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KO: 3:00PM
Sunday, February 03, 2019

Stadium Sixways Stadium

Referees Mike Hudson, Greg MacDonald, Paul Dix, Sean Davey

Wasps end cup campaign with defeat at Worcester

Wasps’ Premiership Rugby Cup campaign ended in a 36-23 defeat at the hands of Worcester Warriors, as four second-half tries booked the hosts into a home semi-final in the competition.

Worcester dominated the first-half at Sixways, but only had a 9-8 lead to show for it at the break.

Josh Bassett’s interception try gave Wasps the lead before Duncan Weir and Lima Sopoaga exchanged penalties.

Two further Weir penalties then gave the home side their slender advantage after a drab first-half.

The game then burst into life in the second-half. First, Miller crossed for Wasps , but a gilt-edged try-scoring opportunity then went begging, before Billy Searle’s penalty put them seven points ahead.

Worcester soon drew level through Bryce Heem’s converted try.

Further scores by Francois Venter, Ethan Waller and Heem’s second took Worcester clear although Wasps had the final say with Nizaam Carr’s late try.

Worcester squandered an early scoring opportunity, when Anton Bresler knocked on a few metres from the line after Pierce Phillips burst through the defence and Francois Hougaard was on hand to continue the move.

Wasps were then forced into an early replacement, as Jake Cooper-Woolley suffered a wrist injury and made way for Will Stuart.

After absorbing over ten minutes of pressure, Wasps finally found their way into the home half when Stuart burst away from a maul and made 15 metres. When the ball was recycled and moved out to the left, a stray pass went to ground and Worcester were able to steal possession.

With 17 minutes gone, it was completely against the run of play when Wasps took the lead. They had created some space on the left, but Sopoaga was stopped in his tracks by Heem’s powerful tackle. Worcester snapped up the loose ball and moved play out to the right, but Bassett intercepted Jack Singleton’s pass and ran in from near halfway for his tenth try of the season.

Four minutes later, Wasps were penalised at a breakdown just inside their 22 and Weir had a simple kick to open his side’s account.

Wasps’ response was immediate, after Charlie Matthews leapt high to tap the restart back into the hands of Ben Harris, who charged into the 22. Several phases later, Worcester were penalised and Sopoaga’s kick restored the five-point lead.

The penalty tit-for-tat quickly continued with Ben Morris offending at the breakdown 12 metres inside the Wasps half and Weir was again on target.

Despite dominating possession, Worcester were unable to pierce the Wasps defence until the unlikely figure of prop Nick Schonert went through a gap, only to lose the ball in contact. He suffered a blow to his head when he hit the ground and was replaced by Gareth Milasinovich.

Four minutes before half-time, Worcester finally crossed the line after Heem’s powerful burst sent GJ van Velze storming down the right into the 22. When play was moved infield, the ball was spun out wide where Dean Hammond went over in the corner. After captain Ashley Johnson spoke to the referee, the TMO spotted a clear knock-on and the try was ruled out. However, Worcester did not leave empty-handed, as advantage had been played for a Wasps offence in front of the posts and Weir’s simple kick gave the home side a one-point lead.

On the stroke of half-time, Worcester wasted another golden opportunity when Phillips broke through midfield but spilt possession in Tom Cruse’s tackle, just short of the line.

Wasps made a change for the second-half, with Billy Searle replacing Sopoaga. Five minutes after the restart, Wasps reclaimed the lead with a superb try, following a scrum inside their own half. Bassett came off his wing to go through a gap. Rob Miller was in support and Bassett’s pass sent him in from 22 metres.

Wasps then had a glorious chance to stretch their lead when Joe Simpson intercepted just outside his 22. Deep inside the Worcester half, he found Bassett in support. He fed Marcus Watson, who cut inside rather than return the ball to the unmarked Bassett. With the defence back in numbers, a knock-on followed and the chance had gone.

With ten minutes of the half played, Watson came infield and made good ground which led to a breakdown penalty 35 metres out, in front of the posts. Searle was on target and the Wasps lead was stretched to seven points.

Four minutes later, Ryan Mills sent a neat chip through the defence and Venter gathered to take play into the 22. Sam Lewis’ offload created space on the right and it was Heem who finished the move in the right corner. Weir’s fine conversion levelled the scores at 16-all.

Gaby Lovobalavu’s weaving run then launched a threatening Wasps attack which took play deep into the 22 before Hougaard deflected a pass into touch. The lineout was lost and Weir sent a kick out to the right where Heem was in space. It took a superb piece of covering by Bassett to end the threat.

