Feb 03, 2013
Worcester 12 Saracens 22
Saracens booked a place in the semi-finals of the LV=Cup with a 22-12 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Ernst Joubert’s early try and 17 points from the boot of Ben Spencer gave the visitors the win that secures a place in the last four of the competition next month.
Sarries had a fantastic start to the game, crossing the line for the opening try with just three minutes on the clock.
After building possession and going through the phases in centre field, the patient build-up paid off as Ernst Joubert got the ball out wide and with Jack Wilson in space outside him, the No.8 dummied to pass but cut inside and had a clear run to the line. Ben Spencer converted.
More pressure minutes later ended with a Spencer penalty to increase the lead, but the home side then had much of the possession for the middle period of the half and they scored a try of their own.
Getting the ball in the centre of the pitch about 20 metres out from the Sarries line, the Warriors forwards set up a maul and powered their way over the line with Blair Cowan getting the final touchdown. Goode converted.
Goode then turned down a chance to level the scores, opting to kick for the corner instead of taking a simple three points, but not for the first time in the opening 40 minutes, the visitors defence with great intensity to clear the danger.
With the clock running down in the first half, Sarries started to get more of the ball and build pressure in the Warriors half and with the scrum competing well, they visitors pack won a penalty and Spencer kicked the three points to make it 13-7 at the break.
Sarries started well again in the second half, spending the opening 10 minutes, but they didn’t add to the score and when Worcester had their first attack of any real threat, they crossed the line. The home side built pressure after an initial break from Josh Drauniniu and several phases later, the wing was on hand to finish the move as he touched down Goode’s crossfield kick.
Goode missed the conversion and the chance to give the home side the lead and from the restart, Sarries were able to increase their lead as Spencer struck another penalty.
The heavy conditions on the saturated Sixways pitch didn’t do much for the flow of the game but with six minutes left on the clock, Spencer struck another penalty to increase the lead to seven points.
Spencer added another penalty with just two minutes left on the clock to secure the victory for the visitors