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Match Reaction: Wasps 30 Worcester Warriors 15

Match Reaction: Wasps 30 Worcester Warriors 15

Wasps put four tries past Worcester Warriors in Round 20 of the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

The hosts returned to winning ways after defeat to Sale last week, stepping up to the challenge to perform clinically.

Christian Wade crossed twice and tries from Joe Launchbury and Josh Bassett secured the triumph over relegation-threatened Warriors.

MAN OF THE MATCH

The clear stand-out star was Wade as he returned to form on the wing for Wasps, making the second-most metres on the pitch (67).

He opened the scoring by racing through after 10 minutes, then added another to his tally just before half time after a great break by Willie Le Roux.

Wade also demonstrated his defensive ability, gathering a clever chip by Ben Te’o under pressure to quash a Worcester attack.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Josh Bassett, who had only just come on in place of Le Roux, intercepted a loose pass and sped in from distance to seal the bonus point victory.

The bonus point now means Wasps sit just one point behind second-place Saracens, thus the try had real significance.

TRY OF THE MATCH

Wade’s second try was a show-stopper, as Le Roux made a scintillating break almost straight from the restart after Launchbury’s try.

Le Roux sliced through the Worcester defence and set up Wade, who raced in from 40 metres out to give Wasps a healthy lead going into the break.

WHAT THEY SAID

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young: “Up until the last five minutes or so our defence was pretty good.

“We had two bouts of defending with 14 men, which is not easy as we all know.

“We were in control the whole game, we were very professional in the way we played the game, and I think we learnt from the London Irish game.

“The second half I felt that we struggled to get our hands on the ball and gave away too many penalties at the tackle area and we were slow.

Conceding two tries in the last five minutes is frustrating and disappointing but I’m pleased that we got four points.”

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: ““It was (disappointing) but the first thing one has got to do is give credit to Wasps.

“I thought they played really well on the day. The game turned in that 10-minute period just before half-time when they got the two tries and a penalty, scoring 15 points, which was massive.

““What was positive from our perspective was that the boys stuck to their task right throughout that second half and we were rewarded in that last five or so minutes with two tries.”

“We spoke about it before (the game) – if you turnover the ball against a quality team like Wasps you are going to pay a price for it,” Solomons said.

“Wasps have got a lot of X-factor players who are very dangerous with that kind of ball.

“Our performance wasn’t as good as last week (against Newcastle Falcons), there is no question about that.

“But I feel that Wasps really punished us for not looking after the ball well enough.”

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