Saracens got their campaign off to a fine start when they beat Worcester Warriors 35-3 in Saturday’s opening London Double Header clash at Twickenham.
The first half was one for the purists, with both sides wearing each other down at the scrum and creating few chances in open play.
Two Alex Lozowski penalties and a single kick from Ryan Lamb were the only scores of the half that saw Saracens take a 6-3 lead.
In the second half, Saracens were utterly dominant. They scored four tries through George, Lozowski, Burger and Spencer, with Worcester failing to register a score in the second 40.
After a series of early scrum penalties, it was Saracens who took the lead through a Lozowski penalty. But, Worcester were level just before the half hour mark when Ryan Lamb kicked a penalty of his own.
The teams continued to trade penalties, and Lozowski added another three points on 40 minutes to give Mark McCall’s men a three point lead going into half time.
At the start of the second half, Lozowski continued to add to his total with another penalty. Jamie George grabbed the first try of the game shortly after.
A powerful driving maul made it easy for the Saracens and England hooker to simply fall over the line. The second was quick to follow. As Saracens began to click into gear, debutant Lozowski added to his tally from the boot with his first try for his new club.
Things went from bad to worse for the Warriors when replacement tight head James Johnston was shown yellow for a high tackle. And Saracens didn’t let up.
Their third try came immediately after the sin binning, with another debutant Schalk Burger powering over from close range. The champions secured the bonus point wth two minutes to go courtesy of a remarkable individual score from Ben Spencer.
The replacement scrum half stepped three Worcester players before dotting down..
Tries: George, Lozowski, Burger, Spencer
Cons: Lozowski 3
Pens: Lozowski 3
For Worcester Warriors:
Yellow Card: Johnston
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Michael Rhodes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Mike Ellery
Worcester Warriors: 15 Jackson Willison, 14 Dean Hammond, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 GJ van Velze (c), 7 Marco Mama, 6 Phil Dowson, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Perry Humphreys
Referee: Matt Carley
Assistant Referees: Simon McConnell, Rger Bailef
TMO: Graham Hughes