Saracens rip apart hopeless Quins

Date published: September 12 2014

Harlequins were nilled at home in a thrashing by Saracens, their heaviest loss in over four years, as they lost 0-39 at The Stoop.

Harlequins were nilled at home in a thrashing by Saracens, their heaviest loss in over four years, as they lost 0-39 at The Stoop.

Sarries dominated the first half against an erratic Quins' outfit as Charlie Hodgson scored a try, conversion and three penalties in an excellent individual performance.

Hodgson added a pair of three-pointers in the second period and Alex Goode also kicked one from the tee to effectively secure the win before Chris Ashton and Will Fraser touchdowns rubber stamped the victory.

Neither of these top-four contenders were particularly convincing in their opening game, with the hosts overcoming London Irish 20-15 and the visitors defeating Wasps 34-28.

But Mark McCall's men were far sharper in the opening half and they deservedly went into a 3-0 lead via the boot of Hodgson.

Duncan Taylor then had an excellent chance to extend that advantage when a superb move saw the centre sprint towards the line, but a last-gasp Mike Brown tackle knocked the ball out of his hand.

It didn't have too much of a detrimental effect on Sarries as they won a penalty from the ensuing scrum and their stand-off kicked the resultant opportunity.

The away side eventually got the reward their control and poise deserved when Hodgson, as he has done a few times for England, charged down a clearing kick to go over unopposed.

Quins appeared to be panicking and another mistake led to a further Saracens' chance which the pivot duly took to give them a 16-0 half-time lead.

Conor O'Shea's men were handed a boost early in the second period when Hodgson was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, but they failed to take advantage.

Instead, full-back Goode, taking over kicking duties while their fly-half was off the field, moved Saracens 19 points clear from the tee.

A further two three-pointers from Hodgson effectively took the visitors out of sight before Chris Ashton added to the embarrassment by crossing the whitewash.

Fraser then went over following a dominant driving maul as Harlequins crumbled to a humiliating defeat.

The scorers:

For Harlequins:
Yellow Card: Buchanan

For Saracens:
Tries: Hodgson, Ashton, Fraser
Cons: Hodgson, Farrell 2
Pens: Hodgson 5, Goode
Yellow Cards: Hodgson, Hargreaves

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Luke Wallace, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler (c).
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 George Merrick, 20 Jack Clifford, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Charlie Walker.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglewsorth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 George Kruis, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Jamie George, 1 Richard Barrington.
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Chris Wyles.

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Ashley Rowden
TMO: David Grashoff