Feb 29, 2016
Sarries Six Nations Round Up
England’s return to Twickenham last Saturday was a happy one as they defeated Ireland 21-10 to record their third consecutive win under Eddie Jones.
Seven Saracens featured in the match day squad with Maro Itoje earning his first start for England. It was an assured performance from Maro on his Twickenham debut, with the 21 year old topping England’s tackle count for game.
Yet, it was Saracens’ Billy Vunipola who grabbed the headlines as time and again he drove holes in the Irish defence, making more meters in the first half than the whole Irish team put together. Over all the bulldozing number 8 made nearly 100 meters at Twickenham on Saturday alongside 17 carries. It was a performance that wowed spectators and pundits alike and that was thoroughly deserving of the man of the match award, bestowed on Vunipola for the second time this championship.
England’s outing at Twickenham also featured another well rounded performance from Owen Farrell, who kicked 11 points from the tee, while Mako Vunipola performed well at the scrum off the bench and George Kruis put in another stellar performance at the lineout. Jamie George, introduced, as a late second half substitute was another Saracen who made a short, but positive, impact.
Earlier in the day Saracens centre Duncan Taylor was also in action as Scotland overcame Italy 36-20 in Rome. It was an strong performance for the Scottish side as they earnt their first win of the tournament, thanks in part to 21 points from the boot of Greig Laidlaw.
The Six Nations takes a break this weekend before England take on Wales at Twickenham next Saturday and Scotland face France at Murrayfield.