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28th September 2013 16:58

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MATT MULLAN LONDON WASPS TRY V WORCESTER WARRIORS

Scored: Matt Mullan

London Wasps picked up their first win of the Aviva Premiership season on Saturday as they beat a struggling Worcester Warriors outfit 32-16.

Both sides headed into the encounter in poor form. Wasps were defeated by Sale last week, while Worcester were well beaten by Harlequins.

Indiscipline from both sides during the opening exchanges saw the spoils shared. Two penalties from Andy Goode got Wasps off the mark, but three from Ignacio Mieres put the visitors in front as the game approached the end of the first quarter.

The game's first try came just after the half hour as Wasps began to wrestle their way into the contest. Matt Mullan produced a deadly finish to score, after Joe Launchbury had laid the platform with some excellent work in the ruck. The conversion was missed, but the Wasps continued to dominate after the break with two tries in the first ten minutes of the second half.

Christian Wade raised the roof with a superb individual try straight from the scrum four minutes into the second half, before excellent play from Ashley Johnson carved open an opportunity for Jake Cooper-Woolley to score.

Goode was wide with both conversion but he added a penalty goal on the hour to make it 24-9 with time ticking away for the visitors.

Josh Drauniniu's try for Worcester on 66 minutes offered a glimmer of hope, but Wasps reaffirmed their superiority and secured the bonus point when Guy Thompson crashed over following good work from the forwards, before Joe Carlisle rounded off the scoring with a late penalty for the hosts.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: Mullan, Wade, Cooper-Woolley
Pen: Goode 2, Carlisle

For Worcester:
Try: Drauniniu
Con: Gray
Pen: Mieres 3

Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Chris Bell (c), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Jack Moates, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Charlie Hayter.

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Ravai Fatiaki, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 David Lemi, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Semisi Taulava, 7 Jake Abbott, 6 Jonathan Thomas (c), 5 Chris Jones, 4 Mike Williams, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ed Shervington, 1 George Porter.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Paul Andrew, 18 John Andress, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Sam Betty, 21 Jeremy Su'a, 22 Danny Gray, 23 Dean Hammond.

Referee: Gregory Garner
Assistant referees: Roy Maybank, Andrew Pearce
Television match official: David Grashoff
Timekeeper: Robert Ockenden

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