62 - 5HT 31 - 0

Allianz Park
Att 8,250
Sat 04 Jan 20, 3:00pm

Highlights & Report | Saracens 62-5 Warriors

Ed Fidow’s first senior try was scant consolation for Warriors on a bruising afternoon at Allianz Park against one of Europe’s top sides.

The Samoa wing showed a flash on individual brilliance to follow up his own chip ahead after Ollie Lawrence had prised open Saracens’ defence midway through the second half but it was the combined effect of a matchday squad that could boast almost 500 caps between them that proved decisive.

Saracens ran in ten tries in a ruthless display which condemned Warriors to a long and unrewarding afternoon in defence.

To make matters worse Warriors lost lock Michael Fatialofa who suffered a suspected neck injury in a collision within a minute of replacing Graham Kitchener.

Play was halted for 15 minutes while Fatialofa was treated by medical staff and he was then carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital in central London.

The match was over as a contest by half-time as Saracens had the bonus point wrapped up by the half hour mark.

Flanker Ben Earl crossed for the opener after a sustained attack and Rotimi Segun, a late replacement for the injured Sean Maitland soon went over the second on the overlap.

Saracens used their driving maul to effect when centre Brad Barritt attached himself to one and emerged to claim the try and the bonus point followed when Mako Vunipola burrowed over after Owen Farrell had benefited from a lucky bounce from a crossfield kick.

A clever break and kick ahead from Jono Lance gave Warriors their best attacking opportunity in the first half but Anton Bresler was sin-binned for a no-arms challenge in a tackle and Saracens ruthlessly exploited their numerical advantage by scoring three converted tries while Warriors were down to 14 men.

Segun collected a crossfield kick to score his second, Richard Barrington burrowed over from close range and then Maro Itoje rounded off another sustained attack.

Fidow’s try gave Warriors’ fans something to cheer but with Ted Hill in the second row and Matt Moulds in the back-row and Conor Carey injured in the dying minutes a difficult task became almost impossible.

Saracens finished strongly with Duncan Taylor, Jackson Wray and Eliot Daly crossing for further tries in the final 11 minutes.

 

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Ed Fidow, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Ryan Mills (Lawrence 41), 11 Tom Howe, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Michael Heaney (Hougaard 51), 1 Callum Black (Bower 50), 2 Matt Moulds (C), 3 Richard Palframan (Carey 50-69), 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Graham Kitchener (Fatialofa 50-51) (Taufete’e 51), 6 Ted Hill, 7 Sam Lewis (Mama 41), 8 GJ van Velze.

Replacements | 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Marco Mama, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Ollie Lawrence, 23 Scott van Breda.

 

Timeline

6m | Early try 5-0

7m | Farrell con 7-0

12m | Segun try 12-0

22m | Barritt try 17-0

30m | M Vunipola try 22-0

31m | Farrell con 24-0

40m | Segun try 29-0

40m | Farrell con 31-0

47m | Barrington try 36-0

48m | Farrell con 38-0

49m | Itoje try 43-0

50m | Farrell con 45-0

56m | Fidow try 45-5

59m | Taylor try 50-5

67m | Wray try 55-5

80m | Daly try 60-5

80m| Farrell con 62-5

 

Competition: Gallagher Premiership Rugby
Venue: Allianz Park
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Game Type: Away
Fixture Round: 8
Attendance: 8,250
No. Name T C D P
15 Elliot Daly 1T
14 Rotimi Segun 2T
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Brad Barritt 1T
11 Alex Lewington
10 Owen Farrell 6C
9 Richard Wigglesworth
1 Mako Vunipola 1T
2 Jamie George
3 Titi Lamositele
4 Maro Itoje 1T
5 Will Skelton
6 Nick Isiekwe
7 Ben Earl 1T
8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements
16 Jack Singleton
17 Richard Barrington 1T
18 Vincent Koch
19 Joel Kpoku
20 Jackson Wray 1T
21 Ben Spencer
22 Manu Vunipola
23 Duncan Taylor 1T