Mar 24, 2018
Sarries claim 24-11 win over Quins at London Stadium
In front of a crowd of over 55,000 first half tries from Liam Williams and man of the match Maro Itoje gave Saracens the edge over Harlequins as they overcame their London rivals 24-11 at London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Saracens, clad in their special edition kit for the day, started their first outing at London Stadium brightly, showing energy and intent from the first whistle.
Presented with an early shot at goal when Quins were penalised in their 22 Lozowski got the home side off the mark with in three minutes. It was a positive start for Saracens and it wasn’t long before the home side extended their lead over their London rivals with their first try of the afternoon. Back from international duty with Scotland after the Six Nations Sean Maitland was the architect of the attack breaking away in midfield and darting around the Quins defence before quicks hands between Marcelo Bosch and Alex Goode set up Liam Williams who finished the move by dotting down in the corner. Lozowski converted to give Saracens a ten point lead within the first ten minutes.
Quins had their opportunities as the half wore on but some clinical defence from Saracens meant the visitors struggled to make metres within the Sarries’ 22. Two penalty kicks from Demetri Catrakilis brought the South Londoners back in to the game though, closing the gap to 10-6.
Saracens looked dynamic with the ball in attack though and were rewarded for their efforts on the half hour mark when man of the match Maro Itoje broke clear of his tackler and powered towards the line for Saracens’ second of the afternoon. The next ten minutes before the break were all about the boys in blue as Saracens dominated possession in search of another score. A powerful carry from Jackson Wray took Sarries into their Quins 22 and when the visitors were penalised Saracens opted to go for the corner, much to the approval of the London Stadium crowd. From the lineout Saracens put the pressure on, advancing towards the whitewash only for Harlequins to hold them at bay metres from the line. A penalty kick from Alex Lozowski on the stroke of half time added an extra three points, giving Saracens an 18-6 lead at the break.
While the end of the first half was all about Saracens the start of the second had Quins written all over it. The visitors came out after the break with attacking intent, enjoying possession and territory early on before James Horwill added their first try of the afternoon just past the 50 minute mark.
The remainder of the half was a tight affair as both sides struggled to maintain control of the game for any extended period and stoppages disrupted the flow of play. Alex Lozowski added a penalty to Sarries’ tally on 54 minutes but those three points aside the score line remained fixed at 21-11 until the 78th minute when Lozowski added another three points from the tee to close out a 24-11 win for Saracens.
15 Alex Goode; 14 Liam Williams; 13 Marcelo Bosch; 12 Brad Barritt( Malin 64');11 Sean Maitland; 10 Alex Lozowski; 9 Richard Wigglesworth( Spencer 57'); 1 Richard Barrington(M.Vunipola 48'); 2 Jamie George(Brits 48'); 3 Juan Figallo( Lamositele 48');4 Maro Itoje; 5 Dominic Day( Cowan 53'); 6 Nick Isiekwe;7 Schalk Burger( Earl 69'); 8 Jackson Wray
Replacements 16 Schalk Brits; 17 Mako Vunipola; 18 Titi Lamositele; 19 Ben Earl; 20 Blair Cowan;
21 Ben Spencer; 22 Max Malins; 23 Chris Wyles:
Scores Tries Williams(9'); Itoje(31');
Conversions Lozowski 1/2
Penalties Lozowski 4/4
Yellow card Malin 70'.
- Mike Brown; 14. Alofa Alofa; 13. Joe Marchant; 12. Jamie Roberts(Saili 48'); 11. Tim Visser; 10. Demetri Catrakilis( Smith 30'); 9. Danny Care; 1. Mark Lambert( Marler 48'); 2. Joe Gray( Ward 77'). 3. Kyle Sinckler( Collier 76');4. Charlie Mathews( Luamanu 53'); 5. James Horwill (Captain,) 6. Chris Robshaw; 7. Luke Wallace( Clifford 48');8. James Chisholm;
- Dave Ward; 17. Joe Marler; 18. Will Collier; 19. Mat Luamanu;20. Jack Clifford; 21. Dave Lewis; 22. Marcus Smith; 23. Francis Saili:
Scores Tries Horwill (51'):
Penalties Catrakilis 2/2;
Man of the Match Maro Itoje