Sep 02, 2017
Ruthless Sarries run in 9 tries to dismantle Saints at London Double Header
Saracens made a statement of intent in their opening match, running away with a 55-24 bonus point victory over Northampton Saints at Twickenham.
Sean Maitland scored the first hat-trick of the Premiership season, with Brad Barritt, Alex Lozowski, Vincent Koch, Schalk Brits, and Ben Spencer scoring Sarries other six tries.
Dominic Day impressed in his Saracens debut, though it was Brits who stole the show, scoring once and having his hand in a number of crucial plays for the Men in Black.
Northampton ran in three tries in the second half to pull back, but it was Saracens who were in firm control throughout.
After a hesitant start from both sides Sarries found their feet.
The Men in Black’s forwards bruised their way down to the goal line after 10-minutes. When the pack met a wall of green, the ball was spun out and Barritt worked his way in for the game’s opening score.
The following Saints kick-off sailed straight out, giving Sarries an immediate chance to double up. Some slick offloading by Schalk Burger set up Wigglesworth under the posts.
Nathan Earle’s pressure on the wing set up the next opportunity. Alex Goode ran back a panicked clearance and caught the defence napping, slicing his way into Northampton territory. Quick ball found its way to Maitland who dove his way into the far corner.
Three scores up and full of confidence, Saracens began to roll. An opening on the wing had man of the match Brits running free and a clever offload to keep the ball in play set up Lozowski on the line.
Moments later, Brits was loose again, offloading to Koch who put Maitland in space. A 50-metre sprint to the corner gave the winger his second try.
Barritt's boot gifted Maitland his hat-trick. A clever chip through saw the Scotland international calmly pick up the ball on the goal line.
Koch was next to join in on the fun, bundling over a ruck before the half as Saracens began to stretch their legs in the Twickenham sun.
Northampton came back out fighting, and forced their way over to score early. Though Sarries were soon back to enjoying the occasion and Brits was smiling ear-to-ear as he dove under the posts for Saracens eighth try.
A flurry of replacements came on with 25-minutes left. The defence was put to the test as Northampton scored two tries in 10 minutes, though Sarries remained comfortably ahead.
With just over 10-minutes on the clock Sarries added another score. Wray broke through and was followed by a swarm of black shirts. A scrap on the goal line allowed Spencer to sneak his way in for the game’s final try.
15 Alex Goode;14 Sean Maitland( Wray 46'); 13 Duncan Taylor; 12 Brad Barritt (c)( Bosch 60'); 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Alex Lozowski; 9 Richard Wigglesworth( Spencer 66') ; 1 Richard Barrington.(Thompson-Stringer 52');2 Schalk Brits( Spurling 54'); 3 Vincent Koch(Figallo 52'); 4 Dominic Day.( Rhodes 60') ; 5 George Kruis ( Isiekwe 15'); 6 Maro Itoje; 7 Schalk Burger; 8 Jackson Wray:
Replacements 16 Scott Spurling;17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer; 18 Juan Figallo; 19 Nick Isiekwe;
20 Michael Rhodes; 21 Ben Spencer; 22 Marcelo Bosch; 23 Chris Wyles:
Scores Tries Barritt(9'); Wigglesworth(12'); Maitland( 21'-25'-32'); Lozowski(30'); Koch(40');
Cons Lozowski 5/9:
15 Ahsee Tuala(Grayson 67); 14 Ben Foden; 13 Nafi Tuitavake; 12 Luther Burrell; 11 Tom Collins( Pisi 52');10 Harry Mallinder; 9 Nic Groom( Mitchell 59') ; 1 Alex Waller(Ma'afu 62');2 Dylan Hartley (capt)(Haywood 62'); 3 Kieran Brookes( Hill 54'); 4 Courtney Lawes; 5 Christian Day( Ribbans 16'); 6 Tom Wood; 7 Lewis Ludlam; 8 Mitch Eadie (Gibson 31'):
Replacements 16 Mikey Haywood; 17 Campese Ma’afu; 18 Paul Hill; 19 David Ribbans;
20 Jamie Gibson;21 Alex Mitchell; 22 James Grayson; 23 Ken Pisi:
Scores Tries Ludlam (44'); Wood (57'-65'):
Penalty Mallinder 1/2: