Saracens hammer London Welsh

Date published: December 20 2014

Saracens ran in eleven tries as they demolished London Welsh 78-7 at Allianz Park on Saturday in a result that takes them up to fourth in the Premiership standings.

London Welsh headed into the game in dreadful form, fearing the worst, while Sarries were looking to make it three wins in a row following back to back wins over Sale Sharks.

And sadly for the visitors, the contest followed the formbook as Sarries tore Welsh apart with a scintillating attacking performance.

Owen Farrell kicked ten goals from eleven attempts and also added a penalty, while eight different Saracens players crossed for tries.

Mako Vunipola crossed for his first try after just seven minutes. Farrell converted, before adding a penalty, and he was on target twice more before the 20-minutes mark as Brett Sharman and George Kruis crossed for further points.

Vunipola added his second just after the half-hour, before Chris Ashton sped over and, though London Welsh responded through Elliot Kear’s converted effort, it was already a case of damage limitation for the visitors.

But the points continued in the second half. Jackson Wray crossed on 50 minutes to pile on further misery for the visitors, and things only got worse, as five more tries in the final quarter of the game underlined Sarries’ overwhelming dominance.

Richard Barrington went over on the hour and Richard Wigglesworth crossed for 13-minute hat-trick in the period that followed, with Ben Ransom adding a score of his own to round off a hugely satisfying afternoon for Sarries.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Vunipola 2, Sharman, Kruis, Ashton, Wray, Barrington, Wigglesworth 3, Ransom
Con: Farrell 10
Pen: Farrell

For London Welsh:
Try: Kear
>Con: Robinson

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Neil De Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert (c) 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 George Kruis, 3 James Johnston, 2 Brett Sharman, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Nick Tompkins.

London Welsh: 15 Will Robinson, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Nic Reynolds, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 Elliot Kear, 10 Piri Weepu, 9 Rob Lewis, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Carl Kirwan (c), 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 James Down, 4 Peter Browne, 3 Taione Vea, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Rickey Reeves.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris, 17 Nathan Trevett, 18 Ben Cooper, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Ben Pienaar, 21 Paul Rowley, 22 Tom May, 23 Nick Scott.

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Roger Baileff, Simon McConnell
TMO: Keith Lewis