Wade on sensational six tries at Sixways

After scoring six tries against Worcester Warriors, to help steer Wasps to second in the Aviva Premiership table, Christian Wade was understandably on the top of the world at marking his 100th appearance for the club in such a memorable way.

“I’m over the moon to do this and to mark my 100th match with six tries is special. You have to give credit to the other boys, as most of the tries were run-ins where I just had to use my speed to get there then score.

“I’ve never scored six tries in a match before, not even in the back garden. I didn’t play rugby until I was 12 or 13, so didn’t play mini rugby either, where a lot of tries are scored.”

Wade equalled Ryan Constable’s record for most tries scored by one player in a Premiership match (Saracens v Bedford) bizarrely exactly 16 years to the day, which was news to Christian.

“I wasn’t aware of the record until I’ve just been told after the match. I’m not really a big stats guy but obviously it’s an interesting one to get six tries on my 100th appearance.”

During the try-rout, Wade also racked up his 50th Premiership try. Christian is now the quickest to have reached the 50 Premiership tries landmark, doing so on his 78th appearance. Demoting Steve Hanley 79 games and Tom Varndell 84 games further down the list.

“100 games is a massive milestone and six tries and 50 Premiership tries is a huge thing as well, so even for someone who’s not a stats guy, there’s some good things there that I can be proud of and I’ll obviously remember this day for the rest of my life. 

“Leading the side out was a very humbling thing for me and it was a great honour for me to get to do that. I was the last one back into the changing room after the game and when I got in the others were giving it ‘large’ with cheers, so it’s been a good day for us all!” 

Asked what the tradition was after scoring six tries and whether he had to buy jugs of beer for the squad, Wade had zero idea!

“Is that what you have to do?” he replied. “I don’t really drink beer, but if the boys want me to buy some I’ll happily get some for them!”

Joking aside, Wade was well aware of the bigger picture and how significant the win away against Worcester was to secure Wasps a top four play-off spot for the first time in eight years.

“We’re now at the business end of the season. It has been a tough couple of years for Wasps working our way back to where we feel we should be. We’re in a good position now with the squad we’ve got, and today was like a quarter final for us to cement that top-four place.

“Next week we’ve got a European semi-final and we’re all raring to go and looking to keep building on the performances and try to keep winning.

“It’s been a good year for us and now we just need to keep pushing on and hopefully we’ll get rewarded for the hard work we’ve put in over the year.

“The brand of rugby we play suits me and also the other boys. We’ve got so many quick players in our backline and worked very hard in pre-season to be as fit as possible and play the full 80 minutes.

“The coaches give us licence to play what we see, so if we think there’s space and it’s on, even from in our own half, the boys have the confidence to go. 

“Having the likes of Frank Halai, the Piutau brothers, Elliot Daly and Rob Miller gives us pace out wide and in midfield, and the skillset to be able to get the ball to the right places by hand or kicking it."