Oct 03, 2015
Saracens record five try win at Bramley Road
Saracens ran-in five tries to beat Worcester Warriors 40-21 at Bramley Road, Southgate in a thoroughly entertaining afternoon of rugby at the clubs former home.
No8 Jackson Wray capped of a fine individual performance to score one of Saracens’ tries with other tries coming from Matt Hankin, Dave Porecki, Ben Earl and a Penalty Try.
With the club returning to the ground that they called home from 1939-1996, with former stars such as Richard Hill watching from the Bramley Road sideline’s there was a fervent atmosphere created by the fans packed in this Red and Black corner of Southgate.
In an entertaining first half Saracens ran in two tries to take an 18-9 lead into the break.
Despite their youth, the Saracens forwards were dominant up front, with Australian hooker Dave Porecki impressing in both the loose and particularly at the set-piece, with the 23-year old front rower faultless at the lineout.
Maro Itoje was his rumbustious self, appearing all over the field to influence proceedings in both deep and word with a series of bone crunching tackles. What was most encouraging was the sight of loose forward Will Fraser rampaging around the Bramley Road ground. The injury-plagued flanker was superb in his 60 minutes on the field – a superb sight for both Saracens management and fans alike.
Worcester started the game by clocking the first points in matter of seconds after kick-off. Saracens were penalised for holding on, and Warriors No10 Ryan Lamb edged his side in front with a routine penalty kick.
Saracens soon levelled with a penalty of their own – Ben Spencer making no mistake from in front of the Worcester posts.
Lamb added another three points after Sarries strayed offside in their own 22 before Saracens flanker Matt Hankin crossed for the games first try.
Saracens worked their first score beautifully with forwards and backs combining well, all orchestrated by halfbacks Ben Spencer and Baden Kerr. After mulitiple phases, Sarries worked the overlap and great hands from Nick Tompkins and Aaron Morris released Matt Hankin who waltzed into score. Spencer failed to convert from out wide.
Worcester hit back through a Lamb penalty to edge their way in front, but Sarries up front dominance would once again re-establish the ‘home’ sides lead after a powerful driving maul was illegally pulled down, Saracens were awarded a Penalty Try which Spencer converted.
On the stroke of halftime Spencer added a penalty, as Saracens enjoyed their half-time oranges on the pitch with an 18-9 lead.
After the break, Saracens were the quicker of the two teams to fly out of the traps, with Dave Porecki crossing for a deserved score after some fine work from Jackson Wray in the build-up – flyhalf Baden Kerr added the extras.
Minutes later, Ben Spencer slotted another three points as both teams began to introduce their benches with a raft of substitutes.
In a tit-for-tat final ten minutes that yielded four tries, it was the visitors who would score next with Sam Ripper-Smith crossing for the score. Saracens hit back though, replacement loose forward Ben Earl scoring at the base of a driving maul only for Worcester wing Josh Adams to score minutes later.
Saracens would fittingly have the last word, with Jackson Wray crossing for score in the 79th minute. Replacement halfback Tom Whiteley converted as the game finished with the score board reading: Saracens 40 Worcester Warriors 21.
Tries: Hankin, Penalty Try, Dave Porecki, Ben Earl Jackson Wray
Conversions: Ben Spencer (1/2), Baden Kerr (1/2), Tom Whiteley
Penalty: Ben Spencer (3/5)