Young joy as Wasps end barren run at Sale

London (AFP) –


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young saluted his side's high-energy display as won at Sale in a Premiership clash for the first time since 2010.

Young's team powered to a 31-13 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium, with Nizaam Carr, Josh Bassett, Will Stuart and Nathan Hughes all scoring tries.

"I thought we were good for it. It wasn't a perfect performance by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly a monkey off our back," Young said.

"To come away with five points, we can't get much better than that.

"I'm really pleased because it's a difficult place to come, as we all know, and it's proved too difficult for us in the past, but it was great to just get that win."

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder could find himself short of centre three-quarters for the trip to Saracens after Aled Brew suffered a suspected broken wrist early in the 17-15 win over Northampton.

The former Crusaders coach was already without Wales international Jamie Roberts, who is sidelined for up to six weeks with a fractured cheekbone, as well as long-term absentee Jonathan Joseph and Max Clark, due back soon after a hamstring injury.

Blackadder said of Brew's injury: "It's possibly (a broken wrist). He'll have to have an X-ray but it doesn't look good."

Asked if he would need to bring in cover for the centre positions, he added: "We'll look to make sure we have enough numbers but young Max Wright had a good first game when he came on."

Sam Underhill is another concern after being taken off having had treatment on the field.

The flanker has had lay-offs for concussion in the past but Blackadder suggested the latest injury was a 'stinger' in the shoulder-neck area rather than a head injury.

Bristol made it two homes wins in succession by downing lethargic Harlequins 20-13 at Ashton Gate.

After defeating Bath 17-10 in their opening fixture, the Premiership newcomers repeated the dose with a deserved win in incessant rain.

Piers O'Connor scored their only try with Ian Madigan kicking five penalties.