Wasps boss Dai Young declared himself far from happy despite seeing his team establish a five-point lead at the summit of the Premiership with victory over struggling Worcester.
Wing Christian Wade scored two of Wasps’ six tries in a hard-fought 40-33 win that only swung the hosts’ way once Worcester’s Bryce Heem had been shown a red card.
Will Rowlands, Alapati Leiua, Josh Bassett and Brendan Macken also touched down for Wasps, while Heem, Biyi Alo, Jackson Willison and Josh Adams – twice – touched down for the visitors.
“It’s a win and five points but there were very few areas that pleased me. Worcester won nearly all the 50-50s. Our performance didn't match the five points,” said director of rugby Young.
“Christian was probably the difference, but I always thought that we could respond if we needed to as we probably had that extra bit of quality.
"It was a big message to us as we will have to be better against Leinster next week. They will match us for quality so we’ll have to prove that we’ve got the belly for the fight.”
Ash makes splash against Bath
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall, meanwhile, touted Chris Ashton for a British and Irish Lions call-up after his brace lit up an eight-try 53-10 trouncing of Bath.
Alex Goode, Sean Maitland, Schalk Brits, Brad Barritt and Billy Vunipola also crossed as Saracens moved to within a point of second-place Exeter and dealt Bath’s play-off hopes a major blow.
“Chris was really good, you could see what a clever rugby player he is,” said McCall.
“He did a lot of things in the game that people don’t give him credit for, in terms of the attacking kicks used and where he pops up.
“Sean Maitland on our other wing was also good and the two of them gave performances that [Lions head coach] Warren Gatland might be interested in.”
Bath’s third defeat in a row left them fifth, three points behind Leicester with four rounds of Premiership fixtures remaining.