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28/12/2013 - Sixways Stadium

Saracens ran in four first half tries to beat Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium.

David Strettle, Schalk Brits, Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson scored the tries, as Saracens stay top of the Aviva Premiership going into 2014.

Saracens initially fell behind to the bottom placed Warriors, with former Exeter Chiefs outside half Ignacio Mieres landing a penalty after 6 minutes, after the Argentine missed an earlier attempt two minutes earlier.

After falling behind Saracens rarely looked troubled by Dean Ryan’s men, as the table toppers ran in four tries in an efficient 30 minute period to secure the try scoring bonus point.

First on the score sheet for the visitors was winger David Strettle – the England winger collected Chris Wyles pass to finish well in the left hand corner, after the US Eagle three-quarter broke through some pretty flimsy Warriors defence to feed Strettle who scored his seventh try of the season. Hodgson failed to convert from the left hand touchline.

Worcester were increasingly frustrating their home crowd with a series of poor kicks and Schalk Brits’ try in the 16th minute only served to increase the home faithfuls ire; the fleet-footed front rower supported a fine Alex Goode break to score under the posts, evading some would-be tackles with a trademark turn of pace. Hodgson made no mistake with a routine conversion to give Saracens a nine point lead.

Worcester were looking to establish field position with a series of kicks to stem the Sarries tide, yet could only find Messrs Wilson, Strettle and Goode who were covering well in the back field – and it was from a poorly executed kick byWarriors scrum-half Jeremy Su’a where Saracens would score their third of the afternoon.

The Samoan half-back sliced a clearance into the air; Saracens collected and recycled the ball to centre Tim Streather who showed good strength and footwork to break through the Warriors midfield to feed Goode who finished with aplomb – Hodgson converted well.

The home side were fading, and a moment of magic from outside half Charlie Hodgson would secure the fourth try for the visitors. The 33-year-old chipped the Warriors defensive line with the outside of his boot and regathered to race away under the posts to score. The all-time record Premiership points scorer converted his own try.

In the closing moments, Saracens prop Mako Vunipola was sin-binned for an incident off the ball, and the Warriors reduced Saracens lead to 18 points with a try from No.8 Leonardo Senatore just before half-time

The second half could not have been more or a contrast to the first forty as Worcester game out of the sheds a completely different side, and put Saracens under a huge amount of pressure in their own 22.

Time and again the Warriors probed for another score, but Saracens withstood the Worcestershire side’s pressure. The likes of Kelly Brown, Jackson Wray, Schalk Brits and captain Alistair Hargreaves led from the front, whilst injury returnees Mouritz Botha and Brad Barritt reacquainted themselves with the rough and tumble of Premiership rugby with some trademark bone crunching hits.

As the game wore on it become increasingly likely that the second half would remain scoreless and it indeed did, as Saracens recorded their first league victory over the Warriors at Sixways since October 2007.

 

 

 

Match Summary

Attendance


9,301


Scorers


Worcester (8) 8

Tries: Senatore
Pens: Mieres

Saracens (26) 26

Tries: Strettle, Brits, Goode, Hodgson
Cons: Hodgson 3


Team Lineup


Saracens: Goode; Wilson, Streather, Wyles, Strettle; Hodgson, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, Brits, Stevens; Kruis, Hargreaves (capt); Wray, Brown, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, Barrington, Du Plessis, Botha, Melck, Spencer, Bosch, Barritt.


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