Dec 24, 2017
Sarries Show Steel To Topple Tigers
Saracens produced a brilliant performance to beat Leicester Tigers 17-29 and rise to second place in the Aviva Premiership.
Owen Farrell got the ball rolling for Sarries before Jonny May’s deliberate knock-on resulted in a penalty-try and yellow-card for the England winger. Jamie George took the Men in Black further into a lead with a great try from the ’22 line before Matthew Tait scored for Tigers.
In the second-half Sarries showed their steel to keep Leicester at arm’s length with a series of kick’s from Farrell that secured a well-earned win.
The win sees the visitors rise to second in the Premiership table, moving above Wasps and Gloucester and now sit five-points clear of Bath in fifth.
Sarries took an early lead with a penalty from Farrell in the sixth minute of the game. The lead was extended just four minutes later as May was adjudged to have deliberately knocked-on, resulting in a penalty-try and a yellow card for the winger.
Farrell brought the Men in Black into a ten-point lead with the conversion from out-wide as the away side stamped their mark on the game.
The lead was extended further in the 25th minute when George spotted a gap in the Tigers defence and picked a great line to power in under the posts and score a great try. Farrell scored a routine conversion to open up a 17-point lead.
Leicester cut the lead to ten points with a try in the 28th minute, Adam Thompstone powered towards the corner before being taken down but his offload was fantastic and found Tait who scored in the corner before Ford converted.
Ford added a further penalty in the 34th minute to make the score at the interval a deserved 10-17 lead for Saracens. The second-half started with Leicester being penalised for a high-tackle and Farrell capitalised with a penalty to restore Sarries’ 10-point advantage.
Farrell scored a drop-goal in the 50th minute as Sarries pushed on before Tigers mounted a sustained spell of pressure which was rewarded with a try in the 58th minute to make the score 17-23 after Ford’s conversion.
The Saracens fly-half added two further kicks to add gloss to an already impressive scoreline as the visitors ran-out 17-29 winners at Welford Road to end a run of defeats.
15 Alex Goode; 14 Sean Maitland; 13 Marcelo Bosch; 12 Alex Lozowski (Barrington, 72); 11 Chris Wyles; 10 Owen Farrell; 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Mako Vunipola; 2 Jamie George (Tolofua 68'); 3 Juan Figallo (Koch 59'); 4 Will Skelton (Burger (59'); 5 George Kruis; 6 Nick Isiekwe; 7 Calum Clark (Burger 11-19) (Rhodes 61'); 8 Jackson Wray.
Replacements 16 Christopher Tolofua; 17 Richard Barrington; 18 Vincent Koch; 19 Michael Rhodes; 20 Schalk Burger; 21 Tom Whiteley; 22 Nick Tompkins; 23 Nathan Earle.
Scores Tries George(26'); Penalty try;
Conversions Farrell 1/1
Penalties Farrell 4/4 + 1 D/G
Yellow card M.Vunipola (73')
15 Mathew Tait (Malouf 63'); 14 Adam Thompstone; 13 Manu Tuilagi; 12 Matt Toomua; 11 Jonny May; 10 George Ford; 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Logovi’i Mulipola; 2 Tom Youngs (c) (Polota- Nau 61'); 3 Dan Cole; 4 Mike Fitzgerald;5 Graham Kitchener (Wells 63'); 6 Valentino Mapapalangi; 7 Mike Williams( Hamilton 63'); 8 Sione Kalamafoni.
Replacements 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau; 17 Kyle Traynor; 18 Chris Baumann; 19 Harry Wells; 20 Luke Hamilton; 21 Sam Harrison; 22 Joe Ford; 23 Nick Malouf.
Scores Tries Tait (29');
Conversions Ford 1/1
Penalties Ford x 1/1
Yellow card May (11')
Red card May (69')
Man of the Match Jackson Wray