Wasps secured their first victory of the season on the road in a hard fought battle against Worcester Warriors in round three of Allianz Premier 15s. Worcester put out a strong outfit but with three tries to one- Wasps came out on top with Kildunne, Kerr and West all making their way over the line and the boot of Jones adding the extras to end the game at 7-22.
It was a quick start to the game for Wasps with an up front try from Kerr in the 4th minute- her first in the black and gold colours. Jones delivered the bonus 2 with the conversion.
The rest of the first half saw the score board untouched and a huge defensive battle from both sides as they each tried to defend their half and force errors from the opposition. With the heavens open- wet conditions saw both sides fighting to keep ball in hand. In the final seconds of the half- Worcester’s no. 8 made a run away through the middle of Wasps defence only to be chased down leaving the half time score at 0-7.
“Due to the culture at Wasps, defence has always been a strong element of our game – just with the pre season and hard work the squad has put in we’ve moved defence to a different level- and that showed today with a hugely aggressive second half with Kate Alder, our captain, leading by example”
Oli Bishop, Defence Coach
Minutes into the second half, a penalty opportunity saw Jones widen the gap and put another three on the board for Wasps.
WIth a lineout opportunity on Worcester’s 5m line- a catch and drive saw the pack carry the ball over the line in the safe hands of West.
The next portion of play saw Worcester take possession and bring play into Wasps half leaving Wasps defending their own line in an upfront battle. Escaping the danger zone- Wasps earnt a midfield scrum in Worcester’s half which they took wide and into the hands of Kildunne who weaved her way through Worcesters defence to score in the corner.
Determined not to leave the game with Wasps in charge- Worcester responded and minutes later got one of their own after a penalty and line out on the 5m- their no.7 taking it over with a successful conversion setting the final score for the match.
An exciting game against a strong Warriors side and a well-deserved win on the road for Wasps. Next week Wasps will play their rescheduled fixture against Bristol Bears.