Aviva Premiership: Worcester remain winless after last-gasp Wasps defeat
Last Updated: 21/03/14 10:21pm
Sam Betty: Scored in a losing cause for Worcester
Worcester were denied their first win of the season after suffering a heartbreaking 13-11 defeat to Wasps at Sixways on Friday night.
Wasps prop Jake Cooper-Woolley crashed over in the last minute to level the scores and former Warriors player Andy Goode slotted over the conversion to extend Worcester's losing run to 17 games.
The Warriors led 11-6 approaching the final minute after flanker Sam Betty's second-half try looked to have secured four priceless points.
Wasps had been the Warriors' last Premiership victims on March 1, 2013, since when Worcester had gone 21 league games without a win.
But Wasps prop Cooper-Woolley touched down from close-range, and former Worcester fly-half Goode converted with the game's final kick to edge Wasps home.
Worcester are now 10 points adrift of 11th-placed Newcastle with just five league games left, and they will travel to Tyneside on Sunday week knowing they have to win following an excruciating 13-11 defeat at Wasps' hands.
Betty's 53rd-minute touchdown left Wasps floundering, along with penalties from full-back Chris Pennell and fly-half Ryan Lamb, yet Goode came up trumps by adding a conversion to an earlier penalty double, and Worcester were sunk.
Wasps, Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finalists, are destined for a mid-table Premiership finish, and much of their latest league performance lacked snap and precision despite England lock Joe Launchbury making a quickfire return to domestic action following his mighty displays in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
While Launchbury delivered a trademark hard-working shift, there was little else for Wasps rugby director David Young to enthuse about, apart from full-back Elliot Daly's assured contribution and Cooper-Woolley's late score.
Worcester boss Dean Ryan will now train his sights towards Kingston Park in nine days' time knowing that victory would kick-start hopes of completing an astonishing escape from the drop, but it appears an unlikely scenario.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2013/14 Round 17
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Leicester consolidated fourth place in the Aviva Premiership with a 45-15 thumping of Exeter at Welford Road on Sunday.
Neal Hatley was full of praise for fly-half George Ford after Bath's 44-23 away victory over London Irish.