Premiership round-up: Wasps leave home with a crushing victory over sorry Welsh


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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was delighted with his team’s professionalism as they crushed London Welsh 71-7 yesterday in their last match at Adams Park before their controversial move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Exiles are propping up the Premiership table with just a single bonus point from seven defeats and Young was pleased with how his team kept their focus in a game they were overwhelming favourites to win. “I was nervous coming into this match and I stressed to the players that we weren’t to play too loosely,” Young said. “We responded as I wanted, playing with an excellent attitude to prove we have a killer instinct. If we play like that we can trouble anyone.”

Ashley Johnson and Christian Wade each scored a hat-trick of tries. Nathan Hughes crossed twice and Saliosi Tagicakibau, Joe Simpson and Tom Varndell also went over; Andy Goode kicked six conversions with Alex Lozowski adding another two. The visitors, who have now conceded 343 points in seven league games, could only manage a single try from replacement Ben Pienaar, converted by Will Robinson.

A controversial last-minute penalty earned Leicester a 21-21 draw at home to Saracens.

The visitors’ director of rugby, Mark McCall, believed the officials robbed his side of the win in a game in which all the points came from penalty kicks.

 “I thought it was a penalty for us,” McCall said after a touch judge penalised prop Rhys Gill for not scrummaging squarely. “It’s obvious to most people who have watched it.”