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Wasps brush aside Viadana to complete 100 per cent pool record
WASPS can look forward to a home quarter-final in the Amlin Challenge Cup after finishing off a flawless Pool Four campaign with a resounding 64-17 victory over Viadana at Adams Park this afternoon.
The black and golds put 90 points on the Italians in a record European triumph away from home in October, and a sunny afternoon meant another try-fest was on the cards.
It was just the ten scores this time, but it was plenty good enough to complete the black and golds' first ever 100 per cent pool campaign in the Amlin and make it seven wins in eight in all competitions.
As second seeds, they can now look forward to another big European night in Wycombe in early April, when it's likely to be Gloucester standing between them and a place in the semi-finals.
Results earlier in the weekend appeared to be falling nicely to set up a last-eight clash against Dai Young's former club, Cardiff Blues.
But Gloucester's impressive victory in Perpignan took them ahead of the Welshman and means that only Scarletts can now replace Gloucester if they stun Harlequins later today.
Wasps' opponents in the last eight was the only thing to be decided today, with this match as close to a foregone conclusion as it's possible to get.
A try after two minutes, scored by Ashley Johnson from a line-out drive, only reinforced that belief and Wasps had wrapped up the bonus point within half an hour thanks to an Elliot Daly hat-trick.
The full back squeezed over in the corner for his first after ten minutes, and his break and neat link up with Josh Bassett created his second with 15 minutes gone.
Daly then caught up with Tom Varndell's chip to complete his treble with 27 minutes played, and shortly afterwards he repaid the compliment to send Varndell over in the corner.
That made it 31-5 after Viadana had crossed themselves through Nicola Sintich, and that's how it remained at half-time.
The intensity predictably dropped after the interval, and the visitors made the most of the flat atmosphere to go over a second time after 62 minutes through Mirko Monfrino.
But that just spurred Wasps back into life and within minutes Willium Helu had gone over for try number six before Joe Simpson then added a poignant seventh in memory of his mother Brigid, who passed away recently.
Taione Vea then went over near the end to round up an even 50 points for the hosts, before Carlisle and Varndell broke the symmetry with Wasps' ninth and tenth tries in the final seconds.
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