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Saracens cruise into LV=Cup semi-finals

26th January 2014 16:53

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Saracens Ben Ransom centre is tackled by Newcastle

Try for Saracens: Ben Ransom

Saracens joined Bath in the qualifying for the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals with a round to play thanks to a 41-8 victory over Newcastle at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Saracens led 15-8 at the interval thanks to five penalties from scrum-half Ben Spencer while Newcastle wing Tom Catterick scored the only try of the first half.

But it was one-way traffic after the break.

Two tries from number eight Jackson Wray early in the second-half gave the hosts a comfortable lead before full-back Ben Ransom and replacement lock Tom Jubb (on his birthday) scored a try each in the last quarter to secure the bonus-point win and top spot in Pool 1.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Wray 2, Ransom, Jubb
Cons: Spencer 3
Pens: Spencer 5

For Newcastle:
Try: Catterick
Pen: J. Hodgson
Yellow card: Tomes

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Tim Streather, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Nils Mordt (c), 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Matt Hankin, 6 Nick de Jaeger, 5 Eoin Sheriff, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 James Johnston, 2 Jared Saunders, 1 Rhys Gill
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Maro Itoje, 21 Duncan Taylor, 22 Sam Stanley, 23 Charlie Kingsman

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Tom Catterick, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Alex Crockett, 11 Zach Kibirige, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Chris York (c), 7 Dan Temm, 6 Ben Morris, 5 Glen Young, 4 Sean Tomes, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Franck Montanella
Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Gary Strain, 18 Grant Shiells, 19 Will Witty, 20 Ollie Hodgson, 21 Andy Davies, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Tom Penny

Venue: Allianz Park
Referee: Greg Macdonald (England)
Assistant referees: Brian Ravenhill (England), Kelvin Stewart (England)
Timekeeper: John Burtenshaw (England)
Assessor: Brian Campsall (England), Clive Leeke (England)

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