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Match Reaction: Wasps 28-16 Worcester Warriors

Match Reaction: Wasps 28-16 Worcester Warriors

Wasps took their chances to see off a stubborn Worcester Warriors side and end a four-game losing streak in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

Nathan Hughes crossed twice, with Marcus Watson and Zurabi Zhvania also going over in the 28-16 win over the Warriors.

MAN OF THE MATCH – Brad Shields

You could certainly make a case for Nathan Hughes, who scored two tries and carried with purpose throughout. However it was Brad Shields who really shone in the back row, proving a constant menace at the breakdown and popping up regularly in support. He was also the difference-maker for Hughes’ opening try, claiming the ball after a messy restart.


For the quality of Willie le Roux’s pass alone, it has to be Marcus Watson’s try in the first half. After some extended pressure, Wasps had opened up a bit of space out wide. The Springbok full-back took full advantage, floating a beautiful ball over Chris Pennell for Watson to dot down.

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Brad Shields might have been man of the match, but the standout moment came when he was denied a try. Worcester dallied on a high kick, allowing Josh Bassett to nip in and get the ball. He put Shields away and the flanker looked to in the clear. However Francois Hougaard showed incredible desire to get back and tackle him, forcing the knock-on in the process.


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “It was a good performance for us. There’s no bad teams in this league. That’s the reality of it.

“Before this game there was only a few points between the teams in third and Newcastle at the bottom so there’s nothing between these teams.

“Anyone who turns up on the day can come up with a win or loss. I feared for this game because they’re a quality team.

“I’m just thankful to come away with a win, I would have settled for a win before the game.

“To have five points I’m really pleased with. I’ve still got some mixed emotions. I still think we’re doing some really stupid things which put us under pressure.”

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “We weren’t at the races in the first 20 minutes,” said Solomons whose side are three points above the drop zone.

“I know we made mistakes which let them into our half but our defence was not good enough in those first 20 minutes.


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