Feb 16, 2013
Saracens 31 Exeter 11
Saracens were bonus-point winners in the first Premiership match at their new Allianz Park home with a 31-11 victory against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Charlie Hodgson crossed for a first half time as the home side led 7-3 at the break but three second half tries, two from Mako Vunipola and one from Matt Stevens, saw Sarries to victory in front of a sold out crowd on a historic day at Allianz Park.
Both kickers struggled to find their range early in the match but Gareth Steenson gave the Chiefs the lead before Sarries crossed for their first of the match when Hodgson cut inside the cover defence to score and add the conversion.
Hodgson made it two successive kicks shortly after the interval with his first penalty, before converting Saracens' second try.
Good work from man-of-the-match Vunipola enabled the home side to pinch a turnover and his pack then took control, rumbling upfield until Stevens crashed over from short range.
It was then Vunipola's turn to cross after James Short had forged a path close to the line and when Hodgson added the extras, it was gave the home side breathing space to go in search of the bonus point score.
Good hands from Tomkins and David Strettle allowed Vunipola to cross for his second in the 70th minute to grab the fourth of the game, before flanker Richard Baxter slipped over with the help of an obstruction from a team-mate in the last meaningful act of the match.