Schalk Brits helped himself to the second of Saracens' four tries at Sixways
28 December 2013, 05:11 pm ::
By Ben Baker
Worcester Warriors 8 Saracens 26
Four tries in 20 first-half minutes blew Worcester Warriors away as Saracens ensured they enter 2014 as the Aviva Premiership leaders thanks to a 26-8 victory at Sixways.
It took Saracens nine minutes to score the first try of the game and it was David Strettle who grabbed it.
But by the half-hour mark the visitors had build an unassailable lead as Schalk Brits, Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson all followed wing Strettle over the whitewash.
Worcester to their credit never gave up and tried their hardest to add to Leo Senatore's late first-half try after the interval.
But it wasn't to be as the Warriors slipped to their 11th Aviva Premiership defeat of the season.
Sarries signalled their intent right from the word go as they pressured the Worcester defence following a clever Hodgson kick, however Sam Betty caused Mako Vunipiola to knock on and the danger was snuffed out.
And on six minutes Worcester could have taken the lead by Ignacio Mieres sent his penalty narrowly wide of the posts.
However, just moments later the Argentine fly-half did kick Worcester into the lead.
But just a minute later Saracens burst into life. Billy Vunipola made the initial break before handing over to brother Mako. The ball went down the line to Chris Wyles and the American's pass to Strettle was not adjudged to have gone forward by the TMO and Saracens were on the scoreboard.
And on 17 minutes they had their second try following a poor box-kick by Jeremy Su'a. The scrum-half's kick fell straight into Saracens' hands and a clever move ended with Brits bursting over the line, leaving Hodgson with a simple conversion.
Worcester didn't give in and continued to probe the Sarries defence but to no avail.
However the visitors had no such trouble sniffing out the whitewash as on 26 minutes full-back Goode shredded his way though Worcester's defence after being put away by Tim Streather.
Hodgson once again added the extras and he was on hand to convert again just three minute later, this time from his own score as he gathered his own chip to dot down between the sticks.
Soon though Sarries found themselves a man light as Mako Vunipola was sin-binned for an elbow on Alex Grove while on the floor in a ruck.
And Worcester made the most of the man advantage with Senatore burrowing his way over just before half-time, Mieres missing the conversion to leave the home side trailing 26-8 at the break.
Worcester pounded away at the Saracens 5m line almost immediately after the restart but the visitors held firm.
And try as they might they simply couldn't add to their points tally as Saracens showed exactly why they are at the top of the Aviva Premiership table.
As for Sarries, they too probed after the restart but had done their damage in the first 40, seeing the game out with consummate ease.