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  • Gallagher Premiership
    Rugby

    Sat 6 Apr

    KO 15H00

    Saracens Men-logo
    vs
    Newcastle Falcons-logo

    26-12

    Venue: Allianz Park

“We still continued to make errors but it was a bit more like it so I’m glad we found a way to win.”

Mark McCall

Saracens battled to a 26-12 win over a determined Newcastle Falcons side at Allianz Park this afternoon to cement their position at the top four end of the table.

Despite a dominant first half performance the visitors were unable to add a try to the fine kicking of scrum half Take Takulua while Saracens built on their rock solid defence with four tries to secure the bonus point victory.

Newcastle arrived at Allianz Park in a good vein of form, boasting important three wins from their past three Gallagher Premiership encounters, and it was the visitors who stamped their mark on the opening half.

Enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territory Newcastle made repeated ventures into the Saracens 22, only to be denied by disciplined defence from the home side. It was not until the 25th minute that the deadlock was finally broken and Allianz Park saw its first points of the afternoon. Deservedly these went the way of the visitors who got off the mark when Falcons scrum half Tane Takulua slotted a straightforward penalty kick in front of the posts.

A series of uncharacteristic errors from Saracens disrupted any real attempts by the home side to build attacking momentum and it was quite against the run of play that the Men in Black grabbed the first try of the game just before the break. The score itself though was a fine effort, building from a fizzing pass from Owen Farrell which allowed Ben Spencer to break free of his defenders and in to space. Quick hands followed from Spencer to Malins, who in turn released Sean Maitland on the wing for the Scotland international to dot down in the corner. Farrell’s touchline conversion was just wide of the mark but Saracens now held a narrow 5-3 lead.

The home side’s lead was not to last though as with only minutes left on the clock in the half Saracens were penalised at the scrum, giving Newcastle a chance to regain their scoreboard advantage. Takulua made no mistake from the tee as he gave his side a single point lead going in at the break.

With the second half underway it was Saracens’ turn to enjoy extended periods of possession as they attacked the game with a greater momentum than seen in the opening forty. Newcastle for their part showed plenty of defensive character to keep the Men in Black at bay but just before the midway point in the half the Falcons’ defence finally leaked, allowing Max Malins to scramble on to a loose ball and stretch over the line.

A long range effort from Takulua however kept the Falcons within touching distance of their hosts, leaving Newcastle trailing by just three points on the hour mark.

Yet as the clock ticked down it was clear Saracens were strengthening their grip on the game, a fact which was confirmed when Nick Tompkins was driven over the line for Saracens third try of the afternoon.  Farrell’s conversion hit the mark and Saracens were looking increasingly comfortable.

With their recent run of good form and the bottom end of the table a closely fought affair, it was no surprise that the Falcons still had plenty of fight left in them. Takulua topped off a fine afternoon from the tee with a second long range effort, and his fourth penalty of the afternoon, to cut the home side’s lead to seven points with just four minutes remaining on the clock, but in the end the final word in the game belonged to the home side.

In the dying seconds of the game Saracens secured their sought-after bonus point; Alex Lozowski scooting over to mark a clinical second half performance and confirm a 26-12 win for the home side.

Match highlights

Highlights | Saracens Men 26-12 Newcastle Falcons (Round 18)

Highlights | Saracens Men 26-12 Newcastle Falcons (Round 18)

Duration 2m

Highlights of Saracens' bonus-point win over Newcastle Falcons at Allianz Park in Round 18 of the Gallagher Premiership.

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