Match Report: Wasps U18s 28-17 Worcester Warriors U18s
Wasps Academy opened up with a bonus point win over Worcester Warriors on Friday in the first round of the Premiership Rugby U18 Competition.
The 28-17 win was played out in heavy fog, but it it didn't dampen the attacking enthusiasm of the young Wasps side.
Early field position and dominant carries from hooker Alfie Barbeary and Joe Tunney, were capitalised on as Tom Willis found a way over from a five metre ruck.
As Jacob Umaga added the extras, Worcester immediately hit back, aided by poor discipline giving them strong field position, and two driven lineouts in quick succession put them ahead 12-7. However Wasps were able to regain control in the last 10 minutes of the half, controlling the field position and pace of play. Fast movement of the ball and continuing powerful ball carries eventually saw scrum half Alex Crocker break clear, to be converted by Umaga shortly before the break.
With the fog continuing to thicken, the pace and physicality of the game increased in the second half. Sam Spink was the next to cross for Wasps, on the end of brilliant interplay between Umaga, Will Simonds and Ehize Ehizode. Inside centre Spink still had three men to beat before rounding under the posts for Umaga to again convert.
With tighthead prop Osman Dimen seeing yellow for a ruck offence, Wasps were a man down in their search for the bonus point try. The forward carriers became more and more influential and it was an initial break from lock Ehizode that caused the damage. Despite being hauled down short of the line, Willis was on hand to work over to add the fourth try.
Worcs responded with a late unconverted try but it wasn't enough to close the gap, and Wasps finished the day with a well deserved win. Next up will be Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday in Hull as the Academy League continues.