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Thomas Young and Tom Cruse catch the eye of Lee Blackett in Wasps' victory

Published 13/11/2016

Tom Cruse caught the eye of Wasps' backs coach Lee Blackett in the defeat of Worcester.
Tom Cruse caught the eye of Wasps' backs coach Lee Blackett in the defeat of Worcester.

Lee Blackett paid tribute to forward duo Thomas Young and Tom Cruse for their performances as Wasps cruised to a 62-10 win over Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The pair scored the first two tries for the home side, who led 19-10 at the break before cutting loose in the second half.

Dan Robson enjoyed himself in the second half of a very open encounter, scoring two tries - and backs coach Blackett was delighted with the performance of his charges.

He said: "The competition is great as it gives younger guys a chance, and also some of those who haven't had much game-time recently did really well out there.

"Thomas Young and Tom Cruse were the two outstanding forwards in the first half, and they both really showed why they have played so much Premiership rugby this year.

"At half-time we said we were a little bit too tightly spaced defensively, and that we needed to be more direct in attack.

"We also took our chances in the second half when we made breaks, and finished off the opportunities.

"Craig Hampson got injured in the week so we brought both number nines in - and I thought they both did really well - and in the second half Dan Robson really showed his class against a tiring defence."

Worcester had battled past Bristol a week ago, but were distinctly second-best in the second half of this one.

Defence coach Simon Cross admitted Robson had taken advantage of some sloppy tackling in the second half as Worcester conceded seven tries.

Cross said: "Everything went wrong after the break. We gifted them 20 or 25 points through turnovers, which is an area we had really focused on against Bristol last week.

"Dan Robson is a great player, and when the game goes loose and it goes fast there is no better side than Wasps at the moment at capitalising on opponents' mistakes.

"We also didn't complete the one-on-one tackles we've been working on in the week, and the boys, including myself, have all got to look at ourselves as we set high standards at the Warriors - and that wasn't good enough."

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