London Wasps flyer Christian Wade and his team survived a late Worcester Warriors onslaught to record a 10-6 victory, their second win of this Aviva Premiership season.
Wade butchered a dead-set try when he dropped the ball over the tryline in the 55th minute at Adams Park and then saw the Warriors take the ascendancy and nearly sneak a victory with a forward-led assault in the final minutes.
Yet solid defence saw Wasps home with their points coming from the boot of Stephen Jones and a first-ever Aviva Premiership try by prop Simon McIntyre, while Worcester only got going in the second half, fly-half Andy Goode slotting one penalty and a well-taken drop-goal.
Despite Wasps’ improved form this season and the Warriors’ bonus-point win last time out, an arm wrestle in the tight exchanges was perhaps expected with both teams looking for victory.
Yet it was a bright start at Adams Park with a try after only three minutes.
Threatening runs from Wade and Joe Launchbury gave Wasps good field position from where lock Tom Palmer slipped the ball back inside to McIntyre who crashed over from short range, Jones converting for a 7-0 lead.
Worcester immediately had the chance to hit back via the boot of Goode but the fly-half struck the left upright.
His opposite number Jones had no such problems from the tee and when the Warriors were penalised for not rolling away during a sustained Wasps attack, the Welshman stretched the lead to ten points on 15 minutes.
The Warriors had barely had a chance to run the ball through their hands at this stage but they asserted themselves through Goode’s boot and the high work rate of their pack, anchored by England hopeful Matt Kvesic at No.8.
Goode did engineer a sweeping backline move in the 35th minute but wing Jon Clarke dropped the pass from Chris Pennell.
More direction brought up the visitors’ first points just after half-time when Goode slotted a penalty from 35 metres, awarded when Wasps’ front row popped up at the scrum.
Jones erred with an attempted penalty just two minutes later, allowing Goode to cut the deficit again with a trademark 45-metre drop-goal from bang in front of the posts.
Then came Wade’s scare. Joe Simpson had broken blind from a ruck and chipped majestically over the Warriors’ defence into his wing’s hands but the ball just wouldn’t stick.
Simpson continued to find joy in peeling blind and from one of his forays on 66 minutes Warriors gave away a penalty in the ruck and Jones took aim at the posts but pushed it wide.
Wasps had more opportunites to score but Worcester came closer with their efforts at the death and from a Goode cross kick which almost bounced up for Clarke.
But the Londoners held on and stretched Worcester’s losing streak in away league games to ten.