Wade hits top form as Wasps breeze past Worces­ter

The Rugby Paper - - News - By NEALE HAR­VEY

WIL­LIE Le Roux ham­mered out an omi­nous warn­ing to Eng­land with a vir­tu­oso dis­play as Wasps took ad­van­tage of Le­ices­ter’s slip to roar up to third.

Se­cure un­der the high ball and deadly in at­tack, the Spring­bok full-back laid on two tries for re-en­er­gised wing Chris­tian Wade and demon­strated his or­gan­i­sa­tional abil­i­ties as Wasps were twice re­duced to 14 but kept Worces­ter score­less both times.

Wasps supremo Dai Young be­lieves both Le Roux and cen­tre Juan De Jongh may well fea­ture against Eng­land this sum­mer, re­veal­ing:

“I’ve met with (South Africa head coach) Rassie Eras­mus and told him Wil­lie’s been ex­cel­lent all sea­son.

“What Wil­lie does re­ally well is scan space. He’s got X-fac­tor in his hands and the tries he cre­ated for Chris­tian epit­o­mised that.

“Juan De Jongh’s been in great form as well and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if both of those are in­volved against Eng­land this sum­mer.”

Early Worces­ter pres­sure went un­re­warded and Wasps were ruth­lessly ef­fi­cient from their first at­tack, Will Row­lands tak­ing a li­ne­out be­fore the ball whizzed through the back-line to Wade, who burned out­side Chris Pen­nell to score.

Worces­ter re­sponded but Michael Dowsett was un­able to grasp Jack Sin­gle­ton’s off­load, and they were pun­ished again when, fol­low­ing Jimmy Gop­perth’s break and good link play from Thomas Young, Gop­perth smashed over a penalty.

Danny Cipri­ani did well to scrag Sam Lewis as he threat­ened a break, but then failed to roll away, hand­ing Do­rian Jones an easy three-pointer.

Wasps soon hit their stride, though, and with Cipri­ani di­rect­ing af­fairs and Joe Launch­bury, Jack Willis and Guy Thomp­son soft­en­ing Worces­ter’s rear­guard, pres­sure even­tu­ally told as Launch­bury steam­rollered GJ Van Velze to score.

Their third try fol­lowed quickly – and what a peach it was as Le Roux, who had set up Wade’s first try, re­peated the dose by slash­ing through Worces­ter’s mid­field from in­side his own half be­fore re­leas­ing the wing for an­other scin­til­lat­ing fin­ish.

Wasps suf­fered a blow when the in­flu­en­tial Cipri­ani de­parted af­ter a head knock, but Gop­perth slot­ted his sec­ond penalty for a 23-3 half-time lead.

Willis was sin-binned soon af­ter the restart for a tip tackle on Pen­nell, leav­ing Wasps short-handed and en­abling War­riors to threaten through Ben Te’o.

Wasps looked to have bagged the try bonus when Thomp­son saun­tered over from Wade’s pass af­ter good work from Daly, Le Roux and Lovobal­avu, but the TMO con­cluded Gop­perth had im­peded An­drew Kitch­ener and he went to the bin.

Worces­ter’s re­prieve was brief, though, as Jamie Shill­cock’s pass was picked off by Josh Bas­sett, who roared home from half­way, be­fore the vis­i­tors roused them­selves late on to bag con­so­la­tion tries from Dean Ham­mond and Adams.

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

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