Oct 29, 2016
Sarries Run In Three Tries To Overcome Tigers
Saracens ran in three tries to beat Leicester Tigers 24-10 at Allianz Park in round seven of the Aviva Premiership.
First-half tries from Chris Wyles and Sean Maitland and a second half score from Billy Vunipola was enough to see off the Tigers who rallied in the second half with a try from replacement back George Catchpole.
Sarries will remain at the top of the Aviva Premiership heading into the Anglo-Welsh Cup break and they were at their powerful best in a strong first half showing as they ran in three tries to one to defeat the Tigers who still haven’t registered a win at Saracens Barnet home.
Leading from the front was Man of the Match Mike Rhodes, who was packing down in the uncustomary position of lock forward due to injuries to George Kruis and Maro Itoje and the retirement of Alistair Hargreaves earlier this season. Rhodes was superb in an abrasive performance in the loose and strong showing at the set-piece and his second row partner Jim Hamilton was equally impressive against his former club with both players earning praise from director of rugby Mark McCall during his post-match briefing.
Sarries raced into a seven nil lead with Chris Wyles crossing for the games first score. Farrell converted from out wide and after his opposite number Owen Williams sent over a penalty goal the in-form Sarries No10 landed a three pointer of his own to restore his side’s seven point cushion.
The home side doubled their try tally with Sean Maitland finishing off a sweeping team move after Alex Goode scythed through the Tigers cover on 24 minutes to feed the Scotland wing who finished with aplomb in the right hand corner. Farrell sent over the touchline conversion.
After the break Saracens extended their lead with a Billy Vunipola push over try, and killed off any chance of a Tigers comeback.
In the later stages of the game prop forward Mako Vunipola was yellow carded for taking out Leicester replacement Freddie Burns off the ball and the visitors rallied. It was Burns who play a leading role in the Tigers solitary try of the game when he dummied the onrushing Sarries defenders and raced 40m up-field. Leicester recycled the ball and replacement George Catchpole squeezed over in the corner for well-taken try.
The Tigers were in the ascendency and it took some committed defending from the 14-men Sarries in the dying embers of the game to keep the Tigers to one score.
Final Score: Saracens 24 Leicester Tigers 10
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Spencer, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Juan Figallo, 4 Michael Rhodes, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Jackson Wray, 7 Schalk Burger, 8 Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Mark Flanagan, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Marcelo Bosch:
Replacements used Brits for George (51); Barrington for Burger (71-75); Barrington for M.Vunipola (75); Du Plessis for Figallo(62); Flannagan for Hamilton (79); Brown for Rhodes(62); Wigglesworth for Spencer(53); Lozowski for Farrell(75); Bosch for Tomkins(60):
Tries Wyles (8); Maitland (24); B.Vunipola (44).
Cons Farrell x 3:
Penalties Farrell x 1/2:
Yellow card M.Vunipola (63).
Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 3 Dan Cole, 4 Ed Slater, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Mike Fitzgerald, 7 Brendon O'Connor,8 Lachlan McCaffrey:
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Luke Hamilton, 20 Will Evans, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 George Catchpole.
Replacements used McGuigan for T.Youngs (60); Genge for Ayerza (20); Munipola for Cole (60); L.Hamilton for O'Connor (71); Evans for Slater (65); Harrison for B.Youngs (53); Burns for Roberts (57), Catchpole for Pietersen (64).
Try Catchpole (67):
Scoring sequence 7-0; 7-3; 10-3; 17-3; 24-3; 24-10.
Man of the Match Michael Rhodes