Wade double keeps Wasps on track for play-offs
|Wasps (23) 30|
|Tries: Wade 2, Launchbury, Bassett Cons: Gopperth, Daly Pens: Gopperth 2|
|Worcester (3) 15|
|Tries: Hammond, Adams Cons: Shillcock Pens: Jones|
Wasps winger Christian Wade maintained his try-scoring run against Worcester at the Ricoh Arena to keep his side on course for the Premiership play-offs.
The bonus-point win keeps Warriors in peril, nine points clear of bottom club London Irish who host Exeter on Sunday.
After scoring in the corner, Wade crossed for his second just three minutes after Joe Launchbury went over.
Josh Bassett added a fourth to wrap up Wasps’ victory before late consolation tries for Dean Hammond and Josh Adams.
But it was another personal triumph for the pacy Wade, who, largely down to his record-equalling six in the game at Sixways almost two years ago to the day, took his try-scoring run to 10 in three matches against Worcester.
Following Newcastle’s Friday night victory against Sale, Wasps are back up to third on a day when they played a quarter of the game a man down, thanks to yellow cards for Jack Willis and Jimmy Gopperth.
Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, De Jongh, Gopperth, Daly; Cipriani, Robson; Mullan, Cruse, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury (capt), Rowlands, Willis, Young, Thompson.
Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Moore, Myall, Haskell, Hampson, Lovobalavu, Bassett.
Sin bin: Willis (42), Gopperth (66)
Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Te’o, Willison, Adams; Jones, Dowsett; Bower, Singleton, Schonert, Barry, Spencer, Denton, Lewis, van Velze (capt).
Replacements: Haupt, Waller, Milasinovich, Kitchener, Mama, Arr, Shillcock, Hammond.