Aviva Premiership: Wasps run in four tries to leave Worcester rooted at foot
Last Updated: 28/09/13 5:56pm
London Wasps recorded their first victory of the 2013-14 campaign with a 32-16 win against Worcester Warriors at Adams Park on Saturday.
In a basement battle it was former Warriors Andy Goode and Matt Mullan who shone for Wasps, as the home side erased their three-match losing streak.
England winger Christian Wade, prop Jake Cooper-Woolley and Guy Thompson also went over for London Wasps as Worcester's poor form away from home continued.
The early play was dominated by kicking exchanges between the two fly-halves, as Goode for Wasps and Worcester's Ignacio Mieres, traded penalties in a fiercely contested opening quarter.
Goode, playing against Worcester for the first time since leaving Sixways in the summer, twice put Wasps in front with routine penalties inside the first 10 minutes.
Argentine Mieres matched his opposite number on each occasion with kicks of his own before slotting over for a third time to give the visitors the lead on 17 minutes.
As the half wore on the home side began to grow in confidence and finally broke over the Worcester try-line on 31 minutes.
Former Warrior Mullan, who switched to Adams Park to progress his international career, barged over from five metres out after Josh Bassett exposed the Worcester defence on the left wing.
The Warriors have not won away from home in the Aviva Premiership since they visited Adams Park on New Year's Day 2012, and their quest to overturn that unwanted statistic got worse on 43 minutes as England hopeful Wade scored an opportunist try for London Wasps - Goode missed his kick at goal though.
And Worcester's chances of leaving Adams Park with a win were effectively ended shortly after the restart as Jake Cooper-Woolley burrowed over from close range, capitalising on a powerful break from Ashley Johnson to give Wasps a 21-9 advantage.
Dai Young's Wasps would have been out of reach midway through the second period had Goode not missed four kicks at goal.
The Warriors' indiscipline continued to be punished at the breakdown, gifting Goode with another opportunity to dissect the uprights and give the hosts a 24-9 lead with 20 minutes left to play.
Worcester had not scored at Adams Parks since 2008 but that statistic was overturned on 64 minutes as Josh Drauniniu scored and Gray converted the effort.
Thompson secured the London Wasps try bonus point before there was more grief for Goode as he missed yet another attempt on goal.
Another former Warrior, Joe Carlisle on for Goode, extended London Wasps' lead to 32-16 with eight minutes remaining as Worcester all but waved the white flag.
Victory elevates Dai Young's Wasps up to eighth in the standings, while the Warriors remain rooted at the foot of the table with just a solitary bonus point to their name.
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