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Match Report: Wasps 30 Worcester Warriors 15

14 Apr 2018
Match Report: Wasps 30 Worcester Warriors 15

Wasps returned to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership as they ran in four tries to ease past Worcester Warriors at the Ricoh Arena.

Defeat to Sale last week dented their top-four hopes but they displayed control and a clinical edge throughout Saturday’s clash to get back on track.

Two tries from Christian Wade and scores from Joe Launchbury and Josh Bassett gave the home side a deserved victory over relegation-threatened Warriors.

The effervescent Wade showed Worcester’s defence a clean pair of heels as he raced over after ten minutes, although Jimmy Gopperth’s conversion slipped narrowly wide of the target.

The Kiwi nailed his next effort, however, slotting three points after the visitors were penalised for offside, but Dorian Jones cancelled this out minutes later with a penalty of his own to get the visitors up and running.

But Dai Young’s men hit their opponents with a double-punch before the break, England lock Launchbury crashing over from close range after strong work by Juan De Jongh, Gopperth converting.

And practically from the restart, Willie Le Roux sliced through the Worcester defence before setting up Wade to touch down for his second of the afternoon.

Despite missing the extras, Gopperth did kick another penalty before the whistle as the hosts finished the half in control.

Wasps had Jack Willis sin binned moments into the second period and Worcester threw bodies forward trying to make the extra man count.

However, dogged defending by the hosts kept Warriors at bay – David Denton agonisingly losing control of the ball inches from the line after a quick penalty.

Young’s side held firm and thought they had the bonus-point score 12 minutes from time – Guy Thompson finished a terrific team move after Wade unselfishly set him up but it was ruled out by the officials after an earlier infringement by Gopperth, who was also sent to the sin bin.

But this was momentary respite for Worcester as Josh Bassett intercepted a pass to race clear under the posts for the fourth try, Elliot Daly adding the easy two in Gopperth’s absence.

Warriors did give their fans something to cheer when Dean Hammond crossed a minute from time, Jamie Shillcock sending the conversion wide.

And one became two for the Warriors in added time when Josh Adams powered over, Shillcock making no mistake this time.