Saracens - Report: Sarries Beaten by Quins

Dec 03, 2017

Report: Sarries Beaten by Quins


After a valiant performance, Saracens were beaten 19-20 by Quins on Sunday after a last-gasp try from the hosts.

The away side had much of the early run of play and took the lead with a try from Brad Barritt in the second minute after a fantastic break from Vincent Koch. Owen Farrell kept the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors with a conversion and a penalty to take him over the 1000-point mark in the Premiership.

Charlie Walker scored a try while James Lang kicked well for Quins after coming into the side at the last minute and scored a penalty early on in the half to make the scores tight before Farrell nudged over two kicks and make the lead 8-points.

However, Quins won a late penalty and kicked the ball forward. The line-out was won and a magical cross-field kick from Danny Care picked out Tim Vissser who charged over in the corner to win the game

Sarries opened the scoring with just over 90 seconds played, Koch broke on the ‘22 line before finding Jamie George who moved the ball on to Barritt and the skipper touched down to put Sarries in an early 0-7 lead after Farrell’s conversion.

Farrell extended the Men in Black’s lead with a penalty in the ninth minute after Quins were penalised for an infringement at the line-out, this extended the visitors’ early lead to ten points.

The home side scored their first try of the match in the 26th minute, a great set from the Sarries defence kept the hosts from scoring for a long spell but a brilliant cross-field kick from Danny Care picked out Charlie Walker who scored in the corner to make the score 5-10 at the interval.

James Lang cut the Sarries lead to two points with a penalty two minutes into the second half after Luke Pearce penalised the away side at the scrum. Farrell struck back for Saracens with a penalty in the 51st minute to make the score 8-13.

The Sarries fly-half was on the mark once again with a penalty from under the posts, earned through a powerful scrum, to make the score 8-16 with 19 minutes to play.

Quins scored their second try in the 72nd minute, a kick chase from Walker was good enough for the winger to touch down and score, Lang’s conversion made the score 15-16. However, Farrell nudged over a conversion just two minutes later to make the score 15-19.

However, Sarries were pegged back with what proved to be the last real action of the match. A cross-field kick from Care was won by Tim Visser in the air and the winger was able to score in the corner and make the final score 19-20 after Lang’s missed conversion.

Saracens

15 Alex Goode; 14 Sean Maitland; 13 Marcelo Bosch; 12 Brad Barritt (c); 11 Chris Wyles; 10 Owen Farrell  9 Richard Wigglesworth;( Spencer 68'); 1 Mako Vunipola; 2 Jamie George; 3 Vincent Koch( Figallo 52');  4 Nick Isiekwe( Skelton 53'); 5 George Kruis; 6 Maro Itoje (Burger 48'); 7 Calum Clark; 8 Jackson Wray.    

Replacements 16 Christopher Tolofua; 17 Richard Barrington; 18 Juan Figallo ; 19 Will Skelton; 20 Schalk Burger; 21 Ben Spencer; 22 Alex Lozowski; 23 Nathan Earle.

Scores Tries Barrett(2').

Conversations Farrell 1/1

Penalties Farrell X 4

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown; 14. Charlie Walker; 13. Alofa Alofa; 12. Jamie Roberts; 11. Tim Visser; 10.James Lang; 9. Danny Care; 1. Joe Marler; 2. Elia Elia; 3. Will Collier (Sinckler 32'); 4. George Merrick; 5. James Horwill (Captain); 6.Renaldo Bothma; 7. Chris Robshaw; 8. Mat Luamanu.

Replacements 16. Dave Ward; 17. Lewis Boyce; 18. Kyle Sinckler; 19. Dino Lamb; 20. Archie White; 21.Jono Kitto; 22. Ian Prior; 23. Ross Chisholm.

Scores Tries Walker(26'& 71'); Visser (79')

Conversations Lang 1/3.

Penalties 1/1.

Scoring sequence 5-0 Barrett try; 7-0 Farrell con;10-0 Farrell pen; 10-5; Walker try; 10-8 Lang pen; 13-8 Farrell pen 16-8 Farrell pen; 16-13 Walker try; 16-15 Lang con; 19-15 Farrell pen;19-20 Visser try:

Man of the match: Chris Robshaw

Attendance: 14,816

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