Aug 22, 2013
Pirates Plundered at the HAC
Saracens swept aside the Cornish Pirates in an impressive nine try display at the Honorary Artillery Company in the heart of London.
Saracens named a strong starting line-up to take on the Championship side in what was the clubs second preseason fixture as the side prepare for the rigours of the 2013/14 season, with new signings James Johnston and Billy Vunipola making their debut's for the club.
Saracens impressed right from the first whistle, as the Premiership side stamped their authority on the Pirates with a try from Ernst Joubert. Winger Chris Ashton was back to his imperious best, when the Wigan born flyer danced through the Pirates defence only to be hauled down - The Men in Black showed great patience and after three quick phases Joubert finished in the left hand corner.
Not long after Joubert's score, hooker Jamie George continued his fine preseason try scoring form with scoring from the back of a driving maul just right of the posts. The Pirates offered a brief response with a penalty of their own until the floodgates inevitably opened.
Ben Ransom was next to get in on the act, as the impressive full-back supported a bulldozing Billy Vunipola break to score. Tries from Chris Ashton (x 2) and George Kruis would complete the first half scoring as Saracens went into the break 42-3 up, with Charlie Hodgson boot in fine fettle, as the former England fly-half converted all tries scored in the first half.
Saracens took to field in the second half and started as they finished the first 40 with two quick fire tries from Taylor and the ever dangerous Ransom. The game became somewhat disjointed as both sides introduced their respective benches, but there was one more try to please the crowd as left wing replacement Jack Wilson finished expertly taking a clever inside ball from Nils Mordt to make the score 61-3.
15 Ben Ransom, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 1 Rhys Gill, 2 Jamie George, 3 Petrus du Plessis, 4 Steve Borthwick, 5 George Kruis, 6 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jacques Burger, 8 Ernst Joubert,
Replacements (All used)
Scott Spurling, Nick Auterac, James Johnston, Mouritz Botha, Alistair Hargreaves, Justin Melck, Jackson Wray, Matt Hankin, Ben Spencer, Nils Mordt, Michael Tagicakibau, Jack Wilson, Tim Streather