Dec 15, 2014
Storm sweep Wasps A aside in six try win
Saracens Storm continued their fine A League form this evening, as they ran in six tries in a convincing 43-17 win against Wasps A at Allianz Park.
Captain Maro Itoje led front the front once again, scoring two tries either side of half-time. Itoje was supported by Cumbrian flyer Mike Ellery, who also bagged a brace of tries, whilst winger George Perkins and replacement half-back Tom Whiteley also scored for the hosts, who stay at the top of the Premiership A League Southern Conference.
The match began with Wasps No.10 Glyn Hughes sending over a penalty goal after Saracens Storm were alleged to have had hands in the ruck. The Storm hit back with a penalty of their own, with Ben Spencer dissecting the posts after just three minutes of play before the hosts would score their first of the evening through Itoje.
After Wasps full-back Piers O’Conor spilled a towering Nils Mordt Garryowen, Saracens monstrous front-row of Richard Barrington, Jared Saunders and in particular, Biyi Alo (who was superb throughout his 74 minutes on the field) forced the Wasps A pack into a penalty. Saracens kicked for touch, set up the catch and drive and Itoje crossed – Spencer converted excellently from the touchline.
The Storm would cross again in the first half, when Ben Spencer scuttled down the blindside from a scrum to feed wing Mike Ellery, who showed great power and strength to finish in the corner. Spencer this time couldn’t convert.
Wasps A responded well and nearly scored through outside centre Ollie Evans, only to be expertly upended by No.8 Nick De Jager, in a superb cover tackle.
The visitors though would eventually cross, as Josh Bassett dived under the posts to score with just two minutes left in the half. Hughes made no mistake with the conversion.
Yet the Storm would have the final say in the half, when the flying Ellery raced onto a clever Nils Mordt chip kick to finish with aplomb once again in the right hand corner. Mordt (now kicking with Spencer being replaced after 30 minutes) converted superbly to give the Storm a 22-10 lead at the break.
After the break, it was the Storm who continued to dominate proceedings, with the Sarries tight-five in particular causing the Wasps A pack untold problems.
Much like the start to the first half, it would be Maro Itoje who would set his team on the right path as the England U20 star crossed for his sides fourth and his second of the evening at the back of a Storm rolling maul.
Wasps hit back with what could have been arguably been the try of the evening, as Bassett finished a free flowing, length of the field move. Hughes again converted to make the scores 29-17.
Saracens hit back through quicksilver winger George Perkins, before replacement half-back Tom Whiteley ducked and dived under some would-be Wasps A defenders to score the game’s final try.
Final score: Saracens Storm 43 Wasps A 17.
Saracens Storm; 15. Catalin Fercu; 14. Mike Ellery, 13. Tim Streather, 12. Thretton Palamo, 11. George Perkins; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Jared Saunders, 3. Biyi Alo, 4. Maro Itoje ©, 5. Hayden Smith, 6. Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 7. Matt Hankin, 8. Nick De Jager.
Replacements: 16. Josh Taylor, 17. Jack Culverhouse, 18. Billy Walker, 19. Jack Tredrea, 20. Don Barrell, 21. Tom Whiteley, 22. Max Malins, 23. Nick Tompkins.
Tries: Itoje x2, Ellery x 2, Perkins, Whiteley
Conversions: Spencer x 1, Mordt x4
Wasps A; 15. Piers O'Conor; 14. Tom Howe, 13. Ollie Evans, 12. George Eastwell, 11. Josh Bassett; 10. Glyn Hughes, 9. Tom Bliss; 1. Alex Lundberg, 2. George Edgson, 3. Phil Swainston, 4. Will Rowlands, 5. James Cannon, 6. Buster Lawrence, 7. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, 8. Ed Jackson.
Replacements; 16. Ian Browne, 17. Tom West, 18. Will Taylor, 19. Will Wilson, 20. Mike Dewar, 21. James Small-Edwards, 22. A. N. Other, 23. Shaquille Jack.
Tries: Bassett x 2
Conversions: Hughes x 2
Penalty: Hughes x1