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Five-try canter for Saracens

07th December 2013 15:26

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Saracens centre Chris Wyles became the club's record Heineken Cup try scorer in the simple 39-10 win over Zebre in Italy.

Three tries in the first half laid the platform as Saracens cruised to a comfortable victory over Zebre in Pool 3.

Sarries made the trip to Italy in tremendous form, and having edged out Sale a week earlier, while the Italian hosts had been stuck in a rut. And the game reflected the form book as the visitors dominated the contest from start to finish.

Saracens wasted little time in establishing an advantage. Charlie Hodgson booted over a penalty, before George Kruis went over for Hodgson to convert and put the visitors ten points up within the first 15 minutes.

Hodgson put his side further in front five minutes later with a second penalty, and when Ernst Joubert shimmied over following smooth play from the line-out, Sarries had a decent cushion.

Samuela Vunisa's sin-binning then prised open the door of opportunity a third time, and Chris Wyles lapped up the opportunity to score the try and become Sarries' all-time leading try scorer in the Heineken Cup.

Hodgson added the conversion to make it 0-25 at half-time, which was an accurate reflection of the visitors' dominance in attack and defence.

Zebre finally got off the mark early in the second half thanks to Gonzalo Garcia's penalty goal, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.

Normal service resumed just after the hour as Sarries crossed for a quickfire double of converted tries. Chris Ashton snapped up Marcelo Bosch's inside ball to secure the bonus point, and he grabbed his second seven minutes later, when he finished off a thrilling move through the backs, following good work from Alex Goode.

Zebre had the final say through Vunisa's breakaway try, converted by Luciano Orquera, but Sarries were worthy winners.

The scorers:

For Zebre:
Try: Vunisa
Con: Orquera
Pen: Garcia
Yellow Cards: Vunisa, Bergamasco

For Saracens:
Tries: Kruis, Joubert, Wyles, Ashton 2
Cons: Hodgson 3, Farrell
Pen: Hodgson
Yellow Card: Taylor

Zebre: 15 Gugliemo Palazzani, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Kameli Ratuvou, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Iannone, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Nicola Catiina, 6 Mauro Bergamasco, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 4 Quintin Geledenhuys, 3 Luciano Leibson, 2 Tommaso D'Apice, 1 Salvatore Perugini
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Michael van Vuren, 20 Emiliano Caffini, 21 Luciano Orquera, 22 Roberto Quartaroli, 23 Giulio Toniolatti

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Chris Wyles, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Billy Vunipola, 5 George Kruis, Steve Borthwick (c), 3 James Johnston, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Jared Saunders, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Eoin Sheriff, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Marcelo Bosch.

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
Assistant referees: Patrick Rechambert, Jean-Luc Rebodall (both France)
TMO: Daniel Irazoqui (France)

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