Hat-trick hero Heem sinks Saints
PREMIERSHIP ROUND EIGHT WRAP: Bryce Heem's hat-trick earned Worcester Warriors their first Premiership win of the season while Christian Wade's double helped Wasps to six-try win over Newcastle Falcons.
Saturday's scores and scorers!
Worcester Warriors 30-15 Northampton Saints
Stephen Myler's penalty opened the scoring, but the home side were soon lifted by the Sixways crowds and Heem went over twice in 10 minutes.
Josh Adams looked particularly lethal all afternoon and the left wing was finally rewarded with a second-half score. Ben Foden and Reece Marshall crossed the whitewash too, but they could not stop Saints suffering a third consecutive Premiership defeat.
With a host of players returning from injury, Worcester looked like a side renewed by the recent break from Premiership action.
A sudden burst of intensity saw returning Worcester centre Ryan Mills open up the Saints defence, allowing Heem to go over. The hosts continued to make their try-scoring intentions clear, kicking a penalty to the corner as the end of the first half drew near.
And after almost five minutes of scrummaging, the ball swung left, making space for Heem to charge over once more.
Myler attempted a kick from over 40 metres out to narrow the gap before half-time, but it was not to be and Warriors went in with a 12-point lead, looking ready to claim their first victory over Northampton since October 2013.
This lead was soon extended when Adams, who had been keeping Ken Pisi on his toes all game, tore down the left wing to claim five more points for Gary Gold's side.
Replacements Foden and Marshall reined in Worcester's advantage in the second half, but Heem barrelled over once more to seal the bonus point for Warriors.
For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Heem 3, Adams
Cons: Lance, Pennell
Pens: Lance 2
For Northampton Saints:
Tries: Foden, Gibson
Yellow card: Rob Horne (Northampton Saints, 28)
Red card: Rob Horne (Northampton Saints, 83)
Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Will Spencer, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan (captain), 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ethan Waller.
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Pierce Phillips, 20 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Dean Hammond.
Northampton Saints: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Jamie Gibson, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Sam Dickinson (captain), 4 Michael Paterson, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Alex Waller.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Mitch Eadie, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Ben Foden.
Referee: Andrew Jackson
Assistant referees: Paul Burton, Philip Watters
TMO: David Sainsbury
Wasps 40-10 Newcastle Falcons
Wade's scores came early in the first half and were followed up by a lung-busting score from the returning Kyle Eastmond. Sean Robinson responded with a first-half try for the Falcons, backed up by five points from the boot of Toby Flood.
But the home side turned up the heat in the second period and tries for James Haskell, Gaby Lovobalavu and Josh Bassett put the result beyond doubt.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young welcomed back Eastmond, Lovobalavu and Kearnan Myall to his squad to help ease an injury crisis, and had the best possible start with Wade's first try the result of a sublime Jimmy Gopperth offload.
After Toby Flood's penalty got the visitors underway, Willie le Roux's arcing break left Wade with the simplest of finishes for his second.
The third try was a brilliant solo effort from Eastmond, playing his first game since February. The England centre stepped his way past Newcastle's defence before accelerating 30 metres to mark his return from serious injury.
Josh Matavesi's powerful break resulted in lock Sean Robinson's score for Newcastle, which took the score to 19-10 at the break.
Haskell's converted try immediately after the restart extended the hosts lead, and a long-range strike from Lovobalavu, who got on the end of Joe Simpson's 50-metre break, extended it even further.
There was still time for Bassett to race away for a try from distance of his own, leaving the Falcons scoreless in the second half.
Tries: Wade 2, Eastmond, Haskell, Lovobalavu, Bassett
Cons: Gopperth 5
For Newcastle Falcons:
Wasps: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Juan De Jongh, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Guy Thompson, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Haskell, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Ashley Johnson (captain), 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Gabiriele Lovobalavu.
Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Sam Stuart, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Gary Graham, 6 Will Welch (captain), 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Calum Green, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Sami Mavinga, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Will Witty, 20 Nili Latu, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Juan Pablo Socino, 23 Belisario Agulla.
Referee: Matthew O'Grady
Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Dean Richards.
TMO: Trevor Fisher