Jun 06, 2013
Farrell and Vunipola score for the Lions
Saracens trio of Lions were all given game time by coach Warren Gatland, as Owen Farrell, Matt Stevens and Mako Vunipola all coming off the bench in an emphatic 17-69 win over a weakened Western Force side in Perth.
Mako Vunipola came on for the prop forward Cian Healy (whose tour now looks to be over) late in the first half, and the Saracens loose head was impressive throughout and was a constant threat to the Force defensive line with his ball carrying and offloading game.
Mako scored what is fast becoming his trademark try in 51st minute; powering over near the touchline after Munster and Ireland half-back Conor Murray supplied the all action England prop to bundle over in the right hand corner.
Owen Farrell replaced Jonny Sexton late into the second 40, and the Wigan born fly-half made an instant impact scoring the Lions eighth try on the 68th minute, with a show-and-go on what was his first touch of the ball, whilst Matt Stevens replaced Dan Cole late into proceedings.
Another Saracens player who was in representative action yesterday was academy back-rower Matt Hankin, who started at openside flanker for England Under 20s who kicked off their IRB Junior World Championship campaign with an impressive 30-6 win against hosts France at the Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, with Hankin playing a key role in the back row.