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Last Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007, 21:59 GMT
Worcester 3-3 Wasps
Wasps centre Dominick Waldouck is tackled by the Worcester defence
There were few opportunities for the likes of Wasps centre Waldouck

Worcester 3 (3)
Pen: Drahm

Wasps 3 (3)
Pen: Walder

Bottom-of-the-table Worcester claimed a draw against high-flying London Wasps in a turgid encounter on Friday night.

The points came in the first half, with Wasps taking the lead through a Dave Walder penalty before Shane Drahm levelled a minute before the break.

It equalled the lowest-scoring game in the Premiership, matching the 3-3 draw between Sale and Leicester in 2004.

The result means Worcester are now just three points behind Northampton, while Wasps stay third.

England captain Phil Vickery was replaced on the Wasps bench by Nick Adams, but purely as a precautionary measure as he rested a minor ankle problem ahead of next week's Six Nations opener against Scotland.

Wasps were also without England wing Paul Sackey, who has had a knee operation, but he would not have had much chance to shine.

The visitors conceded territorial advantage for most of the opening period but came closest to a try when centre Dominic Waldouck narrowly failed to gather a kick that rolled menacingly behind the Worcester defence.

Worcester secured plenty of possession, yet their lack of confidence with ball in hand was evident throughout.

They did manage to draw level at the break when Drahm kicked a short-range penalty to cancel out Walder's earlier 48m effort.

The final quarter arrived with Wasps reeling from a 15-3 penalty count against them.

But they almost conjured a try from nothing when quickly recycled possession sent substitute Danny Cipriani clear, only for an alert Aisea Havili to haul him down.

The closing minutes saw both sides content to salvage two points each, and a scoreless second period came as no real surprise.

  • Worcester boss John Brain:
    "I thought we should have won, but the reason we didn't win was because of too many unforced errors.

    "Our poor attacking play is the major thing we have got to work on, because I thought we did more to Wasps in the set-piece than either Perpignan or Castres did in the Heineken Cup against them in recent weeks.

    "For us, two points was not enough to get out of the game, although it is not a disaster."

  • Wasps boss Ian McGeechan:
    "Phil Vickery should be all right for next week.

    "It was not worth risking him tonight, so don't say that I never do anything for England! We haven't done anything to put his place in jeopardy for next week.

    "We lost a lot of possession tonight and we lacked a bit of composure in attack.

    "But I thought our defence was superb again - some of our defensive work was out of the top drawer - but we just didn't have the composure to finish in attack."

    Worcester: Drahm; Havili, Rasmussen, Trueman, Garvey; Brown, Powell; Morris, Fortey, Horsman, Collier, Gillies, Hickey, Sanderson, Horstmann.
    Replacements: Lutui for C Fortey (59), Tuamoepeau for Horsman (59), Bowley for Murphy (59), Harding for Horstmann (73).

    Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Lewsey, Waters, Waldouck, Voyce; Walder, Amor; Payne, Ward, Bracken, Shaw, Purdy, Leo, O'Connor, Dallaglio (capt).
    Replacements: Ibanez for Ward (56), Adams for Bracken (75), Palmer for Shaw (52), Haskell for Leo (56), Worsley for Dallaglio (56), Reddan for Amor (48), Cipriani for van Gisbergen (67).

    Sin Bin: van Gisbergen (29).

    Att: 9,110

    Ref: Chris White (RFU).

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