Worcester Warriors 10-24 Wasps, Sixways
Late tries in the final quarter helped Wasps earn a hard fought victory over Worcester Warriors in their Aviva Premiership clash at Sixways on Sunday.
This is Wasps' second win in two games as they claim the top position in the table while Worcester Warriors languish at the bottom.
Warriors suffered an early setback when Nic Schonert was forced off the field in the 1st minute with a suspected broken ankle and their agony only increased when Marcus Watson crossed over in the 21st minute with Jimmy Gopperth adding a conversion and a penalty on either side.
However, Worcester Warriors managed to end the first half well with replacement Biyi Alo going past the line in the 38th minute and the conversion from Tom Heathcote reduced the trail to three points.
Replacement Sam Olver on his first home debut helped the Warriors level the scores 10-10 with a 57th minute penalty but his second attempt for a three pointer was missed by a whisker when the ball had hit the post.
As the game was heading for a tight finish, fullback Willie le Roux provided Wasps with a breathing space when he danced past the post in the 67th minute and 10 minutes later winger Josh Bassett also crossed over. Gopperth added the extras on both the occasions as Wasps completed a 14 point victory.
Wasps rugby director Dai Young admitted that the Warriors were unlucky to miss out on a losing bonus point.
"These are games you can lose and it was a little bit cruel on Worcester not to get a losing bonus point. But I always felt we had something in hand.
"When a team scores just before half-time they gain momentum and it took us a long time in the second half to turn it round but we defended well and I was pleased with our resolve.
"It was a great finish by Marcus Watson but no surprise. That's why we signed him. And Josh Bassett took his try well too."
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