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Match Reaction: Wasps 62 Worcester Warriors 10

Match Reaction: Wasps 62 Worcester Warriors 10

Lee Blackett was delighted with the performance of his young side as Wasps cruised to a 62-10 Anglo-Welsh Cup victory over Worcester Warriors.

A tight battle in the first half saw the home side lead 19-10 at the break, but in the second they cut loose, with Jacob Umaga and Dan Robson each crossing twice.

And backs coach Blackett was impressed by the execution the team after the break.

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He said: “Today was really good. We spoke in the week about this being a must-win game, and keeping our unbeaten home record meant a lot to the boys who were going out there to perform.

“The competition is great as it gives younger guys a chance, and also some of those who haven’t had much game-time recently did really well out there.

“Thomas Young and Tom Cruse were the two outstanding forwards in the first half, and they both really showed why they have played so much Premiership rugby this year.

“At half-time we said we were a little bit too tightly spaced defensively, and that we needed to be more direct in attack.

“We also took our chances in the second half when we made breaks, and finished off the opportunities.”

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Worcester stayed in touch in the first half thanks to a double from Josh Adams, but fell away in the second.

And defence coach Simon Cross was desperately disappointed at their inability to maintain their standard in the second period.

He said: “We’re angry and hugely disappointed about our display, particularly given the half-time score.

“I thought we stuck in very well in the first half and did what we said we were going to do, but the final result was very disappointing.

“Everything went wrong after the break. We gifted them 20 or 25 points through turnovers, which is an area we had really focused on against Bristol last week.

“We also said we must score when we got into the opposition 22, but we had three clear-cut chances in the second half, and if you don’t take them and the ball goes loose we know Wasps can go the length of the pitch.”

Wasps: O’Conor, Howe, Leuia (James, 52), Macken, Armitage, Eastgate (Umaga, 56), Simpson (Robson, 40), West (Harris 40), Cruse (Johnson, 60), Swainston (Stuart, 49); Garratt, Rowlands, Gaskell, Young (Willis 60), Rieder (Harry, 60).

Worcester Warriors: Adams, Lokotui (Taylor, 70), Short, Stelling, Biggs, Heathcote (Hearle, 12), Dowsett (De Cothi, 65), Appiah (Bower, 42), Singleton (Williams, 67), Daniels (Alo, 42), Kitchener, Van der Sluys (Clegg, 55), Betty, Lewis (Ripper-Smith, 62), Cox.

Wasps

Tries: Cruse, Young, Willis, Robson 2, Macken, Howe, Umaga 2, O’Conor

Conversions: Eastgate 4, James 2

Worcester Warriors

Tries: Adams 2

Referee: Adam Jones

Attendance: 12,007

The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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