Dec 01, 2018
Match Report: Saracens 29-6 Wasps
Saracens claimed a 29-6 win over Wasps at Allianz Park this afternoon to maintain their unbeaten run and move top of the Gallagher Premiership.
Twenty second-half points from the hosts proved the difference as Sarries built on a narrow first-half lead to take the win, thanks to a faultless performance from the boot by Alex Lozowski and tries from Jamie George and Nick Isiekwe.
It was a bright start for Saracens at Allianz Park; the home side came out high on energy, using quick ball to build momentum early in the opening 40. Despite their clear intent it was a low scoring half; two penalty kicks from Lozowski and a long-range effort from Elliot Daly the only points in the first 30 minutes.
Rain had been falling hard in north London in the build up to the game and while the skies had cleared for kick-off the still greasy ball saw fumbles from both sides as the game remained poised at 6-3.
Strong work from the Men in Black forwards saw Wasps penalised on a number of occasions, however Mark McCall's men were unable to capitalise until the latter stages of the first period when a penalty in front of the sticks allowed Lozowski to make it three from three and extend the Wolfpack's advantage to six.
Wasps had one final attacking effort in them before the break, advancing deep into home territory courtesy of a bulldozing run from Nathan Hughes but the Saracens defence held firm to take a 9-3 lead into half-time.
Back out after the break Saracens could have been in for an early score but referee JP Doyle judged the ball to have been held up, when Hughes managed to thwart Jamie George with an impressive piece of defensive work.
As the game progressed Wasps stayed within touching distance via another long range Daly kick which sliced the Sarries’ lead to three, before a reply from Lozowski restored the home side’s six-point advantage.
He may have been denied earlier in the half there was no doubt about George’s finish when the hooker dived over the whitewash on the hour for the first try of the afternoon. It was a well worked effort, Sarries biding their time as they moved the ball across the line presenting George with a gap on the wing which he nipped through to score. Lozowski’s conversion put daylight between the two sides, giving Saracens a 19-6 lead as the game moved in to its final quarter.
Despite the widening scoreline it was still a closely fought encounter. A fifth Lozowski penalty extended Saracens’ lead but, in reality, neither side looked close to scoring a further try until a misjudged pass from an under pressure Daly gave Isiekwe the chance to intercept metres from the try line and run in for an easy score. Another successful effort with the boot brought the score up to 29-6 and despite continued fight from the visitors, even with the clock in the red, Saracens saw the match out in comfortable fashion.
Gallagher (Tompkins 68), Maitland, Lozowski, Barritt, Lewington, Goode, Wigglesworth (Spencer 70); Lamositele (Adams-Hale 55), George (Woolstencroft 70), Koch (Figallo 55), Itoje (Day 70), Skelton (Isiekwe 55), Rhodes, Clark (Earl 62), Wray. Replacements: Woolstencroft, Adams-Hale, Figallo, Isiekwe, Day, Earl, Spencer, Tompkins.
Tries: George, Isiekwe
Cons: Lozowski (2)
Pens: Lozowski (5)
Le Roux, Neal, Daly, Le Bourgeois (de Jongh 73), Campagnaro, Sopoaga (Searle 60), Hampson (Porter 68); B.Harris (Zhvania 61), A.Harris (Oghre 61), Brookes (Daniels 61), Rowlands, Myall, Shield (Morris 63), Carr, Hughes (Matthews 68). Replacements: Oghre, Zhvania, Daniels, Matthews, Morris, Porter, Searle, de Jongh.
Pens: Daly (2)