• Premiership Rugby Shield

    Sun 30 Dec

    KO 12H10

    Saracens Men-logo
    Bristol Bears-logo


    Venue: Allianz Park

Saracens Storm hit 50 points to secure their second bonus-point victory in succession against Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby Shield.

Rotimi Segun opened the scoring before two tries from Tusi Pisi and Sam Bedlow turned the match on its head.

Storm responded well through Dom Morris and Max Malins’ three points from the tee, and the 10 made his way over for a try on 51 minutes.

Segun then crossed for his fourth in two games with Sean Reffell nipping over seconds later. Joe Gray capped off a fine second-half display with two of his own.

Sarries set the tone with a beautiful try after 10 minutes. Sione Vailanu trucked up the middle, bashing Capon off the ball and that created space outside for the backs to work in.

Matt Gallagher stepped in off Dom Morris’ delicate offload and his lift allowed Segun to run on to the ball at pace and sprint in unopposed.

It was the Bears’ experienced centre partnership that stood up to claw the visitors level. Jack Tovey’s defence-splitting line saw him make 30 metres and from his pass, Pisi displayed excellent footwork to dance under the posts.

The score sparked Bristol into life and following several phases, they grabbed their second of the afternoon. With advantage being played inches from the line, Nic Stirzaker fed Bedlow and the fly-half beat his man to dot down.

Their lead was short-lived as Saracens produced a carbon copy effort to level matters once more; Morris hurtling on to a short Henry Taylor pass to crash over.

Malins added to his two conversions with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and soon after the break he took his tally to 14. From the base of a scrum, Tom Whiteley found Gallagher in the 10 position and his delightful pop released Malins on a sprint for five before the Storm fly-half added the extras.

A quickfire double put the Men in Black out of sight midway through the second half. First Segun powered over over for his second of the match and flanker Reffell raced home after a Bears mistake.

Replacement hooker Joe Gray scored Storm’s sixth from close range and barged his way over for a second in the dying embers, sending Adam Powell’s side into 2019 with plenty to smile about.

Sin Bins: Tompkins 63, Goode 71

Man of the Match: Will Skelton

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