Robson scores four as Wasps beat Sale
|Wasps: (31) 50|
|Tries: Robson 4, Wade, Rowlands, Rieder Cons: Gopperth 6 Pens: Gopperth|
|Sale: (14) 35|
|Tries: McGuigan, B Curry, Solomona, de Klerk, Strauss Cons: MacGinty 5|
Dan Robson scored four tries as Wasps saw off a resilient Sale to open their season with a bonus-point victory.
He went over twice inside 14 minutes before Christian Wade extended Wasps’ lead, and although Byron McGuigan replied, Robson claimed his hat-trick.
Ben Curry, Denny Solomona and Faf De Klerk crossed either side of half-time as Sale got to within eight points.
But Robson scored his fourth, with Will Rowlands and Alex Rieder also scoring, before Josh Strauss got a consolation.
Robson becomes only the 13th player to score four times in a Premiership match and only the second scrum-half – after Elton Moncrieff for Gloucester in 2000.
Last season’s runners-up Wasps appeared to be out of sight at 31-7 up just before the break, but England wing Solomona and South African debutant de Klerk led the comeback.
De Klerk’s try earned Sale a four-try bonus point and as 12 tries were scored at the Ricoh Arena in all.
Fiji centre Gaby Lovobalavu set up two scores on his first Wasps appearance, while last season’s leading Premiership try-scorer Wade added two assists to his try.
Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, Lovobalavu, Gopperth, Bassett; Cipriani, Robson; McIntyre, Cruse, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury (capt), Myall, Johnson, Rieder, Hughes.
Replacements: Rowlands, Mullan, Moore, Symons, Willis, Simpson, De Jongh, Watson
Sale: Haley; Solomona, Addison (capt), James, McGuigan; MacGinty, De Klerk; Harrison, Webber, Aulika, Evans, Beaumont, Ross, B Curry, Strauss.
Replacements: Jones, Flynn, Tarus, Ostrikov, Ioane, T Curry, Cliff, Jennings