Five-try Saracens up to second

Date published: March 28 2015

Saracens climbed up to second position in the Premiership standings after an impressive 42-14 victory over Harlequins at Wembley on Saturday.

The crowd was the biggest ever attendance for a club rugby game, and the paying public were treated to a very good game of rugby. 

They got an early treat too, as Jack Clifford charged down a box kick inside the Sarries 22, before racing after the ball and touching down to give Quins the perfect start. Clifford looked delighted with the score, he even managed to score quicker than Harry Kane did at the same stadium on Friday. 

Though many said before the game that Harlequins no longer have much to play for, you wouldn't have known it, as they chased and harried a Saracens side that looked stunned by the opening five minutes. 

Sarries are an experienced side though, and they were quick to respond with a score of their own. A great team move, which started in their own half, ended with a try under the posts for Chris Wyles. 

To make matters worse for Harlequins, Ugo Monye was sent to the bin for holding onto the ball after being chased down by a rampant Saracens attack. Charlie Hodgson gleefully knocked over the penalty, but Nick Evans struck back soon after to put his side just two points behind.

Chris Ashton then scored a sensational try. The winger kicked the ball in behind Quins' defence, and raced past all defenders to win the foot race and touch down. 

Conor O'Shea will have been very frustrated with what happened before half-time, as his side went from a couple of points behind to looking beaten after some poor discipline. Saracens were given kick after kick at the Harlequins posts, and found themselves 21-8 up with half time approaching. 

Evans got a kick over five minutes into the second period, with put Harlequins back in touch. 

In the opening ten minutes of the second half Saracens only had one attack, though they only need one chance. A nice move was capped off with Ashton charging over in the corner to all but settle the game. 

Quins kicked another penalty through Evans, but it looked like it was too little to late as the hour mark approached. 

Rubbing salt into Quins' wounds were Wyles and Billy Vunipola, who both crossed late on to rack up a big Saracens win over their London rivals as they climb to second.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Wyles 2, Ashton 2, B Vunipola
Con: Hodgson, Goode 3
Pen: Hodgson, Goode 2

For Harlequins:
Try: Clifford
Pen: Evans

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Chris Wyles, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c), 4 George Kruis, 3 James Johnston, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Catalin Fercu.

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Jack Clifford, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Joe Marler (c).
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Netani Talei, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Charlie Walker.

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Roger Bayliff
TMO: Geoff Warren