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Wasps extend perfect home record with Worcester win
WASPS are still in the LV Cup after making it five wins out of five in Wycombe this season.
They won an entertaining match with Worcester 28-19 to make up for last week's loss in Cardiff and continue their fight on three fronts this season.
With one win and one defeat in the competition so far, they can book a place in the semi-finals with victories over Leicester and Sale in their final two pool matches.
Perhaps more importantly though, Wasps' back-up players responded to Dai Young's stinging criticism of their efforts in Wales a week ago and, with three tries and a chests out performance from the pack, went some way to restoring their director of rugby's trust.
Wasps took the field with Young's words still ringing in their ears, and for 20 minutes there was only one side on the contest.
Their unlikely hero during that spell was Simon McIntyre, who scored the game's first try with just seven minutes played when he ghosted in behind a long and wayward Worcester line-out to run home from 15 yards.
A neat little show-and-go helped the prop home for only his second try in Wasps colours, his first also coming against Worcester just over a month ago.
Tommy Bell converted to give Wasps a 7-0 lead, but they should really have increased their advantage in the next 15 minutes as a series of turnovers allied to some astute kicking ensured the black and golds were playing almost exclusively on the front foot during the first quarter.
However, three penalties conceded in Worcester's 22 left them frustrated and when Jonah Holmes was sin-binned for not releasing after 25 minutes the away side seized their chance.
First Alex Grove went over after some weak Wasps tackling and then, just four minutes later, Andy Short exploited a lack of Wasps numbers out wide to score again.
Jon Carlisle converted the harder of the two tries to make it 12-7 by the time Holmes returned, but two Bell penalties meant Wasps had at least battled back to square one by the interval.
Another Bell penalty eased them into a four-point lead, but their chance to virtually kill the game off with half an hour remaining went begging when Tom Varndell was shunted out of a play a fraction of a second before grounding in the corner from Elliot Daly's miss pass.
Instead, having survived the Wasps pressure intact, Worcester sensed a second LV Cup victory and a raft of substitutions – including Andy Goode – made their intentions perfectly clear.
Goode himself nearly broke the Wasps line with a burst through midfield, but just as the momentum of the match appeared to be swinging against them the black and golds pulled away again with a superb try from Jack Wallace.
Playing in place of Christian Wade, he finished like his former RGS Wycombe team-mate with a searing 30m burst down the line after a perfectly-executed training ground move.
Bell converted to make it 23-12, but just as Wasps were about to congratulate themselves Goode orchastrated Worcester's third try for Ben Howard.
The conversion hauled Worcester back to within a score, but again Wasps had the answers and this time it was Charlie Davies giving the visitors the hand off with an arcing 25m surge into the corner.
That proved to be the telling blow. Worcester couldn't come back again and if anything it was the home team who finished strongly and in the final moments Wallace had a bonus point fourth try in his sights until a tap tackle cut him down.
Unless Wasps miss out on the last four by a point, it won't matter though.
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