Dec 28, 2015
Storm edge thriller away to Wasps A
Saracens Storm continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling six try 42-36 win away to Wasps A at Maidenhead RFC.
A brace of tries from centre Nick Tompkins, plus scores from wing Nathan Earle, prop forward and Titi Lamositele and two penalty tries was enough for Kevin Sorrell’s side.
Despite a strong start from the Storm it was the hosts who would draw first blood, when Wasps center Brendan Macken intercepted on halfway and raced away to score under the posts.
Despite the early set-back Saracens continued to look the stronger side, and it wasn’t long until Nick Tompkins crossed for his side’s first try, with the England U20s centre scampering through the Wasps defence to score. Skipper Nils Mordt converted.
With Australian prop forward Kieran Longbottom (who was making a welcomed return to action after a lengthy injury lay-off) named alongside Rhys Gill in the Saracens pack, the Storm set-piece was strong throughout and it was the scrum that forced a penalty try to give Sarries the lead.
Wasps responded with two quick fire scores of their own, with wing Josh Bassett and lock forward James Cannon crossing for two quick-fire scores to give the hosts a 21-14 lead.
Again though, Saracens refused to hit the panic button and it was the strength of their set-piece that yielded their response when the Storm were awarded a second penalty try of the evening after a Wasps scrum crumpled 5 metres from their own try line. Mordt converted to level the game up at 21-21 at half-time.
Sarries were the first to strike after the break, when Nathan Earle collected an inside pass from Nils Mordt to score. Again, Mordt made no mistake with the conversion.
Saracens made a raft of changes at the break, and it was a replacement who would score next when Titi Lamositele powered over to score.
Connor Eastgate responded for Wasps to reduce Sarries lead to four points, but centre Nick Tompkins responded with his second try of the evening to make the scores 42-31.
Wasps crossed for a late try from scrumhalf James Stevenson but the Storm held on, to record another fine win in their A League title defence.
Saracens Storm: 15 Ben Ransom; 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Tom Griffiths, 11 Nathan Earle; 10 Nils Mordt ©, 9 Tom Whiteley; 1 Rhys Gill, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 4 Jack Tredrea, 5 Kennett O'Neill; 6 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 7 Ben Earl, 8 Samuel Vunisa.
Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Ralph Adams-Hale, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Danny Cutmore, 20 Jack Nay, 21 Henry Taylor, 22 Baden Kerr, 23 Aaron Morris.
Tries: Nick Tompkins x2, PENALTY x2, Nathan Earle, Titi Lamositele
Conversions: Nils Mordt 6/6