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Wasps blitzkrieg books Amlin Cup quarter-final
WASPS can look forward to an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final on April 6 after a rampant, 11-try destruction of Mogliano Rugby at Adams Park this afternoon.
Needing a win of any sort to book their place in the last eight, they blew their guests out of the water with four tries inside the first 16 minutes to ensure the rest of the match was just an exercise in accounting.
Tom Varndell was the biggest winner on the day with the fastest hat-trick in the history of European rugby, with Chris Bell, James Cannon, Jack Wallace, Charlie Davies (2), Tom Lindsay, Marco Wentzel and Andrea Masi also going over in the most one-sided match you're likely to see at Adams Park this season.
It had all been put on a plate for Wasps before kick off.
Neither Bayonne nor Newport-Gwent Dragons were able to beat the other with a bonus point on Thursday evening, meaning a victory by any margin over the Italians would be enough to book Wasps' place in the quarter-finals.
Considering they won the away match 59-12, it would have taken the shock of the season to delay their qualification and within moments of the kick-off that likelihood was receding into nothing.
Just 95 seconds were on the clock when Varndell scorched past two defenders to ground his first try of the afternoon. His second and third came after six and 13 minutes as he gave his chances of finishing as the club's top-scorer ahead of Christian Wade, who was rested today, a healthy shot in the arm.
Man of the Match Nicky Robinson converted all three scores to make it 21-0 in the blink of an eye, and the game was settled once and for all after 16 minutes, when Robinson's sublime line break sent Chris Bell under the posts.
Cannon and Wallace also went over before the break to make it 40-0 at half-time, and it was more of the same in the second period.
Davies wheeled in after 45 minutes, Lindsay powered over after 59 minutes and Davies scampered over for his second of the match with 65 minutes gone.
Edoardo Candiago did go over for the visitors during this time, but it was a rare shot in the dark and despite a raft of substitutions Wasps finished like they started with Wentzel and Masi completing the rout.
But while this match was a doddle, Wasps did the hard yards in this competition in two titanic clashes with Bayonne in December.
If they sign off with a victory in Wales next Thursday night and secure a home tie in the quarter-finals, there won't be many sides in Europe optimistic of coming to Wycombe in the spring and knocking them out.