3 - 25HT 3 - 13

Sixways
Att 7,517
Fri 29 Sep 17, 7:45pm

REPORT | Warriors 3-25 Saracens

Warriors went down to a 25-3 loss to European champions Saracens after a battling performance at Sixways.

The hosts produced their best performance of the season as they dominated the first-half – but they came up against an inspired Saracens defence.

The visitors opened the scoring after six minutes as Chris Wyles finished in the corner, before Alex Lozowski added five points with the boot.

Jamie Shillcock got Warriors off the mark after half an hour, before Lozowski added another three points to give Saracens a 13-3 lead at the break.

Warriors fought for a way back into the game in the second period but Alex Goode grabbed a second try for the visitors to effectively kill the game off.

Gary Gold’s men showed their desire by competing till the end, but Wyles put the game to bed four minutes before the finish after getting on the end of Owen Farrell’s crossfield kick.

Saracens started strongly and took the lead with the first try of the night after six minutes as Wyles finished in the corner following a prolonged spell of pressure from the visitors.

Lozowski added a penalty to give his side a 10-0 lead but Warriors soon found their way into the game as they launched a series of attacks.

The hosts pinned Saracens back on their own tryline as they searched for their first points of the evening – but the European champions were doing a good job of repelling them.

Warriors were proving more than a match for Saracens as the first-half wore on as they looked to move the ball across the backline.

And Gold’s men were eventually rewarded with their first points of the night as Shillcock struck a penalty from the ten-metre line.

The hosts continued to dominate for much of the opening period but were left frustrated as they couldn’t add any more points to the board as the sides turned around with Saracens 13-3 up.

The teams were evenly matched in the early stages of the second period, but Saracens went over for their second try of the night after 51 minutes as Goode found himself on the end of a good passing move.

Warriors were now being forced to defend for long periods as Saracens launched attack after attack. But they were holding firm as they looked to stay in the game.

The home side continued to battle and push their way forward when they did have possession – but the away defence was proving impregnable.

And as time ticked away Saracens added a third as Wyles touched down following good vision from Farrell.

Warriors | 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Perry Humphreys (Hammond 74), 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Jonny Arr (Kitto 56), 1 Ryan Bower (Waller 52), 2 Jack Singleton (Taufete’e 61), 3 Biyi Alo (Milasinovich 52), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C) (Phillips 56), 5 Will Spencer, 6 David Denton, 7 Alafoti Faosiliva (Scotland-Williamson 56), 8 GJ van Velze

Replacements | 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Pierce Phillips, 20 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Dean Hammond

Timeline
6m | Wyles try 0-5
7m | Lozowski con 0-7
12m | Lozowski pen 0-10
30m | Shillcock pen 3-10
35m | Lozowski pen 3-13
51m | Goode try 3-18
76m | Wyles try 3-23
77m | Farrell con 3-25

Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round: 5
Attendance: 7,517
No. Name T C D P
15 Alex Goode 1T
14 Sean Maitland
13 Duncan Taylor
12 Brad Barritt
11 Chris Wyles 2T
10 Alex Lozowski 1C 2P
9 Ben Spencer
1 Hayden Thompson-Stringer
2 Jamie George
3 Vincent Koch
4 Dominic Day
5 George Kruis
6 Maro Itoje
7 Calum Clark
8 Jackson Wray
Replacements
16 Scott Spurling
17 Mako Vunipola
18 Juan Figallo
19 Nick Isiekwe
20 Ben Earl
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Owen Farrell 1C
23 Nick Tompkins