Saracens are back in LV=Cup action today, here Henry Fraser takes a look back at their cup campaign thus far.
Saracens – Played 2, won 2.
Ten tries scored. Seventy five points scored, thirty one conceded.
You cannot start a tournament campaign much better than Sarries have. They have won both games, each coming with try bonus points.
One of the best things we have seen is the impact of new players in the squad. Everyone has slotted in seamlessly giving confidence to all the players and fans. The addition of some real youngsters in the squad has given a great blend of experience and youth showing great strength in depth now and for the future.
8/11/13 London Wasps 21 – 24 Saracens – Adams Park, High Wycombe
It was a tough start for Sarries in the opening game against Wasps.
After going down to any early try it looked like Wasps were continuing their great home form this season. This seemed to give Sarries a kick and it was long before they replied with a try of their own. Ben Ransom crossed followed by great finish from eighteen year old Nick Tompkins.
Two tries in quick succession from Jack Wilson and Richard Barrington gave Sarries a commanding lead that should have seen the visitors home. However Wasps showed their resilience to get themselves into the game with two tries that closed the gap to just three points.
It took a last gasp try saving tackle from James Short that showed his incredible strength and speed to secure the win for Sarries.
17/11/13 Saracens 51 – 10 Scarlets, Allianz Park, London
After a tough game away to Wasps a return to Allianz Park was much welcomed.
The Scarlets travelled with a very young team looking to use their great speed and skill to break down Sarries. However they struggled against the power brought to them from Sarries. This was very clear as two of the three first half tries came from the set piece. The first a driving maul finished by Matt Hankin and the second a pick and go from Jackson Wray at the base of the scrum. Try number three came the giant Kiwi winger Jack Wilson.
The Scarlets did cause problems early on, creating some great chances out wide to earn a first half try of their own.
However the second half continued the same way as the first, but not through lack of endeavour from the Scarlets. They did continue to trouble Sarries but a stubborn defence proved too much.
Jamie George was the third forward of the day to go over for a try and secured the bonus point with it. With backs feeling left out two of the best performers, in Ben Ransom and Tim Streather, stepped up to score calling a second half team hat trick and a convincing home win.
It has been a great start for Sarries with winning both games and taking maximum points. The boys will definitely have to continue their form to be successful all the way through the LV=Cup.