Pride restored as Wasps thrash Harlequins to ignite European Champions Cup campaign

 
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Christian Wade touched down twice for Wasps (Source: Getty)

Wasps boss Dai Young believes his side have begun to restore a degree of pride by hammering Harlequins 41-10 in the European Champions Cup at the Ricoh Arena.

After five successive defeats across all competitions, Wasps got their European campaign back on track through a double from wing Christian Wade and tries from Dan Robson, Ashley Johnson and Josh Bassett.

Victory moved Wasps to second in Pool One with back-to-back meetings with leaders La Rochelle next up in December, while Quins, whose try was scored by Francis Saili, are bottom, nine points adrift of top spot.

“We talked about stepping up and showing what the jersey meant and showing what it meant to play at the Ricoh and I thought they did that to a man,” said Young.

“I’m really pleased with the effort and commitment. We were a bit careless on occasions, but the effort and commitment was outstanding. You could see the confidence oozing back once we’d scored a couple of tries.”

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston called for a response from his charges. He said: “It was almost Bob’s Full House in terms of presenting opportunities to people. This is a big test of our character now. We’ve got a big game against Worcester at the weekend.”

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter, meanwhile, praised the courage of his players after the defending Premiership champions underlined their European credentials with a 27-24 victory over big-spending Montpellier.

Fly-half Gareth Steenson landed a 72nd-minute penalty to secure the landmark win, while flanker Don Armand twice crossed the line for the Chiefs and centre Ian Whitten also touched down.

“The guys stuck at it for long enough to force the win and we were brave,” said Baxter. “If you believe in something, that ultimately helps you to see tough games like this home.”

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