Wasps A League campaign ends with Cavaliers defeat
Date: 9 Apr 2018
Wasps’ A League campaign came to an entertaining but losing end through a 12-56 home defeat at the hands of Worcester Cavaliers.
The visitors claimed eight converted tries to which the home side responded through Dan Moor and TJ Harris’s first half efforts.
Co-captain Tom Willis got his team off to a lively start with a pacy break, but the scoring chance disappeared when he was unable to locate his support.
Worcester looked dangerous with ball in hand and they took the lead through lock Ted Hill’s score which followed a Beck Cutting midfield break.
Sam Olver converted, and the Cavaliers’ No.10 was on the mark for a second time when former Wasp Tom Howe caught and dotted down his neat cross-kick following Tom Dodd’s initial break.
Connor Eastgate then charged down Grayson Hart’s defensive clearance, but with the visitors’ line beckoning was unable to regather.
However, the hosts did get on the board early in the second quarter thanks to a superb piece of interplay between their back three.
Alex Hearle and Owain James combined initially, after which the full back sent pacy Oxford University winger Moor round the cover to the line.
Warriors then claimed a third try courtesy of lock James Scott’s sublime line, again upgraded by Olver.
However, Wasps had the final word before the break through Harris, who steered a lineout maul over the whitewash for a try which Eastgate improved.
This left Worcester with a 12-21 interval advantage, which they extended soon after the restart through flanker Matt Cox who went over from close range following a lineout drive.
Olver converted this bonus point score, after which the home side piled on the pressure but were unable to conjure up a third try.
And when black-and-gold lock Paul Hamber went to the sinbin for a late tackle, the Cavaliers added further tries from scrum half Grayson Hart and replacement prop Matti Williams.
Tom Heathcote converted both scores, and Warriors’ bench fly half was on the mark again when England under 20’s centre Will Butler stepped over following a flowing long-range attack.
Wasps replacement Taju Atta then took Sunni Jardine’s long pass outside the cover but was unable to beat the final defender which left Heathcote’s conversion of Andrew Durutalo’s try as the final scoreboard action of the evening.
Tries: Moor, Harris
Tries: Hill, Howe, Scott, Cox, Hart, Williams, Butler, Durutalo
Conversions: Olver (4), Heathcote (4)
Half-time: Wasps 12-21 Worcester Cavaliers
Wasps A: Owain James; Dan Moor (Oxford Univ), Cameron Anderson, Connor Eastgate, Alex Goble (Nottingham); Sunni Jardine (Dulwich College), Will Porter (co-captain); Jack Higgins (Coventry), TJ Harris, Paul Doran Jones; Marcus Garratt, Paul Hamber (Bishop Burton College); Kieran Curran, Will Owen, Tom Willis (co-capt).
Replacements: Aaron Thomson (Bishop Burton College), Jamie Jack (Nottingham), George Davis (Loughborough Students), Will Hall (Bishop Burton College), George Cox (Nottingham), Craig Hampson, Taju Atta, Ben Palmer (Coventry).
Worcester Cavaliers: Nick David; Tom Howe, Ollie Lawrence, Will Butler (capt), Alex Hearle; Sam Olver, Grayson Hart; Kai Owen (Coventry), Beck Cutting, Simon Kerrod; Ted Hill, James Scott; Alafoti Faosiliva, Matt Cox, Tom Dodd.
Replacements: Matti Williams, Stefan Thorpe (Stourbridge), Joe Morris, Huw Taylor, Andrew Durutalo, Will Lane (Malvern College), Tom Heathcote, Rob Lester (Worcester Sixth Form College)
Referee: Matthew O’Grady