Jan 26, 2014
Saracens down Falcons in four try win
Saracens ran in four tries against the Newcastle Falcons at Allianz Park to book their place in the LV=Cup semi-final.
Two tries from Jackson Wray, one from Ben Ransom and a try for birthday boy Tom Jubb was enough to see off the north-east side.
Ben Spencer was in imperious form with the boot, kicking 21 points, missing only one attempt.
The first half of the game was dominated by two reoccurring themes, referee’s Greg MacDonald’s whistle and the excellent place kicking of Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer.
The game began with Saracens camped out in the Falcons half. Sarries were strong in both the set-piece and in the loose and in truth, a youthful and much changed Falcons team struggled to match the home sides physicality. After Spencer had sent over two penalties, Falcons lock forward Sean Tomes was yellow carded after the away side conceded their umpteenth penalty in the first ten minutes.
Spencer duly dispatched another penalty kick before the Falcons, against the run of play scored the game’s first try. Winger Tom Catterick finishing well in the left hand corner after Saracens coughed up possession in their own half – outside half Joel Hodgson missed the conversion.
The Falcons No.10 atoned for his wayward conversion kicking a penalty in the 29th minute.
Before the end of the first half Spencer added another six points to give Saracens a 15-8 lead going into the break.
In the second half Saracens were much more clinical and the steadfast resistance offered from the Falcons in the first stanza that frustrated Saracens at times was quickly extinguished.
Jackson Wray crossed for two quick fire tries in the 47th and 52nd minute as Saracens bgan to race away with the game and end the contest.
With returning lock forward Hayden Smith, playing his first game since returning from gridiron, a nuisance at the lineout, and debutant Nick de Jager also impressing, the Saracens forwards laid the perfect platform for an exciting backline to wreak havoc.
In particlaur, centre pairing Nick Tompkins and Tim Streather were the main protagonists of the second half, with both players assisting in second half tries.
First it was Streather, who with a combination of nifty footwork and some explosive acceleration fed full-back Ben Ransom for his 64th minute try.
Then it was Tompkins who showed great strength and determination to wriggle out of the Falcons tacklers to feed replacement lock Tom Jubb, who crossed for Saracens fourth on his 21st birthday right on full-time.