WASPS have lost enough games this season that they’ve deserved to win – now the reverse is also true.
They were second best at Worcester but after a series of near misses they finally came out on the right side of a marginal scoreline.
Jake Cooper-Woolley’s try in the final play of the game, converted by Andy Goode, turned an 11-6 loss into a 13-11 win that keeps their top six hopes alive and left everyone at the club breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Director of rugby Dai Young said: “I'm really pleased we found a way to win because we were probably out of that game with five minutes to go.
“I don't think we deserved to win, but sometimes the result is more important than the performance and that was one of them.
“If you look the last month, the Warriors have been that close three or four times.
“They could have had three or four wins so we just really pleased to have got the result.”
It makes a change. Wasps’ losses this season have largely been skin-of-the-teeth affairs.
Harlequins have twice beaten them by one point, Northampton edged them by two points and five other Premiership defeats have been by four points or less.
It was starting to take a toll on their performances, but in Worcester they met a team with even less confidence than themselves.
Their winless run now stretches 12 months.
Young said: “You’ve got to feel for them. We've been where they are so we know what they're going through.
“If you go all the way back to the start of the season it went against us, but there will be times when it goes against you and times when it goes for you.
“We feel for Worcester because they were probably the better team and deserved to win, but we've had that done to us two or three times this season so we know how they feel.”
For 75 minutes though, the victory didn’t look likely as Wasps squandered possession and threatened next to nothing.
Young said: “I thought we looked really nervous with the ball.
"We defended really well apart from a little bit of individual brilliance and I don’t think we were under undue pressure considering the amount of territory and possession they had.
“But with the ball we looked really nervous.
“We spilled a lot of ball. A lot passes weren’t anywhere near as accurate as we’d like them to be.
“We looked edgy and nervous, which didn’t allow us to build many phases to put Worcester under pressure.
“I don’t think up until 60 or 70 minutes we got up into Worcester’s 22 because we were unable to keep the ball.
“To be quite honest, I thought the way we scored the try was probably the only way we were going to score – a driving line-out or some pick and goes.
“But after 76 or 77 minutes you start to think it won’t be your night.”
This was Wasps’ first win since the end of January, and with Saracens next week and Gloucester in the Amlin Challenge Cup after that it came just in time.
Young said: “I'm just hoping we've got a bit of a monkey off our backs. We were going really well a couple of months ago with nine wins out of 11.
“The last four games we've lost and you could see the players tightening up and losing a bit of confidence and self belief.
“Hopefully now we've got that win they can relax a little bit and be a little bit more comfortable with the ball in hand.
“Hopefully it will give us a little more confidence to be more effective and accurate with the ball in hand and we can get more out of our possession.
“There is lots to work on. We’re happy with the win, but we couldn’t say we played well.”