CHRISTIAN Wade says he is ready to propel Wasps to glory after a stunning seven-try display sent his side through to next week’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s final at Twickenham Stoop.
The 24-year-old lit up the Ricoh Arena with an astonishing performance as Wasps romped to top spot in Group C with three comfortable victories in the midlands leg of the competition.
His opening hat-trick helped his side to a 40-14 win over Harlequins, before a pair of double scores against both Northampton Saints and against Saracens in the final game of the evening saw Wasps triumph 47-5 and 33-10 respectively.
Wade showed he has lost none of the sharpness that saw him once excel on the international 7s stage as an up-and-coming player, but is already firmly focused on guiding his side to glory in next Friday’s final showcase.
He said: “I love sevens, I’ve always loved sevens and the last time I played was in 2010 before I got injured.
“So I was really really pleased that I got picked, and I’m now looking forward to next week as well at Twickenham Stoop. “We may not have the home crowd there, but I’m sure we’ll get a lot of fans down and all the boys are already really looking forward to it.
“Sevens is a game where everyone is there for the rugby, not just to support one team, so hopefully we can put on a good show.
“But it would be huge to lift that trophy. We haven’t won this for a long time, so we really want to do it. It would be my first silverware with Wasps too so I’m sure it will be a great occasion.”
Wasps fielded a strong side in the tournament with the likes of Elliot Daly lining up alongside Wade to give the side an international edge.
But skipper Guy Thompson admits Gloucester Rugby will be the side to beat as they look to make it three straight Singha 7s titles next week.
He added: “We’re absolutely ecstatic to go through, and I’m obviously very proud of all the boys. Everyone put their hands up at the Ricoh.
“We knew it was going to be tough, as every team is full of young lads wanting to go out and play with nothing to lose, but we know it was only half the job and we’ve got to turn up and do it all again.
“To lift the trophy would be incredible. It’d be the first bit of silverware for Wasps in a few years, and it’s massively important also as a kickstart to where we want to be this season.”
Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale. For full details see premiershiprugby.com/7s