Premiership: Wasps 32-22 Worcester Warriors

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Wasps led for the first time in the 78th minute, thanks to Frank Halai's try
Premiership
Wasps (3) 32
Tries: Myall, Thompson, Halai, Tagicakibau Cons: Gopperth 3 Pens: Gopperth 2
Worcester Warriors (13) 22
Try: Vuna Con: Symons Pens: Symons 5
Relive Sunday's Premiership and European Champions Cup action

Two tries in the final two minutes secured a dramatic victory for Wasps over Premiership strugglers Worcester.

Warriors, promoted back to the top flight in May, led 13-6 at half-time thanks to Cooper Vuna's try and Andy Symons' accuracy from the tee.

Guy Thompson crossed for Wasps to close the gap, before three more Symons penalties put Worcester 22-20 in front.

But Frank Halai put Wasps ahead and Sailosi Tagicakibau crossed to steal a bonus point and deny Warriors anything.

Wasps move up to sixth while Worcester remain 10th in the Premiership table, now just five points above bottom side Newcastle.

Despite a number of eye-catching results in the European Champions Cup, including a 36-6 hammering of holders Toulon in November, Dai Young's side have struggled to replicate that impressive form in the Premiership.

And, against a Worcester side in their first season back in the top flight and with only two wins from eight matches, they produced another inconsistent and error-strewn performance.

Warriors deservedly led at the break after Vuna's try, and Symons took his tally from the tee to 17 points after the interval to move his team to the brink of victory.

But Halai's 78th-minute score put Wasps ahead in the match for the first time, and Tagicakibau's turnover touchdown straight from the restart not only earned the hosts a four-try bonus point but also cruelly denied Worcester a losing bonus point.

Worcester, already without injured first-choice scrum-half Jonny Arr, were further disrupted by the half-time exit of his replacement Charlie Mulchrone. On top of that, they lost flanker Sam Betty (concussion) and winger Tom Biggs (ankle) with early injuries.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young:

"We got out of jail as, with eight minutes to go, a betting man would have clearly put money on them.

"I'm frustrated with our lack of accuracy as we had lots of possession but we didn't create enough and I'm pleased we didn't give up.

"I still expect to see Joe Launchbury, Elliot Daly, Joe Simpson, Matt Mullan and James Haskell selected in the England squad."

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan:

"We still haven't got the experience to get us over the line. At the end, our kicking game wasn't accurate enough.

"They got more and more frustrated as we had a limited game plan and we came very close.

"We were stripped of a number of players and had to play a third-choice fly-half so we kept it simple but it was another opportunity missed."

Wasps: Miller; Tagicakibau, Daly, Jacobs, Halai; Gopperth, Simpson; Mullan, Shervington, Cittadini, Launchbury, Myall, Haskell (capt), Smith, Jones.

Replacements: Johnson, McIntyre, Swainston, Davies, Thompson, Robson, Jackson, Macken.

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Biggs, Olivier, Symons, Vuna; Mills, Mulchrone; Leleimalefaga, Annett, Schonert, O'Callaghan, Cavubati, Cox, Betty, Dowson (capt).

Replacements: Mama (for Betty, 4), Howard (for Biggs, 22), Baldwin (for Mulchrone, 40), O'Shea (for Mama, 50), Sowrey (for Annett, 70), Bower (for Leleimalefaga, 70), Milasinovich (for Schonert, 70).

Not used: Eden.

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