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Dan Robson inspires Wasps second-half rout

Published 13/11/2016

Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson inspired a second-half rout
Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson inspired a second-half rout

An outstanding cameo from replacement scrum-half Dan Robson inspired Wasps to an emphatic 62-10 win over Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The England hopeful scored twice and created three other scores to ensure Dai Young's team kept their quarter-final hopes alive.

Wasps emerged from a first-half scrap, when they trailed to a a Josh Adams double, with a 19-10 lead but piled on seven unanswered second-half tries to romp to victory.

Robson crossed for his two tries after the break, as did Jacob Umaga, as the bonus-point win moved Wasps up to second in Pool 3.

Worcester were denied a first-minute try by a tight forward pass decision and then fell behind when hooker Tom Cruse squeezed over in the corner after some neat handling. Fly-half Co nnor Eastgate converted with a superbly-struck kick.

The visitors struck back immediately through full-back Adams, who took full advantage of a quick tap when the hosts nodded off at a defensive penalty.

And things got better for the Warriors' full-back, who then streaked 65 metres for a second score after Wasps made a bad midfield handling error.

The home side soon recovered their composure and the lead thanks to a counter-attack try of real quality, created by Tom Howe and finished by Thomas Young.

Eastgate converted, and time remained for the hosts to extend their lead before the interval, when neat handling put replacement flanker Jack Willis into the corner.

It took Wasps just a minute to score in the second half, through Robson, as they offered an immediate indication of the second-half onslaught to come.

A sublime Young offload allowed Robson to score and the replacement scrum-half u nderlined the immediate impact he was making by bursting 50 metres from his own 22, after which good support from Howe and Cruse sent Brendan Macken under the posts.

Eastgate converted both tries, and shortly before the end of the third quarter Wasps added another long-distance score, again created by Robson, and this time finished by Howe.

It was rapidly turning into a rout, and replacement fly-half Umaga was the next scorer, in support of Piers O'Conor's break.

Another replacement Owain James converted, but he was unable to upgrade Robson's second try, which arrived with 10 minutes remaining, again from inside his own half.

Worcester finished with 14 men after replacement Alex Hearle was forced off with a head injury with their replacements already all on the field.

O'Conor added the ninth score by cruising over on the blindside of a driving lineout, then Umaga's second score rounded off a forgettable day for the visitors.

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