Worcester secure vital London Wasps victory

Worcester secured a much needed Aviva Premiership victory when they beat London Wasps 29-23 at Sixways on Saturday.


Home fly-half Andy Goode opened the scoring with a penalty before two Nicky Robinson penalties gave the visitors an early 6-3 lead.


The Wasps advantage was a brief as the Warriors dominated all facets of play in an absorbing half an hour of play. Firstly, a sweeping move exploited the overlap for full-back Chris Pennell to race in to score the unconverted try.


Then a powerful forward surge from the Warriors pack was halted just before the line before an exquisite Goode chip in behind Wasps’ defense was dotted down by winger David Lemi. Goode’s conversion took the Warriors into a well-deserved 15-6 lead.


The Warriors controlled most of the play and had the substantial territorial advantage as half-time approached. On the stroke of half-time Robinson had the chance to reduce the deficit but his penalty attempt drifted just wide.


Wasps hit back immediately after the break when a turnover inflicted by the influential Ashley Johnson saw the ball recycled to T Rhys Thomas whose try took the score to 15-11.


The Warriors nightmare start to the second-half continued when Josh Drauniniu was yellow carded for deliberately knocking the ball on before Johnson made the most of the numerical advantage to score and help Wasps retake the lead 18-15.


In this epic see-saw encounter the Warriors responded in quick fashion as a rampaging line-out drive enabled Warriors number eight Blair Cowan to cross as the try-scorer. Replacement fly-half Danny Gray’s conversion took the score to 22-18.


With Andrea Masi in the sin-bin for a shoulder charge, scrum-half Johnny Arr found some space to touch down for the bonus-point try and extend the hosts lead to 29-18 with ten minutes remaining.


Wasps determinedly went in search for the losing bonus point and it took a try from replacement Jack Wallace deep into added time to secure the vital point for the London side.


Final Score Worcester Warriors (15) 29 London Wasps (6) 23


Scorers


Worcester
Tries: Pennell, Lemi, Cowan, Arr
Con: Goode, Gray 2
Pen: Goode


Wasps
Tries: Thomas, Johnson, Wallace
Con: Robinson
Pen: Robinson 2


Match Officials
Referee:
Greg Garner (45th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Bolton & Paul Dix.


Teams


Warriors


15 Chris Pennell , 14 Josh Drauniniu , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Jon Clarke , 11 David Lemi , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Jonny Arr,1 Matt Mullan , 2 Ed Shervington , 3 Euan Murray , 4 James Percival (c) , 5 Dean Schofield , 6 Neil Best , 7 Matt Kvesic , 8 Blair Cowan


Replacements , 16 Aleki Lutui , 17 Ceri Jones , 18 John Andress , 19 Craig Gillies , 20 Sam Betty , 21 Paul Hodgson , 22 Danny Gray , 23 Josh Matavesi


London Wasps


15. Hugo Southwell (c) , 14. Elliot Daly , 13. Andrea Masi , 12. Chris Bell , 11. Tom Varndell , 10. Nick Robinson , 9. Joe Simpson,.1. Tim Payne , 2. T Rhys Thomas , 3. Phil Swainston , 4. James Cannon , 5. Marco Wentzel , 6. Ashley Johnson , 7. Jonathan Poff , 8. Sam Jones


Replacements : 16. Tom Lindsay , 17. Zak Taulafo , 18. Will Taylor , 19. Alex Rae , 20. Matt Everard , 21. Stuart Commins , 22. Stephen Jones , 23. Charlie Hayter

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