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14/04/2013 - Allianz Park

Saracens secured a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership with a 47-17 victory against Worcester Warriors atAllianzPark.

A David Strettle hat-trick in the opening 20 minutes of the game and further scores for Carlos Nieto, Chris Ashton and Jackson Wray sealed the win and the home draw in the end of season play-off with the game due to be played on the 11/12 of May.

Worcestertook a second minute lead through a Danny Gray penalty but this was soon nullified with one from Charlie Hodgson.

With their first attack, Saracens scored the opening try.John Smitsoftened up the visitors’ defence with a couple of bursts before the ball was transferred sweetly along the line for Strettle to force his way over in the corner.

The score gave Saracens confidence and within minutes they were nearly over again.

Chris Ashton flew past Alex Grove to take his side into the opposition 22 and the ball was recycled for Hodgson to give Ashton a scoring chance but he was pushed into touch inches short.

Hodgson extended the lead with a penalty before Sarries scored their second try, a brilliant solo effort from Strettle.

From halfway the wing spotted a gap in theWorcesterdefence and raced away and easily evade Warriors full-back Chris Pennell for the try which Hodgson converted to give Saracens an 18-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Saracens’ dominance continued unabated as Kelly Brown’s burst through half theWorcesterside created a third try for Strettle, this time a simple run in.

Worcester were in danger of being overrun but showed some fight when a strong run from Grove created a try for Josh Drauniniu which was converted by Gray.

Drauniniu and David Lemi combined cleverly after the break to takeWorcesterdeep into the home 22 and from the resulting line-out Matt Kvesic was driven over for the try which Gray converted.

Saracens resumed control with a driving line-out try of their own with Carlos Nieto the scorer.

Hodgson converted and added his third penalty before late tries from Ashton and Wray, both converted by Hodgson, ensured the win.

Match Summary

Attendance


9,995


Scorers


Tries: Strettle (3), Nieto, Ashton, Wray
Cons: Hodgson (4)
Pens: Hodgson (3)


Team Lineup


Wyles (Goode 70), Ashton, Tomkins (Taylor 50), Barritt, Strettle, Hodgson, De Kock (Wigglesworth 41), Gill (Vunipola 50), Smit (George 50), Stevens (Nieto 50), Kruis, Botha (Sheriff 63), Brown, Burger (Melck 65), Wray.


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