Saracens ran in four tries at a sun kissed Adams Park to beat London Wasps 20-32.
Tries from Jackson Wray, a stunning solo effort from Saracens full-back Alex Goode and a brace from Jamie George keep Saracens at the summit of the Aviva Premiership table.
Saracens didn’t have to wait too long to register their first points of the game, with Charlie Hodgson sending over a routine penalty kick after Wasps flanker James Haskell was penalised for not using his arms in the tackle on a hit on Matt Stevens.
After Andy Goode missed the chance to level the scores Charlie Hodgson wasted a good chance to double the away sides lead in the 11th minute. Hodgson’s rare lapse would be quickly forgotten, as two minutes later Saracens would score their first try of the afternoon with back-rower Jackson Wray the scorer.
After Duncan Taylor initially broke the Wasps defence, the Scotland international centre cut a fantastic line in the midfield to find Wray who showed good pace to finish. Hodgson made no mistake with the conversion.
Wasps responded to Saracens first try well, with young winger Tom Howe making a scorching break down the right hand side to remind Mark McCall’s men of the Black & Ambers threat with ball in hand. Dai Young’s men would eventually get on the scoreboard after Andy Goode slotted a penalty conceded by Mouritz Botha, who sin-binned for his transgression.
With the numerical advantage Wasps dominated possession and they scored their first try of the afternoon, when Jonah Holmes raced onto a loose ball in the Saracens back field to score a fortuitous try – Goode failed to convert.
Mouritz Botha returned from the sin-bin on the 33rd minute and back to their full complement of 15 players, Saracens crossed for their second try of the afternoon when hooker Jamie George scored his sixth score of the season from a driving maul close to the Wasps line. Hodgson converted to give Saracens an 8-17 lead going into half-time.
After the break it was the hosts who drew first blood, winger Tom Howe crossing for a try on his Premiership debut but again, fly-half Alex Goode couldn’t add the extras.
Saracens introduced the bench, with Richard Wigglesworth coming on for Neil de Kock at scrum-half and Owen Farrell replacing Charlie Hodgson and it wasn’t too long that Saracens would cross for their try third of the afternoon.
Full-back Alex Goode danced around four Wasps defenders to score a scintillating try after scooping up a loose pass- Farrell added the extras and minutes later a routine penalty to extend Saracens lead to 14 points.
In the 63rd minute Brad Barritt pulled off a fine try saving tackle on Wasps winger Jonah Holmes, when the first half try scorer looked destined to score. Both sides continued to plug away at each and when Wasps loose forward Sam Jones was sin-binned for dragging a Sarries driving maul down.
Saracens, now firmly in the ascendency would then score their fourth try of the day and secure that all important bonus point. Jamie George (back on for Schalk Brits) was the scorer at the bottom of a Saracens catch and drive, Farrell failed to convert.
Wasps replacement hooker Carlo Festuccia scored consolation try in the 79th minute as Saracens recorded a 20-32 win at a sunny Adams Park.
Scores Tries Wray (14 mins); George (36 & 77); Goode (53);
Cons Hodgson 2; Farrell.
Pens Hodgson; Farrell.
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle (rep Bosch 59 mins);10. Charlie Hodgson (Farrell 51);9. Neil de Kock (Wigglesworth (50); 1. Mako Vunipola (Barrington (59);2. Jamie George(Brits 54); 3. Matt Stevens(Johnston 54); 4. Steve Borthwick ©(Kruis 50);5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Jackson Wray(Burger 65);7. Kelly Brown, 8. Ernst Joubert.
Replacements; 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. James Johnston, 19. George Kruis, 20. Jacques Burger, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Marcelo Bosch.
Yellow card. Botha 23 mins
Referee Luke Pearce