London Wasps break Worcester hearts

Worcester came within a whisker of winning their first Aviva Premiership match of the season but lost at the death 11-13 to London Wasps at Sixways.

Jake Cooper-Woolley scored a late try to deny Worcester their first Premiership victory of the 2013/4 season.

With the clock in the red, the young prop crashed over from close range to
level the scores at 11-11 after Worcester had defended for their lives in the
last few minutes.

Andy Goode’s conversion condemned Worcester to a 22nd straight
Premiership defeat.

In the week he was described as being “past his sell-by date” by
Newcastle boss Dean Richards, Samoan winger David Lemi produced a piece of individual
magic that threatened to breathe new life into his side’s battle against the
drop only for Wasps to hold their nerve and register their first win in six
outings in all competitions.

There was little indication of the drama to come after a soporific first half
which saw the sides go into the break locked at 3-3 after a long range penalty
from Chris Pennell had been cancelled out by former Warrior Goode.

With 53 minutes on the clock and Worcester trailing 6-3 after a second Goode
penalty, the game burst into life when pocket-rocket Lemi counter attacked down
the left, burst past the veteran pivot and then stepped inside Elliot Daly before
being tackled just short of the line by the tireless James Haskell.

Lemi was able to offload in contact and flanker Sam Betty was up in support
to gather the bouncing ball for a try that lifted an otherwise subdued Sixways
crowd.

Fired up, Lemi looked to get his hands on the ball at every opportunity and
a couple more thrusts pinned Wasps back in their own 22. Sadly his involvement
was curtailed when he limped off approaching the hour mark.

But a big hit by Pennell on Elliot Daly lifted Worcester again and a high tackle
from Carlo Festuccia on Ravai Fatiaki presented Ryan Lamb with a long-range
penalty that proved to be just inside his range.

Wasps’ miserable night up until that point was summed up when they lost a lineout
and then conceded a penalty five metres from the Warriors’ line.

But they pressed on and after four minutes of concerted pressure, and nearly
150 tackles from the home side, Cooper-Woolley forced his way over and Goode
kept his nerve to provide the cruelest of finishes.

Final Score Worcester 11 (3) London Wasps 13 (3)

Scorers

Worcester
Tries – Betty
Pen -Pennell, Lamb
Con –
Drop –

London Wasps
Tries – Cooper-Woolley
Pen – Goode (2)
Con – Goode
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee
: Andrew Small (100th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees:Ashley Rowden and Paul Dix.
TMO: David Grashoff

Teams

Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell , 14 Josh Drauniniu , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Ravai Fatiaki , 11 David Lemi , 10 Ryan Lamb , 9 Jonny Arr , 8 Jonathan Thomas (C), 7 Sam Betty , 6 Mike Williams , 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 James Percival , 3 Euan Murray , 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Ofa Fainga’anuku

Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington , 17 Paul Andrew , 18 Rob O’Donnell , 19 Semisi Taulava , 20 Richard de Carpentier , 21 Paul Hodgson , 22 Ignacio Mieres , 23 Andy Symons

London Wasps

15. Elliot Daly , 14. James Short , 13. Andrea Masi , 12. Chris Bell , 11. Josh Bassett , 10. Andy Goode , 9. Joe Simpson , 1. Matt Mullan , 2. Tom Lindsay , 3. Jake

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