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Wasps wingers win plaudits

Wingers Christian Wade and Tom Varndell scored a pair of tries each to earn the praise of both coaches in Wasps 29-19 win over London Welsh.

Wade was especially impressive, to further boost the 20-year-old's England claims, with his two scores catching the eye at the start of each half. Varndell also reminded of his class as Wasps grabbed back-to-back Aviva Premiership wins following their home success over Worcester last time out.

"Our wings were the major difference between the two sides," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said. "Christian was outstanding and Tom wasn't far behind. Christian must be in the frame for England, he is in the Saxons set-up but England are blessed with some high-quality wings and he must carry on the way he is playing to continue to impress them."

Exiles coach Lyn Jones, who saw his side cross through Phil Mackenzie and Franck Montanella in the second half, agreed with his counterpart's assessment.

"Their back three was the difference in the game," he said. "They were hugely influential, when they had 50-50 opportunities they took them all."

Wasps could have won by an even greater margin but were careless at times while it did not help that Nicky Robinson missed five from his six attempts.

Young's side looked like they might break the game open at 21-6 but they were unable to shake off the Premiership's newcomers to frustrate their coach.

"We put ourselves under pressure, I wasn't pleased," he said.

"There are a number of things to work on, we struggled up front especially in the second half and our ball retention was very poor.

"We need to play with more composure as we squandered three or four good chances."


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