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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 10 Wasps 24

10 Sep 2017
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 10 Wasps 24

Wasps were pushed hard but late tries from Willie le Roux and Josh Bassett helped them make it two wins from two with a 24-10 win over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

After their thumping win over Sale Sharks to open the Aviva Premiership Rugby season, they found tries harder to come by here, but after Marcus Watson’s first-half effort, Le Roux and Bassett struck late to earn the win.

Worcester lost Nick Schonert to injury with the very first tackle of the game as he appeared to turn his ankle.

And after a cagey opening quarter it was the visitors who hit the front with a Jimmy Gopperth penalty.

That was quickly followed by a wonderful score for Marcus Watson, the winger finishing brilliantly after a clever grubber through. Gopperth’s conversion stretched the lead to 10-0.

Worcester thought they had levelled five minutes before half-time when Tom Heathcote burst through a gap to score but it was called back for obstruction from Sam Lewis in the build-up.

But they didn’t have to wait long, with replacement Biyi Alo, on for Schonert, forcing his way over from close range. Tom Heathcote’s conversion made it 10-7 at the break.

Worcester made the quicker start to the second half, with replacement fly-half Sam Olver slotting a penalty to level matters after some concerted pressure.

Olver then had the chance to put his team in front for the first time, but his effort came back off the post.

Instead it was Wasps who struck, opening up space on the left to send Le Roux away for a try 12 minutes from time.

And he was followed by Bassett, who collected Danny Cipriani’s inch-perfect cross-kick to jog over.