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18 Nov 2012: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

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Match Report
Worcester's Badge Wasps 28
Wasps's Badge Wasps 19
Fixture Type: LV= Cup Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 18 Nov 2012, Kick Off: 15:00
Assistant Referee: Roy Maybank Assistant Referee: Andrew Small
Referee: Rhys Thomas

Wasps keep home run going

London Wasps 28 - 19 Worcester Warriors

Wasps kept up their 100% record at Adams Park, with their fifth home win of the season. The result means their LV=Cup campaign is still very much alive, after Saracens’ defeat to Sale on Friday night.

After a lively start, in which they showed a welcome willingness to move the ball, Wasps took a deserved lead in the seventh minute. After Elliot Daly’s long angled kick found touch fifteen metres from the left corner, they stole a lineout and Simon McIntyre – scorer of the only try in the recent Premiership clash between the two sides - charged 15 metres to go over for a score, near the left corner. Tommy Bell added the extra points, with a fine conversion.#

Four minutes later, Worcester had a chance to open their account, when Wasps were penalised, 35 metres out, but Joe Carlisle’s kick went wide of the left post.

A storming run by lock Craig Gillies after 16 minutes was Worcester’s first serious threat. They began to gain some momentum and established a foothold in Wasps territory.

With 15 minutes of the half left, Jonah Holmes was shown a yellow card, after a series of Wasps offences. Within a minute, Worcester took advantage of their numerical superiority, when quick passing created an opening for Jon Clarke to cross near the posts. Carlisle missed the conversion, but made no mistake, two minutes later, when another well-worked move created an overlap for Andy Short to go over in the left corner. The crowd was angry that the officials had missed what seemed like a clear knock-on, earlier in the move – but the fly-half’s excellent kick gave the visitors a 12-7 lead.

Tommy Bell narrowed the gap, with a penalty, three minutes later and Wasps comfortably played out the remaining minutes of Holmes’s absence.

A minute after his return, they regained the lead with another Bell penalty – a superb kick from the left touchline. Late pressure from Worcester failed to produce a score, and Wasps headed for the changing-rooms at half time with the narrowest of leads.

Wasps started the second half the stronger, and an impressive scrum produced a penalty inside the Worcester 22, six minutes after the break. Bell’s kick was again on target, from near the right touchline, and the Wasps lead was stretched to 16-12.

They came within a whisker of going further ahead, after Ashley Johnson’s powerful charge from the back of a lineout launched a move which ended with Tom Varndell almost going over in the left corner, only to be denied by a double tackle by Errie Claassens and Nikki Walker, which just forced him into touch, as he went for the line.

After a drab period of play, littered with Worcester handling errors, Wasps brought the crowd back to life with a superb try, 17 minutes from time. Tom Lindsay threw to the back of a lineout on the Worcester 22, Wasps won quick ball and Chris Bell’s powerful burst in midfield sucked in the defence. Quick ball set up space on the right, and Tom Varndell came into the line to send Jack Wallace over in the corner. Tommy Bell added another superb conversion, and then made way for Lee Thomas. Further Wasps replacements brought James Haskell, Charlie Davies, Nathan Morris and Will Taylor into the fray, in place of Sam Jones, Jonah Holmes, Tom Lindsay and Phil Swainston.

Worcester brought themselves right back into the game, ten minutes from time, when replacement winger Ben Howard went over in the left corner and Carlisle’s fine conversion made the score 23-19.

Wasps produced the perfect immediate response, when Charlie Davies gathered a kick, 30 metres out, and accelerated through a gap to race away for a thrilling try in the right corner, which Lee Thomas was unable to convert.

Wasps completed their replacements, with five minutes left, when Chris Mayor, David Hughes and Lewis Thiede came on for Tom Varndell, Josh Thomas-Brown and Simon McIntyre.

One fine move almost brought the bonus point try, but Lee Thomas was stopped by a last-ditch tackle, ten metres short of the line.

One final assault ended in a Worcester penalty, with the clock at zero. Realising that another try would bring them two bonus points, they ran the ball from near their own line, but the move came to nothing, and Wasps ended up the winners.

London Wasps return to Adams Park next weekend when they take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday 25 November, KO 14:30.

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London Wasps team

Hugo Southwell (c), Jack Wallace, Elliott Daly, Chris Bell, Tom Varndell, Tommy Bell, Jonah Holmes, Simon McIntyre, Tom Lindsay, Phil Swainston, Josh Thomas-Brown, James Cannon, Sam Jones, Matt Everard, Ashley Johnson


Nathan Morris, Lewis Thiede, Will Taylor, Dave Hughes, James Haskell, Charlie Davies, Lee Thomas, Chris Mayor

Worcester Warriors

15 Errie Claassens 14 Nikki Walker 13 Alex Grove 12 Jon Clarke 11 Andy Short 10 Joe Carlisle 9 Jonny Arr 1 Ceri Jones 2 Ollie Hayes 3 Rob O'Donnell 4 Dean Schofield (c) 5 Craig Gillies 6 Richard de Carpentier 7 Jake Abbott 8 Blair Cowan


16 Ed Shervington 17 Ryan Furniss 18 James Currie 19 Chris Jones 20 Neil Best 21 Paul Hodgson
22 Andy Goode 23 Ben Howard