OW Christian Wade said he felt he was playing the best rugby of his career after scoring two tries in this win over Worcester, drawing him level with Kenny Logan as Wasps’ all-time leading try scorer on 79.
The 25-year-old took his season’s tally to 14, cementing his place at the top of the Aviva Premiership charts and earning him high praise from Wasps’ otherwise decidedly unimpressed head coach Dai Young, who described him as “the difference between the two teams on the day” and a player he “would not swap for anyone”.
Wade, though, was phlegmatic about his performance, saying he was more concerned with getting home to cook his mother a special Mother’s Day Caribbean meal of chicken, rice and peas and insisting he harboured no great expectations of an England recall in the near future, or a late Lions call-up, as he experienced four years ago.
“No, not really,” he said. “Since the World Cup – not getting selected and stuff – I’ve just stripped everything back to basics. Now I just try to improve week by week and just enjoy it. That’s been my thing since 2015 and I’ll continue like that. I’m improving all the time. I was left out for whatever reason [in 2015] but I’ve moved on.”
Young commented, “Very rarely does Christian not beat the first man. I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.”