Return to the London Wasps home page
#
#
#
#
#
Match Report
Previous

Match Sponsor:

Heritage Group

Ball Sponsor:
Rugby Lotto

12 Apr 2008: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Please use the buttons below to see more information on Worcester Warriors and matches between Wasps and Worcester over the years.

Match Report
Wasps's Badge Wasps 49
Worcester's Badge Worcester Warriors 12
Fixture Type: Guinness Premiership Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sat 12 Apr 2008, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Sean Davey Touch Judge: Andrew Watson
Touch Judge: Martin Fox Timekeeper: Brian Abrahams

Bonus point win for Wasps

Seven tries secured Wasps their biggest win of the season as they cruised past Worcester Warriors, 49-12

London Wasps enjoyed their biggest win of the season as they ran in seven tries against Worcester Warriors at Adams Park to grab a bonus point and nudge past Saracens into sixth place in the Guinness Premiership table. However, the afternoon was clouded by an injury to fly half, Dave Walder, who had to be stretchered from the pitch with a leg injury midway through the second half.

Wasps Man of the Match, Joe Ward in action.

Wasps Man of the Match, Joe Ward in action.

In perfect conditions for rugby, Wasps quickly went three tries up against a young Worcester team that included two debutantes and a healthy smattering of players fresh out of the Warriors Academy. Man of the Match Joe Ward and flanker Joe Worsley, the latter making a welcome return to injury, were both carrying well as the forwards worked hard in support of a back line that was firing on all cylinders. With Cipriani orchestrating matters with aplomb, he put Flutey through for Wasps first try and scored the third himself after Pat Barnard had been rumbled over from close quarters in between.

As Worcester Director of Rugby, Mike Ruddock, conceded, his team had started brightly, but could not sustain the level of play required to keep pace with their experienced hosts, and when England U20 flanker Matt Cox was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball at the end of the first quarter Wasps, already seven points to the good, went up a gear to score two well constructed tries in his absence. Ciprianis was the pick of the first half bunch, an end to end effort kick started by Tom Voyce, running the ball out of his own 22. Joe Ward then recycled quick ball for Sackey to get Wasps over half way, and the forwards took over to create an inviting blind side. Cipriani and Flutey whipped the ball to Waldouck on the wing, who then threaded the perfect pass back inside through the retreating Worcester defence to allow Cipriani a simple run to the posts.

Wasps' bright young talent, Dominic Waldouck, races down field

Wasps' bright young talent, Dominic Waldouck, races down field

At 21-0 down Worcester showed character in coming back, and it was the debutante Cox who profited from Craig Gillies clean take at a five metre line out and was driven over to get the Warriors off the mark before half time.

However, as the second half began Wasps were quick to extend their lead when Mark Van Gisbergen, on as a replacement for Flutey, was on hand to finish off a break from Waldouck down the right flank after the centre had swatted away the attentions of young Warriors winger, Miles Benjamin.

As the replacements were introduced, and with the game effectively in the bag for Wasps, the intensity subsided as the game suffered a scrappy fifteen minutes. With Waldouck forced from the field for attention to a cut on his head, Walder took his place and Wasps launched their best attack of the half to date. Then, as play swung back from left to right, Walder went down in a tackle and after a lengthy stoppage was carried from the pitch clearly in some distress.

Play resumed with Wasps still in a healthy attacking position and Joe Ward, whose good work in at the breakdown and mobility around the pitch earned him the Man of the Match Bollinger, came close to going over before Cipriani, firmly on the front foot, used Lewsey then Shaw off his shoulder, the latter stretching out for Wasps fifth try of the afternoon.

Fly half Danny Cipriani slots home again, as he completes another flawless kicking display.

Fly half Danny Cipriani slots home again, as he completes another flawless kicking display.

McGeechans men increased their lead practically from the restart as Tom Voyce, another of the Wasps squad making a welcome return from injury in this game, took a pass off the counter-attacking Van Gisbergen and simply motored through the Worcester midfield to score.

With less than ten minutes to go Ward, who did everything except score, came close again after getting in support of Ciprianis wide run round the outside. Though he didnt get across the line, he did provide quick ball for his fly half to furnish Van Gisbergen with his second try of the day. Cipriani then slotted the seventh of seven faultless conversions.

Worcester came back with a late flurry and a try for hooker Matt Mullan in the final minute, but Wasps had done more than enough to secure the bonus point win before heading off to prepare for a midweek meeting with Sale at Adams Park on Tuesday.

Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan said, Worcester are a decent side these days and have developed some real continuity in their game so we knew it was important to perform today. I think we did that, everyone really played their part and Im really pleased with the rugby we are playing at the moment.

We have five games left to play before the play offs, but this is the type of challenge this club likes. We know that if we just keep collecting points all the way down the line then the end result will look after itself.

Simon Shaw comes off the bench to score yet another Wasps try.

Simon Shaw comes off the bench to score yet another Wasps try.

Captain Lawrence Dallaglio added: Worcester were one or two players down because of injury, but they came here on the back of five wins on the trot. It was refreshing for us to be able to put out a full side against them and get an important win, After not playing last weekend we were a bit rusty, and perhaps players were snatching at passes a little bit today, but it was a professional job which will give us some momentum.

Obviously losing Dave Walder is a blow, but aside from that there were a lot of positives from todays game: Joe Worsley, Tom Voyce and Pat Barnard are all back after long term injuries, and the squad is coming to the boil just at he right time.

Weve got another big game on Tuesday, but we seem to thrive from these pressure situations and we are looking forward to that game. Weve got a strong squad, and though at certain times in the season you can forget who is in the squad, as so many of them go away for such a long time, when we are fit and everyone there its actually pretty impressive.