matthews, Horwill, Robshaw, Ward, Luamanu.Replacements: Elia, Lambert, Swainston, Merrick, Glynn, Lewis, Swiel, Saili.
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