Aug 25, 2017
Seven Try Saracens Roll in Final Preseason Game
Saracens 49-0 Timisoara Saracens
Emblazoned in their new white and green away kit, seven try Saracens ran free in their final preseason hit out at Allianz Park.
The total makes it 30 tries from three games, and the Men in Black will roll confidently into next week’s Premiership opener against Northampton.
Sean Maitland, Alex Goode, and the Saracens back line shined, as the faithful in the East Stand were treated to a perfect demonstration of exhibition gamesmanship.
Set pieces were crisp and the scrum was impressive, with few mistakes made across the board.
Right from the start, it was clear Saracens weren’t messing around. 12 internationals started against the western Romanians in a clear statement by Mark McCall that this team is as hungry as ever.
It took them five minutes to find a break, as Maitland calmly jogged in from an overlap down the right for the games first score.
In comfortable control and enjoying possession, a free-flowing passage worked its way to Schalk Brits who span over the line for the second.
Duncan Taylor was the next beneficiary, touching down on the back of an expertly collected high ball by Maitland. Two passes later it was 21-0.
A scrum, another overlap, a quick dummy, and Jackson Wray was the next man in.
There was time for one more before the half. Brits’ protestations over a held up try fell on deaf ears, though it mattered little, and the ensuing scrum soon led to another overlap and Maitland’s second.
A deliberate knock-on saw Timisoara’s Fanovai Tangiman given a yellow card to open a scrappier second half.
Yet even with 14 men it was the Romanians who came out more enthused, sustaining pressure for a good 15-minutes. A ball dropped over the line summed up their evening, receiving a chorus of sympathetic groans from the crowd.
20-minutes in to the half, Timisoara finally broke again. Scott Spurling found the gap and eased his way over.
Young prop Hayden Thompson-Stringer continued his excellent preseason form, adding the game’s final try with 10-minutes left on the clock.
Try scorers: Sean Maitland (x2), Schalk Brits, Duncan Taylor, Jackson Wray, Scott Spurling, Hayden Thompson-Stringer
Conversions: Alex Lozowski 6-6, Ben Spencer 1-1
Starters – Richard Barrington, Schalk Brits, Vincent Koch, Dominic Day, Nick Isiekwe, Joel Conlon, Schalk Burger, Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth, Alex Lozowski, Nathan Earle, Brad Barritt (c), Duncan Taylor, Sean Maitland, Alex Goode.
Replacements – Scott Spurling, Christopher Tolofua, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Juan Figallo, Mark Flanagan, Joel Kpoku, Ben Earl, Ben Spencer, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins, Marcelo Bosch, Mike Ellery, Rotimi Segun, Matt Gallagher.