Dec 29, 2018
Match Report: Saracens 25-17 Worcester Warriors
Saracens returned to winning ways at Allianz Park this afternoon, closing out 2018 with a 25-17 win over Worcester Warriors.
Worcester started the game brightly, combining effective attacking pressure to gain the upper hand in the opening period of play. Two early scores were their just reward; Duncan Weir crossing after just five minutes before Ben Te’o followed up with a second.
In contrast, it was a tough opening period for Sarries as the Warriors picked holes in the Men in Black’s trademark Wolfpack-defence while the home side struggled to find their rhythm. A chance for Will Skelton to get Saracens off the mark went begging as the ball squirmed away from the Australian as he went to ground over the line, leaving an Owen Farrell penalty the only points the hosts could manage before the half-hour mark.
Eventually the opportunity did come for Mark McCall's men as they displayed their physicality to drive Mako Vunipola over the line and close the gap to 14-8. The sides traded penalty kicks ahead of the half-time whistle, but it was still Worcester who had the momentum as the teams went in at the break; the Warriors holding an 17-11 lead.
Sarries hit back after the break, swinging control of the game away from Worcester as they pushed for a score to put them ahead. Saracens were made to bide their time by an effective defensive performance from the Warriors but in the end a converted second try put the men in black ahead by a single point; Calum Clark finishing off a well worked team score before David Strettle added a fine third score on his return from injury. As the clock wound down the intensity remained high with both sides hunting a bonus point but there were to be no further scores and Saracens closed out the game to end 2018 with a well fought win.