Dec 20, 2014
Saracens 78 London Welsh 7
Saracens ran-in eleven tries in a stunning Premiership performance, as they beat London Welsh 78-7 at Allianz Park.
Mako Vunipola (x2), Brett Sharman, George Kruis, Chris Ashton, Jackson Wray, Ben Ransom, plus a second half hat-trick from replacement scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth did the damage, as Saracens ran riot against the Premiership’s basement dwellers.
The first half saw Saracens run in five tries, as they proved far too powerful and precise for the Oxford based side.
With half-back Neil de Kock receiving ball on a proverbial silver platter the experienced South African number nine wreaked havoc for the London Welsh defence as he continued to drag his forwards around the corner to punch holes in the Exiles line.
Sarries had front-foot ball for the entirety of the half, and after London Welsh winger Seb Stegmann clumsily upended his opposite wing Chris Wyles in the air, the home side kicked for touch from the resulting penalty. Saracens set up the catch and drive and as the eight man effort rolled on towards the Exiles line, Mako Vunipola burrowed his way over for the games first try. Farrell made no mistake with the conversion.
After ten minutes Owen Farrell sent over a penalty after a London Welsh scrum was penalised for an illegal bind.
Saracens then crossed for their second of the afternoon when Brett Sharman shunted his way over, to score in what was his first Premiership start for the club. Farrell made no mistake with the conversion.
Minutes later, George Kruis powered his way over next to the London Welsh posts to score the north Londoners third, as the Exiles side looked helpless to stem the Sarries tide.
Mako Vunipola then crossed for his second of the game, in similar fashion to his first effort, to secure the try-scoring bonus point.
Chris Ashton raced onto an Owen Farrell pass to score Saracens’ fifth of the first half. Welsh scored a runaway effort through Elliot Kear to make the scores at half-time 38-7 to the hosts.
After the break Saracens continued from where they left off in the first half, as they ran in six tries as London Welsh folded under the Sarries pressure. Jackson Wray blasted his way over from a driving maul in the week he became a father for the first time to opening the second half scoring.
The tries continued to rain down on Justin Burnell’s men, with replacement prop Richard Barrington diving over to score. Replacement scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth then crossed for Saracens on the back of a superb break from full back Ben Ransom.
The Saracens full back was next to score minutes later after he scythed through the Exiles defensive line to score. Richard Wigglesworth then crossed for his second after some superb footwork from Owen Farrell on the right wing in the build-up, and moments later the England half-back would cross for his hat-trick backing up another Saracens line break.