Saracens - Off Colour Saracens Stung By Impressive Wasps

Feb 14, 2016

Off Colour Saracens Stung By Impressive Wasps


An off colour Saracens were well-beaten by a red-hot Wasps side at Allianz Park 64-23 in a day to forget for the Aviva Premiership champions.

Saracens were stunned on the day, as Dai Young’s side ran in eight tries to hand the north Londoners their second defeat of the season with scores from Brad Barritt and Jim Hamilton not enough to halt the Wasps charge.

Saracens really didn’t know what hit them as the visitors ran-into 19-0 lead inside ten minutes. Wasps had the four-try bonus point wrapped up midway through the first half with the home side struggling to exert their usual brand of abrasive, confrontational defensive system on their opponents.

Nathan Hughes was a constant thorn in Sarries' side as he, Charles Piutau and Dan Robson all scored two tries while Thomas Young and Jimmy Gopperth also crossed the whitewash for Wasps.

Brad Barritt and Jim Hamilton did dot down for Saracens but the Men in Black’s resistance was futile as the Wasps hammered home their superiority in clinical style.

Wasps took the lead in the third minute when Piutau capitalised on the overlap to score in the corner and although Gopperth dragged the conversion wide he made no mistake in slotting the extras when Young went in under the posts following Josh Bassett's offload shortly after.

And incredibly, the visitors stunned the shell-shocked hosts further with a third try on eight minutes when George Smith broke the line and Robson was on his shoulder to dot down.

Charlie Hodgson finally stopped the rot with a 12th-minute penalty and Sarries further reduced the arrears in the 23rd minute as Barritt joined the back of a driving maul and burrowed his way over the line to give the home fans packed into Allianz Park a much needed lift.

Wasps though were in ruthless mood and showed no mercy to the below par Sarries as Hughes ran away for another score.

Two penalties from Hodgson before half-time briefly stopped the Wasps procession but between those was a fifth Wasps try and a second for Hughes.

The No.8 rode a couple of tackles to charge over and Gopperth hammered his third conversion to make it 31-16 at the interval.

Saracens may have had hope after two comeback victories in recent matches against Bath and Exeter but any dreams of a miraculous turnaround were soon quelled after the break as the superb Gopperth burst through some poor Saracens defending to score after the break.

With Sarries lock Alistair Hargreaves in the sin-bin, the New Zealand born fly-half added a penalty to take the score to 41-16 before Piutau cut a beautiful line to collect Smith's pass that did look questionably forward to dot down under the posts.

Jim Hamilton snuck over the line with a pick-and-drive on 55 minutes for the hosts but Hughes rampaged forward once again and offloaded to Robson for the scrum-half's second try before Elliot Daly booted a 57-metre penalty and Alex Lozowski also notched a three-pointer to complete the scoring.

Attendance 8,752

Saracens

15 Marcelo Bosch; 14 Mike Ellery; 13 Nick Tompkins; 12 Brad Barritt; 11 Chris Wyles; 10 Charlie Hodgson; 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Richard Barrington; 2 Schalk Brits; 3 Petrus Du Plessis; 4 Jim Hamilton; 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c); 6 Michael Rhodes; 7 Jacques Burger; 8 Samu Vunisa.

Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders; 17 Rhys Gill; 18 Titi Lamositele; 19 Hayden Smith; 20 Will Fraser; 21 Richard Wigglesworth; 22 Nils Mordt; 23 Ben Ransom.

Replacements used: Saunders for Brits (69); Gill for Barrington (29); Lamositele for Du Plessis (45); Smith for Hargreaves (57); Fraser for Vunisa (45); Wigglesworth for Spencer (45); Mordt for Hodgson (60); Ransom for Tompkins (53).

Tries Barritt (24); Hamilton (55).

Cons Hodgson x 2

Penalties 3

Yellow card Hargreaves (47).

Wasps

15 Charles Piutau; 14. Christian Wade; 13; Elliot Daly; 12. Siale Piutau; 11. Josh Bassett; 10. Jimmy Gopperth; 9. Dan Robson; 1. Simon McIntyre; 2. Ashley Johnson; 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley; 4. James Cannon; 5. Kearnan Myall; 6. Thomas Young; 7. George Smith ©; 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Carlo Festuccia; 17. Matt Mullan; 18. Phil Swainston; 19. Will Rowlands; 20. Alex Rieder; 21. Jamie Stevenson; 22.Alex Lozowski; 23. Rob Miller.

Replacements used: Festuccia for Johnson (60); Mullan for McIntyre (57); Swainston for Cooper-Woolley (66); Rowlands for Cannon (66); Rieder for Young (60); Stevenson for Robson (69); Lozowski for Gopperth (69); Miller for Piutau (63).

Tries C. Piutau (3 & 52); Young (5); Robson (8 & 68); Hughes (28 & 32); Gopperth (43).

Cons: Gopperth 6

Penalties Gopperth 2; Daly; Lozowski.

Head down to Allianz Park where we will be screening England’s Six Nations fixture against Italy in the Olympic Bar. With Billy Vunipola and George Kruis impressing in particular last weekend against Scotland there should be plenty to cheer about for Sarries fans as England look to defeat an Italy side who ran France mighty close in their last fixture.

Following the England clash Saracens will take to the field against Wasps who head to North London off the back of three consecutive Aviva Premiership wins.

Tickets still remain for the Sunday afternoon clash and can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office on 0844 847 1876.

Gates will open on Sunday at 13:30 with England kicking off at 14:00 and Saracens following at 16:00.

- See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/italy-v-england-to-be-screened-at-allianz-park-on-sunday#sthash.BxfjvJL9.dpuf

Saracens Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

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