Dec 30, 2017
Six try Sarries Down Warriors
Saracens scored six tries as they beat in-form Worcester at Allianz Park to record back-to-back wins.
The first-half was a thrilling affair as both sides went in level at 17-17. Worcester scored the first try through Josh Adams before Sarries hit back with a great try from Spencer who continued his rich vein of form. Sean Maitland added a second for the hosts before Sam Lewis scored for Worcester to tie the scores at the break.
However, Sarries made a raft of changes ten minutes into the half and were rewarded with a flurry of tries. Jackson Wray scored a double to secure a try bonus-point before Nathan Earle put the cherry on-top of the cake with two good scores in the final ten-minutes.
David Denton and Jamie Shillcock helped Warriors to a losing bonus-point with late tries which mean that the final score was 46-31. The win means Saracens retain their hold on second place in the Premiership ahead of a trip to the Ricoh Arena to play Wasps next week.
Warriors opened the scoring through Adams in the sixth minute of the match. The 22-year-old showed great hands to finish in the corner, adding to two tries scored in Round 11 against London Irish. Chris Pennell converted to establish an early seven-point lead.
Ten minutes later, Sarries responded with a try of their own. A great attacking move brought the hosts within metres of the line before the ball was held up. It was worked back and Spencer was there for a trademark burst forward, from which he touched down.
Farrell converted to level the scores before Pennell missed for Worcester five minutes later to maintain the 7-7 scoreline.
The Men in Black scored their second try in the 28th minute, lovely play brought the hosts into the away side’s ’22 before the ball was worked superbly out wide for Maitland to touch down.
Farrell added the extras to make the score 14-7 before scoring a penalty in the 31st minute to extend his side’s lead to ten points. Pennell kicked a further penalty for Warriors before the break to make the score 17-10.
The away side added a try with the last action of the half, Lewis powered in after a dummy from Ryan Mills sent him clear. Pennell converted to make the half-time score a level 17-17.
In the 51st minute, Farrell scored his first penalty of the match from under the posts following good pressure from the Sarries attack to hand his side a three-point lead.
With 56 minutes played, Saracens kicked for the corner through Farrell and hit the mark. The resultant drive led by Jamie George brought the hosts within inches before the ball was recycled and Wray touched down. Farrell converted to make the score 27-17.
Wray added his second try of the match in the 62nd minute, another kick-and-drive yielded the score on this occasion as Saracens showed their persistence in attack once again. Farrell converted the bonus-point try to make the score 34-17.
Warriors hit back with their third try in the 65th minute, a scrum in the Sarries ’22 was worked well out-wide and they drove within inches of the line. The ball was quickly worked wide and Denton powered in round the corner. Pennell’s conversion made it 34-24.
Earle added a sixth for Saracens in the 74th minute, the winger had space out wide after Sarries moved the ball the width of the pitch and he crossed the whitewash. Farrell added a conversion to make the score 41-24.
This was before Earle scored again, this time strong running and a great move across the pitch earned Earle his brace as Sarries turned the screw.
Warriors secured a well-deserved bonus-point in the 80th minute, great patience was rewarded as Shillcock beat the last man to score in the corner before Pennell’s conversion made the final score 46-31.
15 Alex Goode; 14 Sean Maitland;13 Marcelo Bosch (Taylor 47' rep Lozowski 71'); 12 Brad Barritt ©; 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Owen Farrell; 9 Ben Spencer (Wigglesworth 45'); 1 Richard Barrington( M.Vunipola 45);2 Jamie George (Tolofua 64'); 3 Juan Figallo (Koch 45'); 4 Will Skelton;5 Nick Isiekwe (Mark Flanagan 75); 6 Michael Rhodes; 7 Schalk Burger (Clark 51'); 8 Jackson Wray.
20 Calum Clark; 21 Richard Wigglesworth; 22 Alex Lozowski; 23 Duncan Taylor.
15 Chris Pennell; 14 Bryce Heem (Humphreys 64'); 13 Jackson Willison; 12 Ryan Mills; 11 Josh Adams; 10 Sam Olver (Shillcock 58);9 Francois Hougaard (Dowsett 61'); 1 Ethan Waller (Bower 55'); 2 Jack Singleton (Haupt 64'); 3 Gareth Milasinovich (Kerrod 58'); 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C)(Phillips 55'); 5 Darren Barry; 6 David Denton; 7 Sam Lewis( Faosiliva 61'); 8 GJ van Velze.
21 Michael Dowsett; 22 Jamie Shillcock;23 Perry Humphreys.