War­riors un­happy with penalty count

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

RUGBY UNION: Wasps di­rec­tor of rugby Dai Young was re­lieved to get over the win­ning line as his side edged to a 21-20 win at Worces­ter War­riors in their open­ing Gal­lagher Premier­ship clash of the sea­son.

But op­po­site num­ber Alan Solomons promised a de­ci­sionby-de­ci­sion anal­y­sis of the penal­ties af­ter say­ing his team were pun­ished 20 times and claim­ing: “I’ve not seen a penalty count line that.”

Wasps were 13-0 down at the break but fought back to win with young­ster Billy Searle, a third choice fly-half be­hind All Black Lima Sopoaga, who was not quite right for the game, and long-term in­jury vic­tim Jimmy Gop­perth.

Searle kicked three penal­ties and a con­ver­sion with lock Joe Launch­bury and re­place­ment Tommy Taylor go­ing over for their tries af­ter the break.

Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional Dun­can Weir, mak­ing his de­but for Worces­ter, booted two penal­ties and con­verted both tries from cen­tre Ryan Mills and flanker Sam Lewis.

Young said: “If you would have given me a one-point win be­fore the game, I would have ac­cepted it.”

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