With the game now opening up, Worcester kept up the momentum and a sustained attack ended when Venter went over near the posts, giving Weir the simplest of conversions.

The next Wasps replacement saw Tommy Taylor making a welcome return from injury, but Worcester then struck a decisive blow when Heem again opened up the defence and sent replacement prop Waller crashing over for a fine try. Weir again converted and the try which secured a home semi-final came 11 minutes from time, when Bassett was unable to gather Searle’s kick pass and Heem gathered the loose ball to run 35 metres for his second try.

Two minutes from time, Carr went over for a consolation try, which Searle converted to make the final score 35-23.

Wasps are next in action at Ricoh Arena in the Gallagher Premiership versus Sale Sharks on Saturday 23 February. Tickets are available by clicking the button below, starting from £17 for adults, with under 10s free in certain price categories.

 

Lineup

Worcester Warriors
Wasps
  • Callum
    Black
    1
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jack
    Singleton
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Nicholas Peter
    Schonert
    3
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Anton
    Bresler
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Pierce
    Phillips
    5
    James
    Gaskell
  • Marco
    Mama
    6
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Sam
    Lewis
    7
    Ben
    Morris
  • Gerrit-Jan
    Van Velze
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Francois
    Hougaard
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Duncan
    Weir
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Dean
    Hammond
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Ryan
    Mills
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jacobus Francois
    Venter
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Bryce
    Heem
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Chris
    Pennell
    15
    Rob
    Miller

Replacements

  • Niall
    Annett
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Ethan Charles A
    Waller
    17
    Tom
    West
  • Gareth Richard
    Milasinovich
    18
    Will
    Stuart
  • Darren
    Barry
    19
    Kearnan
    Myall
  • Matthew
    Cox
    20
    Joe
    Atkinson
  • Michael
    Heaney
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Will
    Butler
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Nick
    David
    23
    Ross
    Neal
35 - 23
Final Whistle Blows
67'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Gabiriele Lovobalavu
35
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23
67'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jack Singleton
35
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23
67'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ross Neal
35
-
23
67'
Replacement On
Replacement on Niall Annett
35
-
23
78'
Conversion
Billy Searle has kicked the conversion
35
-
23
78'
Try
Will Stuart has scored a try
35
-
21
74'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Chris Pennell
35
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21
74'
Replacement On
Replacement on Nick David
35
-
21
73'
Replacement On
Replacement on Matt Cox
35
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21
73'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Marco Mama
35
-
21
71'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Francois Venter
35
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16
71'
Replacement On
Replacement on Will Butler
35
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16
71'
Missed Conversion
Duncan Weir has missed the conversion
35
-
16
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Charlie Matthews
35
-
16
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Kearnan Myall
35
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16
69'
Try
Bryce Heem has scored a try
35
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16
64'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ben Harris
35
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16
64'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tom West
35
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16
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Craig Hampson
35
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16
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Joe Simpson
35
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16
65'
Replacement On
Replacement on Tommy Taylor
30
-
16
65'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Tom Cruse
30
-
16
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Joe Atkinson
30
-
16
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Ashley Johnson
30
-
16
67'
Conversion
Duncan Weir has kicked the conversion
30
-
16
66'
Try
Ethan Waller has scored a try
30
-
16
60'
Replacement On
Replacement on Michael Heaney
23
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16
60'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Francois Hougaard
23
-
16
60'
Conversion
Duncan Weir has kicked the conversion
23
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16
60'
Try
Francois Venter has scored a try
23
-
16
58'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Anton Bresler
23
-
16
58'
Replacement On
Replacement on Darren Barry
23
-
16
54'
Conversion
Duncan Weir has kicked the conversion
16
-
16
53'
Try
Bryce Heem has scored a try
14
-
16
51'
Penalty
Billy Searle has kicked the penalty goal
9
-
16
48'
Replacement On
Replacement on Ethan Waller
9
-
13
48'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Callum Black
9
-
13
46'
Missed Conversion
Billy Searle has missed the conversion
9
-
13
45'
Try
Rob Miller has scored a try
9
-
13
41'
Replacement On
Replacement on Billy Searle
9
-
8
41'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Lima Sopoaga
9
-
8
40'
Penalty
Duncan Weir has kicked the penalty goal
9
-
8
33'
Replacement On
Replacement on Gareth Milasinovich
6
-
8
33'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Nick Schonert
6
-
8
17'
Missed Conversion
Lima Sopoaga has missed the conversion
6
-
8
26'
Penalty
Duncan Weir has kicked the penalty goal
6
-
8
23'
Penalty
Lima Sopoaga has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
8
21'
Penalty
Duncan Weir has kicked the penalty goal
3
-
5
16'
Try
Josh Bassett has scored a try
0
-
5
2'
Replacement Off
Replacement off Jake Cooper-Woolley
0
-
0
2'
Replacement On
Replacement on Will Stuart
0
-
0
0 - 0
Match Kicks Off

