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Sarries keep the heat on Quins

01st October 2011 17:35

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Ben Moon Exeter

Saracens: Made it four wins out of five this season

Saracens kept the pressure on Harlequins at the top of the Aviva Premiership standing, after beating in-form Exeter 17-13 at Sandy Park.

An early Saracens try set the tone here, as the reigning champions followed up on their comprehensive win last week against the Leicester Tigers with another victory, to stay second in the table.

It was the away side who got off to the perfect start, and went over the try-line after just three minutes. Poor defending from the Chiefs, allowed outside centre Owen Farrell the space to dive over, with Charlie Hodgson adding the extras.

To their credit though, Exeter settled, and Ignacio Mieres kicked a penalty after ten minutes to put themselves back in it.

Both sides were now matching each other blow for blow, with the scoring at a premium for the rest of the half.

Owen Farrell did manage to add another three-pointer for Saracens before half time, Mieres responding with his own placed kick to leave it 10-6 at the interval, with very little between them.

Saracens stepped it up in the second period and added another try midway through the half as the pressure took its toll on Exeter - Charlie Hodgson the scorer, adding his own conversion to put his side out of reach.

Exeter did add an air of respectability to the scoreline late on with a last minute try from number eight Richard Baxter, converted by Mieres.

But it was too little too late for the Chiefs, as Saracens keep the heat firmly on table toppers Harlequins.

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Tries: Baxter
Cons: Mieres
Pens: Mieres 2

For Saracens:
Tries: Farrell, Hodgson
Cons: Hodgson 2
Pen: Farrell

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Nic Sestaret, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Tom Hayes (c), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Chris Whitehead, 1 Brett Sturgess.
Replacements: 16 Neil Clark, 17 Ben Moon, 18 John Andress, 19 James Phillips, 20 Ben White, 21 Kevin Barrett, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Bryan Rennie.

Saracens:15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Owen Farrell, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 James Short, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick, 3 Carlos Nieto, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 George Kruis, 20 Andy Saull, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Adam Powell, 23 Joe Maddock.

Referee: JP Doyle

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