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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 35-23 Wasps

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 35-23 Wasps

Worcester Warriors ran in four second-half tries to overcome local rivals Wasps and secure a place in the last four of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Needing a win to confirm their qualification for the semi-finals, the hosts had appeared in danger of crashing out following Rob Miller’s score just after half-time.

But a double from winger Bryce Heem and some assured kicking from fly-half Duncan Weir turned the tables on the visitors in an entertaining match at Sixways, setting up a home clash with Saracens next weekend.

Man of the Match

Versatile Worcester back Ryan Mills continued his fine run of form this season, scooping the Man of the Match award a couple of weeks after his last-gasp heroics in the Challenge Cup.

Playing at inside centre, Mills helped nullify the considerable threat of Wasps midfield pair Gaby Lovobalavu and Juan de Jongh while also linking well with outside centre Francois Venter in attack.

Dovetailing as a twin playmaker with the excellent Weir, the former Gloucester man helped control the game and was key to just about everything the Warriors did well.

Following swiftly on from his recent late drop goal to send Worcester into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals Mills, it seems, is making a habit of being the man for the big occasion for his side.

Moment of the Match

Substitute Ethan Waller had only been on the pitch for just over 15 minutes when he dotted down for the decisive score of an enthralling game.

The try, which all-but sealed Worcester’s win, was yet another moment of inspiration from the electric Heem, who took the ball from a dominant scrum, sped through a gap and put Waller away to extend their lead.

From then on, there was only one winner.

Try of the Match

Although it was ultimately to no avail, Rob Miller’s 44th minute score showcased the threat Wasps present when everything clicks in their back line.

With the game still evenly poised, Josh Bassett, a menace throughout, stepped off his wing to burst through the home midfield, with full-back Miller supporting well to take the pass and finish in the corner.

Wasps will no doubt be looking to build on the scintillating interplay when they return to Premiership action against Bristol Bears on February 15.

What they said

Worcester centre Ryan Mills: “It’s brilliant, the extra game-time is going to be invaluable for the boys towards the end of the season. We’re really happy about it.

“We’re working as hard as we can in training to get things right and if it clicks you can see what happens.”

Wasps forwards coach Andy Titterrell: “The end result shows that we didn’t do enough to win the game today.

“I thought we defended exceptionally well in the second-half but a couple of lapses in concentration and they strolled in for four.

“We’ll look hard at the video and we’ve got to come up with some solutions. You could say it was a game of two halves but we’ve got to find a way of playing for 80 minutes non-stop.”

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