Mar 28, 2015
Saracens run riot at Wembley
Saracens ran in five tries to beat Harlequins 42-14 at Wembley Stadium in another record breaking day at the National Stadium for the innovative north London club.
It was the Saracens backs who were stars of the show, with fine solo performances from David Strettle, Marcelo Bosch and in particular Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton inflicting the damage of Conor O'Shea's side, with the Sarries pair both crossing for a brace of tries.
Billy Vunipola crossed for an 80th minute score to round off a fine afternoon, in which Saracens once again broke the world record attendance for a club rugby game with 84,068 fans packed into watch Derby Day at Wembley Stadium.
It what a landmark day for Saracens, the start to the game couldn't have been more disastrous. After David Strettle rose above the Harlequins kick chasers from Nick Evans' kick off and from the resulting ruck Neil de Kock's clearance was charged down by rangy 'Quins back rower Jack Clifford who collected to score. Evans missed the resulting conversion.
Saracens hit back a few minutes, with Argentine centre Marcelo Bosch at the fulcrum of the move that sent over Chris Wyles for his first try of the game. Hodgson converted to give Saracens a 7-5 lead and then followed his two pointer with a penalty kick to give Sarries a five point lead.
The 'home' side were in the ascendent and their supremacy told with wings David Strettle and Chris Ashton a constant menace for Harlequins. It was Ashton who would cross for Sarries second, with a fine solo effort that reminded Stuart Lancaster of his finishing prowess.
Nick Evans added two penalties as Saracens went into the break 21-8 up.
Saracens continued their dominance in the second half, and it was Ashton again who wowed the masses with a fine finish on the back of stunning interplay between Wyles, and the influential Marcelo Bosch. Alex Goode (now assuming the kicking responsibilities) landed the conversion.
Nick Evans landed two more conversions before Saracens rounded off a fine win with two more tries. First was Chris Wyles' second. The USA Eagle international owing a debt of gratitude to David Strettle who produced an outrageous assist on the volley to set-up his teammate to score Saracens bonus point try.
Billy Vunipola crossed for Saracens' fifth as Saracens rounded off a fine display to move second in the Premiership table.