May 14, 2015
Saracens too strong for the Army at the HAC
Saracens were too strong for the Army at the Honorary Artillery Company this evening, with Babcock Trophy holders losing 38-3 to the Allianz Park side in the heart of the City of London.
Try scorers on the night for Saracens were Mike Ellery, Nick De Jager, James Johnston, George Perkins, Tom Whiteley and a Penalty try.
Much of the excitement build-up to the MXC Capital Challenge centred on the return of England U20 winner Nathan Earle, who was making his first appearance in Sarries colours since rupturing his Achilles in a game for Bedford Blues earlier this season.
Earle immediately underlined his undoubted potential, with a mesmerising run down the left win after only a matter of minutes warming the shivering spectators in attendance.
The Saracens back three were looking dangerous. Romanian international Catalin Fercu was in particular a constant threat with a series of counter attacking runs that caught the Army defence off guard.
It was from an errant kick that Saracens would score their first try. Wing Earle broke down the left hand touchline, and after Saracens recycled quickly the ball made its way to centre Max Wilkins. The Sarries youngster showed impressive physicality and deft of hand to feed wing Mike Ellery after breaking through the Army backline. Ellery finished well in the right hand corner. Mordt missed a difficult conversion.
The game then suffered as the Moorgate Monsoon continued to batter the HAC enclave, but Sarries would cross again before half-time, with a Penalty try awarded after a dominant catch and drive was illegally brought down from the Army team. Half-time: Saracens 12 Army 0.
Saracens would extend their lead minutes after the break with loose-forward Nick de Jager crossing the whitewash, to score to extend Sarries lead to 17 points.
The Army hit back with a penalty from full-back LBdr Davies before Saracens crossed for their fourth try of the night with replacement prop James Johnston powering over to score. Spencer converted to make the score 24-3 after an hours play.
England U20s man George Perkins came off the bench to continue the scoring, with Bedford Blues player Baden Kerr adding the extras with a fine conversion before fellow sub Tom Whiteley capped off a routine evening for Saracens with a superb solo effort. Again Kerr added the conversion to make the final score: Saracens 38 Army 3.
Saracens: 15 Catalin Fercu; 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Max Wilkins, 12 Baden Kerr, 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Nils Mordt, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Richard Barrington, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 4 Hayden Thompson-Stringer. 5 Hayden Smith, 6 Nick de Jager, 7 Matt Hankin, 8 Ernst Joubert.
Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kennett O’Neil, 20 Henri Williams, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 George Perkins, 23 Ben Ransom.
Tries: Ellery, Penalty Try, De Jager, Johnston, Perkins, Whiteley
Conversions: Spencer x1, Kerr x2