Du Preez show too much for Wasps
MATCH REPORT: Robert du Preez along with brother Dan were in fine form as they steered the Sale Sharks to a 28-18 victory over Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The South African fly-half racked up 17 points with his trusty boot, adding five penalties and a conversion to the try scored by his brother Dan to secure the win.
Steve Diamond’s men took the lead through an early Rob du Preez penalty before Simon Hammersley saw yellow, allowing Wasps to edge in front through Sione Vailanu’s try.
But Sale responded with a fine try from Dan Du Preez before his brother converted and added another three points to put the home side 13-10 ahead at the break.
A wonderful solo effort from Zach Kibirige pulled Wasps to within a point after the restart following a third penalty for Rob du Preez, who added another two three-pointers.
Billy Searle responded to keep Wasps in range but two more efforts from the boot of AJ MacGinty, the second following a red card for Paolo Odogwu, made the result safe for Sale.
For Sale Sharks:
Try: D du Preez
Con: R du Preez
Pens: R du Preez 5, Macginty 2
Tries: Vailanu, Kibirige
Pens: Sopoaga, Searle
Sale Sharks: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Cameron Redpath, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Daniel du preez, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Jono Ross (captain), 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Josh Beaumont, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Ross Harrsion
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Phillips, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Will Cliff, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Luke James
Wasps: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Paolo Odogwu, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Dan Robson (captain), 8 Sione Vailanu, 7 Nizaam Carr, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Simon McIntyre
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Thibaud Flament, 20 Jack Willis, 21 Sam Wolstenholme, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Michael Le Bourgeois
Referee: Tom Foley
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace & Andrew Jackson.
TMO: Stuart Terheege.