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Match Reaction: Saracens 24 Leicester Tigers 10

Saracens have now won six of seven Aviva Premiership Rugby matches this season, but director of rugby Mark McCall admits he was frustrated by their inability to secure a bonus point against Leicester Tigers yesterday.

Chris Wyles, Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola all scored tries as the defending champions saw off the Tigers 24-10, while George Catchpole scored the only try for the visitors late on.

Wyles and Maitland both scored in the first half to help the hosts lead 17-3 at the break at Allianz Park, but their underwhelming second half display frustrated McCall who was convinced there was more to come from his side.

“There’s just a little bit of frustration in the dressing room because we set ourselves very very high standards and we got close to those standards in the first half,” he said.

“I thought in the first half we showed some really good signs of how good we can be, the standards that we want achieve.

“We attacked really well, we made a couple of errors along the way but they were just forced errors by Leicester’s defence and it was no big issue. 17-3 was probably about right but once we got to 24-3 I thought we were really sloppy.

“It’s a big lesson for us because we didn’t get the job done that we wanted to get done.

“We spent the last 15/20 minutes defending which is not what we wanted to do we did it pretty well we fought hard in our 22 but we should have got five points it’s frustrating.”

For Leicester, the result marks their third defeat of the domestic season but director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists there is plenty to build from before they tackle Harlequins at home next month.

“I’m pleased we stayed in the battle and were playing for the bonus point in the end, but the first half was difficult for us and they controlled the game well,” he said.

“At 24-3 down we had nothing else but to throw the kitchen sink at them. We did that and stopped them getting their bonus point.

“We can build on that spirit and effort, but it was still disappointing.”

Saracens: Goode, Maitland, Tompkins (Bosch 60), Barritt, Wyles, Farrell (Lozowski 75), Spencer (Wigglesworth 53), Vunipola M (Barrington 71), George (Brits 51), Figallo (Du Plessis 62), Rhodes (Brown 62), Hamilton (Flanagan 79), Wray, Burger, Vunipola B

Leicester Tigers: Tait, Thompstone, Betham, Adams (Burns 57), Pietersen (Catchpole 64), Williams, Youngs B (Harrison 53), Ayerza (Genge 20), Youngs T (McGuigan 60), Cole (Mulipola 60), Slater (Evans 65), Kitchener, Fitzgerald, O’Connor (Hamilton 71), McCaffrey

Saracens

Tries: Wyles, Maitland, Vunipola B

Conversions: Farrell 3

Penalties: Farrell

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Catchpole

Conversions: Williams

Penalties: Williams

 

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Attendance: 9,734

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