75 - 21HT 40 - 7

Mon 16 Dec 19, 7:30pm

Highlights & Report | Worcester Cavaliers 75-21 Wasps A

Cavaliers made it successive bonus point wins in an impressive start to their Premiership Rugby Shield campaign.

Having beaten Sale Jets 47-15 in the opener three weeks ago, Cavaliers were in even more dominant form as they ran in 11 tries with Samoa international wing Ed Fidow scoring a hat-trick, including his first try for the club.

Centre Scott van Breda weighed in with 23 points – 18 of them from the boot – but this was very much an exceptional team performance.

Cavaliers had the  bonus point  in the bag after 26 minutes after they produced a superb display of fast, accurate and physical rugby that Wasps struggled to contain.

With a side that included a nice balance of experience and talented youngsters, Cavaliers had power and pace across the pitch.

The first try came after four minutes when loosehead Kai Owen went over after a patient and sustained attack with van Breda adding the conversion.

Van Breda scored the second himself after Beck Cutting snaffled a stray lineout throw from his opposite number Jack Dickinson before Wasps briefly rallied when  fly-half Billy Searle cut through from a quickly-taken tapped penalty which he also converted.

But Cavaliers produced some sublime rugby which produced four converted tries in a devastating 12 minutes period early in the second quarter.

Fidow finished off an attack that featured two powerful surges from Matt Cox to cross for his first try and the bonus point soon followed when scrum-half Jono Kitto followed up his own chip ahead after van Breda had launched the counter-attack with an interception close to his own 22.

Fidow’s second try followed after Oli Morris unleashed van Breda with a superb one-handed off-load in a tackle before Kitto’s injection of pace splintered the defence and Fidow supplied the finish.

Kitto and van Breda again featured prominently in the build-up to the sixth try which was started and finished by Luke Scully.

Wasps pulled back a try early in the second half when scrum-half Sam Wolstenholme darted over but it di not take long for Cavaliers to get back into their stride.

Fidow wrapped up his hat-trick ten minutes into the half and Cavaliers’ growing forward dominance was reflected in the award of a penalty try after Wasps collapsed a driving maul from a lineout before replacement back row Morgan Monks made his presence felt when he drove over from another lineout.

Replacement wing Max Boxall, guesting from Hartpury, made his presence felt by racing away for the tenth try and he then popped up in the move that led to Gareth Simpson going over the eleventh when Cavaliers launched another superb attack from deep in defence.

There was still time for Wasps to score a third try through James Tunney with the final play of the match but it did not spoil the night for rampant Cavaliers.

Cavaliers | 15 Noah Heward, 14 Nick David, 13 Oli Morris (Boxall 59), 12 Scott van Breda, 11 Ed Fidow (Sadler 68), 10 Luke Scully, 9 Jono Kitto (Simpson 46) (Miller 80), 1 Kai Owen (Holsey 51), 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Joe Morris (Rinakama 60), 4 Justin Clegg (Scott 51), 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Marco Mama (Monks 41), 7 Matt Cox, 8 Tom Dodd (C).

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Lewis Holsey, 18 Ropate Rinakama, 19 James Scott, 20 Morgan Monks, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Max Boxall, 23 Tom Sadler.

4m | Owen try 5-0
5m | Van Breda con 7-0
10m | Van Breda try 12-0
18m | Searle try 12-5
19m | Searle con 12-7
20m | Fidow con 17-7
21m | Van Breda con 19-7
26m | Kitto try 24-7
27m | Van Breda con 26-7
29m | Fidow try 31-7
30m | Van Breda con 33-7
32m | Scully try 38-7
33m | Van Breda con 40-7
45m | Wolstenholme try 40-12
46m | Miller con 40-14
50m | Fidow try 45-14
51m | Van Breda con 47-14
58m | Penalty try 54-14
77m | Monks try 59-14
78m | Van Breda con 61-14
79m | Boxall try 66-14
80m | Van Breda con 68-14
80m | Simpson try 73-14
80m | Van Breda con 75-14
80m+2 | Tunney try 75-19
80m | Simmonds con 75-21

Competition: Premiership Rugby Shield
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Samuel Phillips
Game Type: Home
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