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Wade leads Wasps to victory

Christian Wade scored a hat-trick of tries as Wasps recorded a 35-29 victory to condemn Leicester to back-to-back defeats to start the new Aviva Premiership season.

Billy Twelvetrees scored all of the Tigers' points with a pair of tries, two conversions and five penalties to at least secure a losing bonus point.

But having beaten reigning champions Saracens at Twickenham last weekend, Wasps made it a dream start for new rugby director Dai Young by beating the 2010 champions.

Nic Berry also crossed the whitewash for the hosts, with Nicky Robinson booting a penalty and two conversions and Ryan Davis two penalties and a conversion.

Twelvetrees kicked two penalties either side of a Robinson one before Twelvetrees finished a neat passing sequence by scoring on the right from a pass outside by Niall Morris. He forced his way past Robinson and Tom Varndell to twist over the line and completed the job by converting from wide out.

Wasps were rewarded for enterprising rugby on 27 minutes as Hugo Southwell broke out from deep, Wade's pace on the right left two would-be tacklers trailing, and his pass inside sent Berry scooting clear for a try which Robinson converted.

Wade then scored a fine try of his own on 35 minutes. Varndell did the damage up the left, sucking in three tacklers to haul him down. Wasps sped the ball right via three passes, the last of which sent Wade racing home, Robinson again converting.

Back stormed Tigers, fly-half George Ford making an incisive break off the back of a ruck and passing inside for Twelvetrees to score by the post and convert his own try. Twelvetrees continued his points-fest five minutes after the break with a penalty, but Wasps replied with one of the tries of the season so far.

There seemed no more than moderate danger when Southwell passed right to Wade deep inside their own half. But the young wing twice shaped to pass only to accelerate into the Tigers half and swerve outside two challengers for a memorable score.

Davis' penalty put Wasps ahead before the ruthless Twelvetrees regained the lead for Leicester with a 64th-minute penalty after Wasps went offside in front of their posts but Davis kept the see-saw effect alive, scoring on 69 minutes, the fifth time the lead changed hands. And when Wade darted behind two defenders to win a race for a box-kick from Berry, victory was secured.


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