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High-flying Sarries down Wasps

29th March 2014 16:46

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First try: Jackson Wray

Saracens retained top spot in the Premiership with a fine 32-20 bonus point win over London Wasps at Adams Park on Saturday.

The Wasps struggled to make an impact in the first half until the sin-binning of Mouritz Botha, when they scored a penalty and a try through Andy Goode and Jonah Holmes, but two tries either side of the yellow card from Jackson Wray and Jamie George, with an early penalty from Charlie Hodgson put Sarries 17-8 up at the break.

The hosts started the second half well, getting a try through Tom Howe, but two tries from Alex Goode and George put the tie to bed, before Carlo Festuccia scored a last-minute consolation try.

Saracens were first off the mark after three minutes from the boot of Charlie Hodgson when the Wasps were penalised for coming in at the side.

Saracens extended their lead after a good run from Brad Barritt, before Duncan Taylor offloaded to Wray who touched down, with Hodgson adding the extras.

The Wasps began to get more of a hold on the game after Botha was sent to the sin bin.

Goode kicked his first penalty after missing with his first two attempts before Holmes pounced on Ashton who lost his footing, to leave the hosts two behind.

Sarries put the return of Botha to good use as they powered over the line, with George left to touch down to give the visitors a nine-point lead at the break.

Wasps closed the gap after 48 minutes as Howe scored a debut try, but Goode was unable to add the extras.

Sarries responded well though and closed the gap five minutes later following some good footwork from Goode, with Farrell converting.

The visitors extended their lead minutes later as the Wasps were pinged for offside, with Farrell kicking successfully again to take a 14-point lead.

The hosts looked to have moved closer to a losing bonus point following an excellent break by Joe Simpson, but the TMO confirmed that Holmes was stopped just short, denying him his second try of the game. Saracens sealed their win with two minutes to play as George went over to secure the bonus point.

Wasps did manage to score a consolation try on the last play of the game through Festuccia, but it was too little, too late.

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Tries: Holmes, Howe, Festuccia
Con: Carlisle
Pen: Goode
Yellow card: Jones

For Saracens:
Tries: Wray, George 2, Goode
Cons: Hodgson 2, Farrell
Pens: Hodgson, Farrell
Yellow card: Botha

The teams:

Wasps: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Jonah Holmes, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Tom Howe, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Guy Thompson, 6 James Haskell, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Carlo Festuccia, 17 Ricky Reeves, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 James Cannon, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Charlie Hayter.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Marcelo Bosch.

Referee: Luke Pearce

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