Lineup

Worcester Warriors
Wasps
  • Callum
    Black
    1
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jack
    Singleton
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Nicholas Peter
    Schonert
    3
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Anton
    Bresler
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Pierce
    Phillips
    5
    James
    Gaskell
  • Marco
    Mama
    6
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Sam
    Lewis
    7
    Ben
    Morris
  • Gerrit-Jan
    Van Velze
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Francois
    Hougaard
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Duncan
    Weir
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Dean
    Hammond
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Ryan
    Mills
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jacobus Francois
    Venter
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Bryce
    Heem
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Chris
    Pennell
    15
    Rob
    Miller

Replacements

  • Niall
    Annett
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Ethan Charles A
    Waller
    17
    Tom
    West
  • Gareth Richard
    Milasinovich
    18
    Will
    Stuart
  • Darren
    Barry
    19
    Kearnan
    Myall
  • Matthew
    Cox
    20
    Joe
    Atkinson
  • Michael
    Heaney
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Will
    Butler
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Nick
    David
    23
    Ross
    Neal

Lineup

Worcester Warriors
Wasps
  • Callum
    Black
    1
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jack
    Singleton
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Nicholas Peter
    Schonert
    3
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Anton
    Bresler
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Pierce
    Phillips
    5
    James
    Gaskell
  • Marco
    Mama
    6
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Sam
    Lewis
    7
    Ben
    Morris
  • Gerrit-Jan
    Van Velze
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Francois
    Hougaard
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Duncan
    Weir
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Dean
    Hammond
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Ryan
    Mills
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jacobus Francois
    Venter
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Bryce
    Heem
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Chris
    Pennell
    15
    Rob
    Miller

Replacements

  • Niall
    Annett
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Ethan Charles A
    Waller
    17
    Tom
    West
  • Gareth Richard
    Milasinovich
    18
    Will
    Stuart
  • Darren
    Barry
    19
    Kearnan
    Myall
  • Matthew
    Cox
    20
    Joe
    Atkinson
  • Michael
    Heaney
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Will
    Butler
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Nick
    David
    23
    Ross
    Neal

Lineup

Worcester Warriors
Wasps
  • Callum
    Black
    1
    Benjamin
    Harris
  • Jack
    Singleton
    2
    Tom
    Cruse
  • Nicholas Peter
    Schonert
    3
    Jake
    Cooper-Woolley
  • Anton
    Bresler
    4
    Charlie
    Matthews
  • Pierce
    Phillips
    5
    James
    Gaskell
  • Marco
    Mama
    6
    Ashley Francois
    Johnson
  • Sam
    Lewis
    7
    Ben
    Morris
  • Gerrit-Jan
    Van Velze
    8
    Nizaam
    Carr
  • Francois
    Hougaard
    9
    Joseph
    Simpson
  • Duncan
    Weir
    10
    Lima
    Sopoaga
  • Dean
    Hammond
    11
    Josh
    Bassett
  • Ryan
    Mills
    12
    Gabiriele Vododuadua
    Lovobalavu
  • Jacobus Francois
    Venter
    13
    Juan Leon
    de Jongh
  • Bryce
    Heem
    14
    Marcus
    Watson
  • Chris
    Pennell
    15
    Rob
    Miller

Replacements

  • Niall
    Annett
    16
    Tommy
    Taylor
  • Ethan Charles A
    Waller
    17
    Tom
    West
  • Gareth Richard
    Milasinovich
    18
    Will
    Stuart
  • Darren
    Barry
    19
    Kearnan
    Myall
  • Matthew
    Cox
    20
    Joe
    Atkinson
  • Michael
    Heaney
    21
    Craig
    Hampson
  • Will
    Butler
    22
    Billy
    Searle
  • Nick
    David
    23
    Ross
    Neal