Feb 16, 2017
Saracens defeated at Academy Finals Day
Saracens U18 were edged out of an entertaining contest at the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy Finals Day as Worcester Warriors U18 scored a late try to seal a 36-26 win at Sixways.
Worcester scored four tries in the first half to put them in a commanding position at half-time, but a spirited second half comeback saw Saracens briefly lead.
But Warriors fought back on home turf, with hooker Cameron Harrison driving over from a lineout for his second try of the afternoon, to claim a narrow ten-point win.
It took Worcester just two minutes to open the scoring as scrum-half George Hawkes found Alex Forrester who offloaded to the onrushing skipper Ted Hill who ran in under the posts and Forrester converted.
Saracens responded well and piled on the pressure inside the opposition 22, with fly-half Manu Vunipola, cousin of England’s Mako and Billy Vunipola, converting his own try under the posts to level the match.
But a quick pair of tries from the strong-running Oliver Lawrence put the Warriors back in front.
Forrester converted one of Lawrence’s two tries before Saracens had a try of their own disallowed for a forward pass 5m from the line.
Saracens soon made up for it though thanks largely to the powerful second-row Alfie Scopes who repeatedly broke into the Worcester 22.
The visitors distributed the ball well and quickly got it out wide to full-back Elliot Obatoyinbo who dived over in the corner to close the gap.
Worcester increased their lead on the stroke of half-time as Harrison went on a terrific run and found Christophe Fostier whose inside pass allowed James Scott to cross.
Saracens were 12 points down at the break but hit back immediately at the start of the second half with two quick tries courtesy of powerful replacement prop Billy Young.
Vunipola converted both tries, the second a terrific kick from the touchline to put Saracens ahead for the first time.
But Worcester, roared on by vocal support, replied as Harrison benefitted from a terrific charge down to cross the line and restore the Warriors’ advantage.
Warriors’ Charlie Jeavons-Fellows was shown a yellow card with less than 10 minutes remaining, but that didn’t hinder the hosts who sealed the win as a driving maul allowed Harrison to touch down for his second try of the afternoon.
Worcester Warriors: Leonard, Bartley, King, Lawrence, Fostier, Forrester, Hawkes, Owen, Harrison, Rigby, Weston, Scott, Fawcett, Jeavons-Fellows, Hill.
Replacements: Furnival, Baggs, Butler, Thorneywork, Williams, Dorey, Lester.
Saracens: Obatoyinbo, Bluck, Morris, Hallett, Annous, Vunipola, McCall, Hunter, Crean, Boye, Scopes, Kpoku, Furneaux, Reffell, Munday.
Replacements: Young, Pifeleti, Morgan, Sinclair, Oxlade, Elms, Noot, Jimoh-Ibrahim.
Tries: Hill, Lawrence 2, Scott, Harrison 2
Conversions: Forrester 3
Tries: Vunipola, Obatoyinbo, Young 2
Conversions: Vunipola 3