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Wasps back on top as Irish crush Leeds

CENTRE Dominic Waldouck was the unlikely hero as Wasps registered a third consecutive Premiership victory, a 23-3 win over Worcester, to return to their perch at the top of the table yesterday.<br /><br />Waldouck, who only played after an 11th-hour injury ruled out Steve Kefu, seized his chance with both hands and was instrumental in both of his side&rsquo;s tries.<br /><br />France flanker Serge Betsen and England wing Tom Varndell both went over, while fly-half Danny Cipriani kicked 13 points for the resurgent Londoners.<br /><br />Victory lifted Wasps above Saracens, the only other team with a 100 per cent record, on points difference, although London Irish stayed a single point adrift with a 56-7 rout of Leeds Carnegie in Sunday&rsquo;s other clash. Exiles wing Adam Thompstone led the demolition with a hat-trick of tries in just 26 second-half minutes, while No8 Chris Hala&rsquo;ufia crossed twice for last season&rsquo;s runners-up. A penalty try, a late seventh try from Sailosi Tagicakibau and the boot of Ryan Lamb completed the scoring.<br /><br />England manager Martin Johnson, meanwhile, was given a timely reminder of Jonny Wilkinson&rsquo;s abilities yesterday when the record-breaking fly-half kicked all of Toulon&rsquo;s points in an 18-13 win over Toulouse.<br /><br />Wilkinson, who has not played for England since the 2008 Six Nations following a spate of injuries, is returning to form just as Johnson mulls over the loss of sidelined backs Riki Flutey and Delon Armitage.<br /><br />&ldquo;He is without doubt back to his best level,&rdquo; Toulouse&rsquo;s Frederic Michalak said of the 30-year-old. &ldquo;Each time he came into our half he scored points. <br />It&rsquo;s important to have someone like that in your team.&rdquo;