Wasps boss Dai Young hails Christian Wade after six-try blitz against Worcester
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was full of praise for Christian Wade after the flying wing equalled the Premiership try-scoring record in a breathtaking performance against Worcester.
Wade scored six tries - equalling the achievement of Ryan Constable for Saracens against Bedford in 2000 - to help Wasps to a 54-35 victory in a thrilling game at Sixways.
"He ' s up there with the best," Young said of Wade. "H e ' s deadly and I wouldn ' t swap him for anyone.
"It was a timely reminder from him that he's still about and shouldn't be forgotten for either the Saxons or England tours this summer."
The visitors played brilliantly at times to run the hosts ragged, with Frank Halai and Alex Lozowski also scoring tries and the impressive Elliot Daly and Ruaridh Jackson adding three conversions apiece.
"It was a great game and I really enjoyed watching it as both teams were prepared to play rugby and throw it about," Young said.
"We had a couple of lucky breaks and interceptions at crucial times, which made it easier for us.
"The dry pitch suited us but we looked a bit tired at times. We couldn't quite win the collisions and obviously we didn't want to ship that many points."
A spirited Worcester scored six tries to earn a bonus point and contributed fully to the entertainment on offer.
Francois Hougaard, Andy Symons, GJ van Velze, Bryce Heem, Carl Kirwan and Cooper Vuna were their try-scorers, with Tom Heathcote converting one and Ryan Mills adding a penalty.
Despite a much-improved effort in the second half, Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan was furious and refused to accept any positives from the game.
"We don't want to be involved in any end-of-season jamboree as we have a responsibility to the league," he said.
"The first 40 minutes weren't acceptable as we didn't apply ourselves as we were easily picked off.
"I've no idea where that first-half performance came from, and comebacks are irrelevant.
"I'm not dressing it up. We made it easy for them as we haven't been at the races for the past two games and I'm not prepared to let the season drift to an end."