Feb 03, 2018
Sarries Secure Bonus-Point In Exeter Defeat
Saracens rounded off their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign with a bonus-point 43-20 defeat against Exeter at Sandy Park.
Exeter secured the four bonus-point tries they needed in an electrifying first-half from which they walked away with the odd try from seven, with the young visitors' scoring three through Tom Whiteley, Rotimi Segun and Max Malins.
Tries early in the second-half from Ollie Devoto and Tom O'Flaherty meant that Sarries found it difficult to gather any momentum in the second-half. However, they did secure a bonus-point try through Tom Lindsay before Exeter's final try in the 75th minute.
The bonus-point secured by Lindsay means that the Men in Black finish second ahead of Worcester and Scarlets in Pool 3 behind Northampton Saints.
The hosts scored the first try of the match after five minutes, Tom O'Flaherty was found in space on the left-hand side before going over in the corner for an early score to make the score 5-0 after Joe Simmonds' missed conversion.
Ollie Devoto scrambled over the line for the home side's second try after 14 minutes, this time it was converted by Simmonds. Moray Low secured Exeter's third try thre minutes later as the hosts established a foothold in the game, Simmonds' conversion made the score 19-0.
However, two minutes later Sarries struck back. Guest player from Ealing Trailfinders Daniel Temm stepped brilliantly through the line before playing in Tom Whiteley to score in the corner.
The hosts scored their bonus-point try through Jack Maunder in the 27th minute before Rotimi Segun produced a great finish to score the visitors' third try after great play from Matt Gallagher.
Max Malins scored the away side's third try on the stroke of half-time meaning that they would go into the interval with a deficit cut to 11-points.
After the break, Devoto and O'Flaherty completed their respective braces to put the home side in command of the game by the 50th minute with a score of 38-15.
Tom Whiteley nearly scored Saracens' fourth try after a great kick over the top was chased down by Whiteley himself, he won the race but the ball had trickled just over the dead ball line.
In the 71st minute, Saracens secured the losing bonus-point, Tom Lindsay threw into the line-out and Sarries drove towards the line, Lindsay found himself with the ball once again and scored Sarries' fourth bonus-point try.
Exeter scored a driving try of their own in the 75th minute to round off the scoring and make the final score 43-20.