Apr 10, 2017
Storm book final four place in 8-try win
Saracens Storm ran in eight tries to beat Bristol United 48-5 at Allianz Park on Monday night and secure second-place in the 2016-17 ‘A’ League.
Jared Saunders scored early-on to hand Storm the initiative before Nick Tompkins added a brace to send the hosts into the break with a comfortable 17-0 lead.
As a youthful Bristol side tired in the second-half, Sarries ran rampant scoring five tries. Tom Lindsay scored the first straight from kick-off before BJ Edwards gave Bristol a glimmer of hope with a good score in the 47th minute.
However, as the game entered the final quarter the hosts stretched their legs with Mike Ellery, Tim Streather, Kelly Brown and Neil De Kock all running in tries to secure an emphatic bonus-point victory.
Elsewhere, Northampton Wanderers scored five-tries to beat Sale Jets 32-3 and secure 1st place in the Northern Conference. This means that Storm will travel to Northampton to face Wanderers in the semi-final.
With six minutes on the clock, a line-out from close range resulted in a rolling maul with Jared Saunders touching down from the back for the first try of the match. Jake Sharp’s conversion fell wide of the mark, making the early score 5-0.
In the 27th minute, Storm extended their lead. A fantastic offload from Henry Taylor sent Nick Tompkins through to score under the posts. Sharp’s conversion made the score 12-0.
Nick Tompkins scored the Men in Black’s third try of the evening in the 35th minute. The inside centre charged a kick down before he linked up brilliantly with Nathan Earle to evade the Bristol defence and score. Sharp’s conversion struck the upright to leave the half-time score 17-0 to the hosts.
The home side got the second-half off to a flyer as half-time substitute Tom Lindsay crashed over from close range to score in the corner. Sharp converted to make the score 24-0.
Bristol scored their first try in the 47th minute, BJ Edwards touched down in the corner to make the score 24-5 after the conversion was missed.
Mike Ellery scored Storm’s fifth try in the 55th minute, the winger latched onto a pass from Matt Gallagher to score in the corner and take the score to 31-5 after Sharp’s conversion from a tight angle.
Tim Streather scored a sixth in the 72nd minute, running onto Neil De Kock’s pass to score in the left-hand corner. Sharp’s conversion attempt was once again foiled by the upright, leaving the score 36-5.
With two minutes left to play, Kelly Brown raised the biggest cheer of the night as he ran clear from 30-metres out to touch down. Sharp added the conversion, taking the score up to 43-5.
In the dying embers of the game, De Kock added a try to his earlier assist before taking the conversion himself. He missed, but Storm had proved comfortable victors, taking the spoils with a comfortable 48-5 win.
Saracens Storm team to face Bristol United
15 Matt Gallagher; 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Dom Morris, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Jake Sharp (Bedford Blues), 9 Henry Taylor; 1 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Ziana Alexis (Ealing Trailfinders); 4 Mark Flanagan, 5 Fa’atiga Lemalu; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 8 Ben Earl.
16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Ralph Adams-Hale, 18 Charlie Hughes (Old Albanians), 19 Nick Isekewe, 20 Scott Spurling, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Tim Streather, 23 Ali Crossdale
Tries: Saunders, Tompkins (x2), Lindsay, Ellery, Streather, Brown, De Kock
Conversations: Sharp (4/8)
By Will Freeman