Saracens - Storm continue fine start

Dec 01, 2015

Storm continue fine start

Saracens Storm recorded an impressive four-try 36-5 victory over London Irish A at Allianz Park, as they continued their unbeaten start to the Premiership A-League title defence.

After a hard-fought 25-20 win away to the Exeter Braves last Monday, Kevin Sorrell’s side continued their strong start to the A League campaign against the Exiles A in north London.

The Storm enjoyed a strong start to the game. Kiwi outside half Baden Kerr quickly established a 9-0 lead after three quick-fire penalties after just 15 minutes play.

Alongside boisterous scrumhalf Henry Taylor, Kerr enjoyed a strong opening to the game as he continued to play flat, inviting his support runners to bludgeon the London Irish A gain-line.

If Kerr and Taylor were exhibiting the brains of this Storm side, then the first try was showing the brawn. After Irish A lock Stephen Gardiner was yellow carded for a indiscretion at lineout, the Storm went for touch and scored from the catch and drive. Playing in the unaccustomed number one jersey for the first time, Hayden Thompson-Stringer was the beneficiary of some powerful Storm forward play. Kerr, who was in red-hot form from the tee, slotted a superb conversion from the side-line to give his side a 16-0 lead.

The Storm were in their groove. Backs and forwards interchanging with great effect, and Kevin Sorrell’s side’s second try of the night came off the back of some hard yards from young back rower Jack Nay, some fine decision making from skipper Nils Mordt and a sumptuous assist from Tim Streather.

After the impressive Nay burst through the Emerald defensive line, Sarries recycled the ball. Mordt drew the inside defenders to find Tim Streather who showed superb vision and dexterity to loop a superb pass over to Nathan Earle who ran in the score in the left hand corner. A fine team try. Kerr couldn’t convert, but the Storm were already in the ascendency in this period.

To their credit the Exiles A-team rallied and crossed for a try of their own when Adam Sinclair powered his way over to score, before the break.

Into the second half, Baden Kerr added another three points to extend his side’s lead before substitute halfback Tom Whiteley came off the bench to record his second try in as many A League games in the 2015/16 season. Kerr, again, added the extras.

Both side’s rotated their respective benches, which in truth, hampered the contest for a period of the second half.

Replacement prop Ralph Adams-Hale crossed for Storm’s fourth try as they saw out the contest to record a bonus point win at Allianz Park.

FT: Saracens Storm 36 London Irish A 5

Saracens Storm: 15 Catalin Fercu; 14 Matt Gallagher, 13 Tim Streather, 12 Nils Mordt ©, 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Baden Kerr, 9 Henry Taylor; 1 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Titi Lamositele, 4 Jack Tredrea, 5 Nick Isiekwe; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Jacques Burger, 8 Anthony Maka.

Replacements: 16 Tyrone Moran, 17 Ralph Adams-Hale, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Danny Cutmore, 20 Kennett O’Neill, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Dominic Morris, 23 Max Malins

Tries: Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Nathan Earle, Tom Whiteley, Ralph Adams-Hale
Conversions: Baden Kerr (2/4)
Penalties: Baden Kerr (4/4)

London Irish A: 15. Andrew Fenby; 14. Matt Williams; 13. Dom Waldouck; 12. Ross Neal; 11. Joe Cokanasiga; 10. Christian Lewis-Pratt; 9. Connor Murphy; 1. Johnny Harris; 2. Jimmy Stevens; 3. Geoff Cross; 4. Adam Sinclair; 5. Stephen Gardiner; 6. Luke Frost; 7. Conor Gilsenan; 8. Sentiki Nayoko

Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon; 17. Thomas Gregory; 18. Joe Tarrant; 19. Gavin Bilton; 20. Jarod Leat; 21. Connor Hayhow; 22. Tom Parton; 23. Rory Bran

Tries: Adam Sinclair

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