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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 35 Wasps 54

Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young heaped praise on six-try star Christian Wade after his side’s 54-35 victory over Worcester Warriors.

Wade’s 100th appearance for the club couldn’t have gone better as Wasps moved up into second place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

The wing now has nine tries for the season as he attempts to force his way into England coach Eddie Jones’ plans for the summer tour to Australia.

Young said: “He's up there with the best. He's deadly and I wouldn't swap him for anyone.

"It was a timely reminder from him that he's still about and shouldn't be forgotten for either the Saxons or England tours this summer.

"It was a great game and I really enjoyed watching it as both teams were prepared to play rugby and throw it about.

"We had a couple of lucky breaks and interceptions at crucial times, which made it easier for us.

"The dry pitch suited us but we looked a bit tired at times. We couldn't quite win the collisions and obviously we didn't want to ship that many points."

Wasps’ performance was a continuation of the form which has seen them suffer just a single Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat, away at Gloucester Rugby, in their last 12.

By contrast, it is the second time in two weeks that the Warriors have conceded a half century of points after they went down 50-12 at Exeter Chiefs a fortnight ago.

But first-half tries from Francois Hougaard and Cooper Vuna followed up by second period scores from Andy Symons, Bryce Heem and captain GJ Van Velze meant Worcester at least left with a try-scoring bonus point.

Worcester’s director of rugby Dean Ryan was understandably disappointed with his side’s performance and didn’t hide his frustrations post-match.

He said: "We don't want to be involved in any end-of-season jamboree as we have a responsibility to the league.

"The first 40 minutes weren't acceptable as we didn't apply ourselves as we were easily picked off.

"I've no idea where that first-half performance came from, and comebacks are irrelevant.

"I'm not dressing it up. We made it easy for them as we haven't been at the races for the past two games and I'm not prepared to let the season drift to an end."

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