Oct 27, 2017
Alex Goode shines as Saracens overpower London Irish
In front of a sold out crowd at Allianz Park Saracens claimed a empathic win over visitors London Irish despite a tight first half. Man of the match Alex Goode was impressive throughout, playing a hand in creating an number of opportunities for Saracens who came away from the game with a 44-13 victory.
Fast paced attack, it seemed, was the aim of the game for the men in black this afternoon as they kicked off the half by displaying quick hands and some relentless running rugby to keep the intensity of the game high.
It was London Irish however with the first points of the day, Tommy Bell sending the ball between the sticks after Saracens were penalised early in the game.
The men in black kept the visitors on their toes throughout the half, threatening the Irish try line on a number of occasions including a touchline break from the in-form Chris Wyles which ended metres from the try line when the winger was bundled in to touch by the oncoming defence.
The try eventually came when Mako Vunipola found a gap in the Irish defence and sprinted away to the line to score under the posts. Some sight for the Allianz Park faithful! Farrell converted and Saracens led 7-3.
Saracens continued to attack, running hard at the Irish line but the visitors defence held firm. A number of uncharacteristic misses from the boot of Owen Farrell kept the scorelines tight as the half ticked on.
Irish best chance of the half came when a loose ball in midfield gave Joe Cokanasiga an opportunity to show off his trademark speed as he nearly outpaced the retreating Alex Goode. Goode claimed the loose ball however and Saracens regrouped to nullify the threat from the visitors.
Irish closed the gap on Saracens minutes later though, Bell adding another three points from the tee to make the score 7-6 to the home side. Further indiscipline from London Irish gave Saracens the chance to extend their lead and Farrell, back in his kicking groove, added two from the tee to make the scores 13-6 at the break.
Saracens were back after the break with a bang. Sublime handling across the board saw Liam Williams offload to Owen Farrell who dummied and darted his away around his defender to bag the five points.
A driving maul on 50 minutes saw London Irish bring themselves into losing bonus point territory once more as David Paice crossed the whitewash.
A third try for Saracens came mid way through the second half, Liam Wiliams combining with Alex Goode to dot down for his third score in as many games.
After that It didn’t take long for the men in black to secure the bonus point. Alex Goode again featuring as the full back collected his own chip before offloading to the incoming Wyles on his left wing. The score marking a sixth of the season for the veteran winger. Farrell’s conversion hit the post but the men in black looked firmly in control, the scoreboard reading 34-13 to the home side.
Saracens were in cruise control now and it was Nathan Earle who added the side’s fifth of the afternoon, dotting down in the corner just minutes after coming on to the field as a sub for Liam Williams.
With minutes left in the game there was still time for one final flourish for Saracens as Nathan Earle bagged his second of the afternoon with a classy show of pace to beat his defender and go over in the corner. Farrell couldn’t manage the conversion, the final score 44-13.
Saracens 15 Alex Goode; 14 Liam Williams (Earle 65'); 13 Nick Tompkins; 12 Brad Barritt (c)(Lozowski (63'); 11 Chris Wyles; 10 Owen Farrell; 9 Ben Spencer( Wigglesworth (53'); 1 Mako Vunipola( Barrington 63'); 2 Jamie George( Tolofua 65); 3 Vincent Koch( Figallo (53'); 4 Nick Isiekwe( Skelton 41');5 George Kruis; 6 Calum Clark; 7 Schalk Burger; 8 Jackson Wray( Earl 67');
Replacements 16 Christopher Tolofua; 17 Richard Barrington; 18 Juan Figallo; 19 Will Skelton; 20 Ben Earl; 21 Richard Wigglesworth; 22 Alex Lozowski; 23 Nathan Earle:
Scores Tries M.Vunipola(10'); Farrell (46'); Williams (59'); Wyles (61'); Earle (65' & 80')
Cons Farrell 4/6
Penalties Farrell 2/5
London Irish: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Joe Cokanasiga( Ojo 74'), 13 Tom Fowlie( Brophie-Clews (67), 12 Fergus Mulchrone, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 James Marshall, 9 Ben Meehan( Steele 60'),1 Ben Franks( Elrington 65'), 2 David Paice (c)( Woolstencroft 67), 3 Petrus Du Plessis( Hoskins 57'),4 Franco van der Merwe, 5 Teofilo Paulo( Northcote-Green 67), 6 Josh McNally, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus( Schats57')
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Jake Schatz, Max Northcote-Green, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Topsy Ojo
Scores Tries Paice(50')
Cons Bell 1/1
Penalties Bell 2/2
Yellow card Teofilo (40')
Scoring sequence 0-3 Bell pen; 5-3 M.Vunipola try; 7-3 Farrell con; 7-6 Bell pen; 10-6 Farrell pen; 13-6 Farrell pen;18-6 Farrell try; 20-6 Farrell con;20-11 Paice try;20-13 Bell con;25-13 Williams try; 27-13 Farrell con; 32-13 Wyles try; 34-13 Farrell con; 39-13 Earle try; 44-13 Earle try: