Aviva Premiership

Wade tipped for England recall after record six-try haul

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes Christian Wade will have sent a message to England coach Eddie Jones with his record-equalling six-try haul against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

On his 100th appearance for the club, Wade proved too hot to handle as Wasps clinched a Premiership play-off spot by triumphing 54-35 in a frenetic encounter at Sixways.

The wing, who represented England in a solitary Test three years ago, claimed three tries in the space of 14 first-half minutes and went on to equal a Premiership record set by Saracens' Ryan Constable against Bedford 16 years ago to the day.

Young said: "Put it this way, I wouldn't swap him [Wade] for anybody else. I've said it many times, there are lots of really good wingers around, but as far as I'm concerned he is up there with the best of them.

"He had a couple of run-ins, but he also created a couple of tries himself. Hopefully it is a timely reminder to Eddie [Jones] of what he is about.

"He has had injuries at probably the worst times over the last couple of seasons. He shouldn't be forgotten and hopefully with the Saxons tour and the main tour, I would like to think that he may be involved in some way.

"There's lots of competition for places and lots of players playing well at the moment. I think he showed everyone again how deadly he can be. It was a great performance."

Worcester claimed six tries of their own, while Frank Halai and Alex Lozowski also went over for Wasps, who trail leaders Saracens by four points.

Leicester Tigers look set to join Saracens, Wasps and Exeter Chiefs in the play-offs after edging out fifth-placed Northampton Saints 30-24.

An individual score from Harry Thacker, which saw the Tigers hooker slip through the Saints line from halfway and show impressive pace before dummying over, proved a highlight at Franklin's Gardens, while Freddie Burns also crossed on his way to a 20-point haul.

Northampton are now seven points adrift of Leicester with just two rounds remaining, with Harlequins a further two back after a 22-12 defeat to Saracens in front of 80,650 spectators at Wembley.

Chris Ashton claimed two first-half tries for Saracens, who are firmly on course to secure a home semi-final.