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Wasps thrash Dragons to go top

Wasps were rewarded for their defiance of wintry conditions by surging to the summit of Pool Six of the Heineken Cup with a bonus-point 37-10 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at a near-deserted Adams Park.

A crowd of only 1,236 attended a match that was under threat until 10.15am on Sunday morning when the required medical support was secured after Bucks County had stated they would be unable to supply a paramedic team due to their need to service the local area.

Melting snow made the ball slippery, taking its toll on a contest that was short on highlights until the floodgates opened in the second half. Hooker Joe Ward crossed in the 49th minute after the first half had finished 3-3 and Wasps never looked back against the pool's bottom-placed team. Man of the match Dave Walder kicked 17 points while full-back Mark van Gisbergen, winger Tom Varndell and scrum-half Nic Berry also finished with tries.

Wasps' sixth successive victory has lifted them three points clear of Toulouse into first place, keeping their aspirations of qualifying for the quarter-finals intact.

Toulouse are likely to regain control of the pool when their clash with Glasgow, postponed once again on Sunday, is staged on Tuesday night.

But with fixtures against Glasgow and Toulouse to come in January, Wasps have a super chance of reaching the knockout stages.


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