Dec 22, 2015
Sarries' Perfect Ten
The 2015/2016 season has started in dream fashion for Saracens who end 2015 with ten wins from their opening ten games. Here we look back on those ten victories:
Saracens v Sale | 17th October 2015 | Allianz Park | 41 – 3
Saracen stormed to a 41 – 3 bonus point win over Sale Sharks as they begin their defence of the Aviva Premiership in style. Tries from new-signing Mike Rhodes, Mike Ellery, Tim Streather and Will Fraser helped seal Sale’s fate.
Gloucester Rugby v Saracens | 23rd October | Kingsholm | 15 – 17
Saracens maintained their 100% start to their Aviva Premiership title defence with a hard-fought 17-15 win away to Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm. A Mike Ellery try, plus four penalties (one from Charlie Hodgson and three from Owen Farrell) edged the Cherry & Whites in the West Country.
Saracens v London Irish | 31st October | Allianz Park | 24 – 12
Since Saracens move to Allianz Park, London Irish are only one of three sides to have come to north London in the Aviva Premiership and come away with a win back in 2013, but despite Irish’s best efforts, tries from Jackson Wray and Alex Goode plus ten points from Owen Farrell were enough to help Saracens recover from 7-3 down to record a hard fought win.
Northampton Saints v Saracens | Franklin’s Gardens | 6 – 12
It was a repeat of May’s Aviva Premiership semi-final and much like the two side’s previous encounter the match-up once again proved to be a war of attrition. Four penalties from Owen Farrell frustrated the Saints in a powerful and disciplined performance from the north Londoners enabling Saracens to pick up a fine 12-6 win.
Saracens v Toulouse | 14th November | Allianz Park | 32 – 7
Two Chris Wyles tries and mercurial performance from outside half Owen Farrell saw Saracens beat Toulouse 32-7 in round one of the European Champions Cup at Allianz Park. On an emotional evening, Saracens and Stade Toulousain would join each other in paying tribute to the loss of life in the shocking Paris attacks that Friday evening. Both teams observed an impeccable minute silence before La Marseilles rung around north London in a moment of poignancy and reflection. On the night, Chris Wyles continued his fine European form to cross for two well-taken scores after Mako Vunipola opened the scoring for the Men in Black. Owen Farrell would finish the game with a personal tally of 17 points and was a constant thorn in the Toulouse side all evening.
Ulster v Saracens | 20th November | Kingspan Stadium | 9 – 27
Saracens produced a stunning display to come from behind to beat Ulster Rugby 27-9 at the Kingspan Stadium, and in the process pick up a try scoring bonus point in Pool 1 of the Champions Cup. Trailing 9-5 at half-time, Mark McCall’s side scored two quick fire second half tries to end a tough and uncompromising contest that saw three yellow cards. An early try from Chris Wyles began the comeback after two penalty goals and a drop goal from Paddy Jackson put Ulster in a commanding 9-0 lead. Scores from Alex Goode, Duncan Taylor and a late try from Billy Vunipola then sealed a famous win for the north Londoners.
Saracens v Worcester Warriors | 28th November | Twickenham Stadium | 48 – 18
Saracens scored six tries as they brushed Worcester aside in what was Ernst Joubert’s final game for the Club. Scores from Chris Ashton, Ben Spencer, Jackson Wray, Schalk Brits and Ben Ransom cemented Saracens dominance in the Premiership while Charlie Hodgson’s points from the tee took his all-time Aviva Premiership points tally to 2,500.
Newcastle Falcons v Saracens | 6th December | Kingston Park | 3 – 38
A late Billy Vunipola try plus 21-points from Charlie Hodgson saw Saracens extend their unbeaten run with a four try 38-3 win away to Newcastle Falcons in round six of the Aviva Premiership. Tries from Samu Vunisa, Nick Tompkins, plus a last minute intercept score from Charlie Hodgson and it looked like that was that for Sarries, until Billy Vunipola powered over for an 80th minute bonus point try after a stunning Ben Ransom break.
Oyonnax v Saracens | 13th December | Stade Charles Mathon | 10 – 45
Saracens took control of Pool 1 of the European Champions Cup, running in five tries to defeat US Oyonnax 45-10 at the Stade Charles Mathon. In a dominant European display where Saracens showcased their attacking prowess, tries from Alex Goode, Chris Wyles, Maro Itoje, Richard Wigglesworth, Schalk Brits, plus a first half penalty try gave Sarries their ninth win of the season. Sarries were in no mood to offer their opponents any mercy, with Mark McCall’s side at their ruthless and relentless best at the Stade Charles Mathon, picking up a try scoring bonus point in a dominant display.
Saracens v Oyonnax | 19th December | Allianz Park | 55 – 13
Saracens ran in eight tries in an exhilarating display of attacking rugby, to record their tenth win of win of the season after beating Oyonnax 55-13 at Allianz Park in round four of the Champions Cup. Man of the Match Chris Ashton crossed for a hat-trick of tries, with Samu Vunisa crossing for a brace of scores in a strong showing from the summer signing. Further scores from Alex Goode Mike Ellery and Jamie George sealed Oyonnax’s fate.