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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 10 Wasps 24

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 10 Wasps 24

Wasps left it late but tries from Willie le Roux and Josh Bassett helped them to a second successive victory to start the season, putting them on top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after two rounds of action.

Marcus Watson had earlier opened his Wasps account with a fine try, while Biyi Alo crossed for Worcester Warriors in a 24-10 defeat.

Man of the match – Guy Thompson

Dai Young has enviable back row depth at his disposal, and in Guy Thompson he had an absolute standout on Sunday. Making eight carries for 42 metres, and also adding in 11 tackles and three defenders beaten, it was an all-round display from the flanker, who made an impact both in defence and attack.

Try of the match: There were a number of beauties from Wasps but we’ll go for Marcus Watson’s first competitive try for them since his summer move from Newcastle Falcons. Collecting the ball out on the right, there seemed no way he could score. Instead Watson played a lovely grubber through and had the strength to get the ball down.

Moment of the match: Worcester might have ended up on the losing side, but Christian Scotland-Williamson produced a tackle late on that will live long in the memory. Alex Reider thought he had spotted a way through the Worcester defences, instead he was on the wrong end of a thumping hit from the second row.

What they said

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young:

“I think that we were flattered a little bit by that result. I always thought we had another gear and that we probably just did enough to win the game, but I think it was cruel for Worcester to not get a bonus point because I think they deserved one.
“I don’t think there was two scores between the teams. We knew that Worcester would bounce back from last week, that was a given. We knew they would come here with lots of physicality, endeavour and energy and put us under lots of pressure.”

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold:

“I don’t think anyone can question our heart and passion but we need to continue to work on our accuracy.
“Nick (Schonert) is a world-class tighthead so when he went off scrums became difficult.
“To lose him in the first move of the day was a blow and then to lose Tommy (Heathcote) and then Ben (Te’o) it became too much for us.
“But I don’t want to ever take anything away from Wasps as they are a quality outfit and were constantly asking questions.”

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