Saracens Storm won their first A-League game of the season in a thrilling contest against the Exeter Braves at Sandy Park.
In a game where the Storm were behind for long periods, it took tries from Richard Barrington, Sam Stanley, Nathan Earle, Ben Ransom and substitute Charlie Kingsman to see off the Braves, with half back pairing Ben Spencer and Nils Mordt contributing 14 points between them with the boot.
The Storm’s next fixture in the A-League is against London Irish on Monday 16th September at Allianz Park.
Final score; Exeter Braves 30 – Saracens Storm 39
Braves: J Arnott (A Ross h/t); F Vainikolo, H Stevens, S Hill (J Forrester 50), S Blanchet; C Sweeney (capt), W Chudley; C Mitchell, A Spurdle, A Brown; J Phillips, W Carrick-Smith; J Blanchet (T Lowry h/t), J Conlon, K Horstmann.
Tries – S Blanchet, Horstmann, Townsend; Conversions – Sweeney (3); Penalties – Sweeney (3)
Storm: B Ransom; J Wilson, S Stanley, T Manumua (C Kingsman 39), N Earle; N Mordt (capt), B Spencer; R Barrington (N Auterac 58), J Saunders (S Spurling 58), J Johnston (B Alo 77); M Botha (H Springer 71), G Kruis; M Itoje, M Hankin, J Melck.
Tries – Barrington, Stanley, Earle, Ransom, Kingsman; Conversions – Spencer (3); Penalties – Mordt (2)
Referee: D Rose