Five-try win for Saracens

Date published: September 30 2016

Saracens bounced back from last week's loss at Harlequins to comfortably beat Bristol 39-0 with a try bonus-point at Ashton Gate on Friday.

A youthful half-back partnership of Ben Spencer and Alex Lozowski controlled the match, with the young fly-half carrying over twice as Saracens raced in to the lead.

Chris Wyles scored his side's third of the night, before Jamie George secured the try-scoring bonus point ten minutes from time, and George Kruis dotted down a fifth with the final play of the night.

Bristol were made to pay for their ill-discipline, and with Owen Farrell absent through injury, scrum-half Spencer assumed kicking duty and maintained a 100 per-cent record from the tee.

The opening score came after 13 minutes as Lozowski's dummy pass allowed him to break through a fractured Bristol backline and cross for his first try of the night.

The fly-half's five-point score was then doubled by scrum-half Spencer, as he slotted the conversion and followed up with a penalty ten minutes later.

As the first half petered out, Saracens registered another three points immediately after the break as Spencer slotted a long range penalty to make it 13-0 to the visitors.

Soon after Lozowski touched down for the second time after charging down Adrian Jarvis' attempted clearance, before showing immense pace to reach the ball before it trickled out the back of the goal area, and Spencer converted.

Saracens secured their third try on the hour mark as Burger collected a pass from Lozowski and found a great line through the Bristol defence, before finding USA international Wyles outside him to finish the move. With Spencer having been replaced, Lozowski added to his 10-point tally by slotting the conversion from out wide.

Former Saracens academy product Max Crumpton then picked up Bristol's first yellow card of the season as Mark McCall's men went in search of a bonus point try.

Sarries chose to go to the corner from the penalty, and the resulting maul allowed hooker George to cross the whitewash and secure their fourth try of the night. Despite an impressive night, Lozowski failed to slow the conversion.

Bristol continued to be pinned back, and after facing a number of scrums with a seven-man pack, Saracens eventually forced their way over for a fifth time as Kruis reached across the line. Lozowski added the extras to seal a 39-0 victory.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Lozowski 2, Wyles, George, Kruis
Cons: Spencer 2, Lozowski 2
Pens: Spencer 2

Bristol: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Ryan Edwards, 13 Jack Tovey, 12 Will Hurrell, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Jack Lam (c), 6 Jon Fisher, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 James Phillips, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ross McMillan, 1 Kyle Traynor
Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Gaston Cortes, 19 Joe Joyce, 20 Mitch Eadie, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Jack Wallace

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Matt Gallagher, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Petrus De Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Michael Rhodes, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 George Perkins

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Healy, Paul Burton
TMO: Stuart Terheege