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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 19 Saracens 43

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists the best is yet to come from his side after they rounded off the regular Aviva Premiership Rugby season with victory over Worcester Warriors.

Chris Ashton was at his predatory best for the table toppers as he grabbed a hat-trick at Sixways while Neil de Kock, Samuela Vunisa and Ben Ransom also crossed.

Cooper Vuna bagged a double while Andy Symons also touched down for the Warriors who finish tenth in their first season back in the top flight.

But there was no stopping Saracens who set up a semi-final clash with Leicester Tigers but before that, have the small matter of next weekend’s European Champions Cup final against Racing 92 to think about.  

“We've led the Premiership for three out of the last four seasons,” said McCall. 

“To get 80 points, without our internationals (who were) away for such a long period is a tremendous achievement, but the best is yet to come as we have a young squad.

“Last week we played poorly in the first half against Newcastle but we were impressive.”

Alex Goode had a hand in three of the first-half tries for Sarries and it was the full-back and Ashton who drew special praise from McCall.

"Alex was rested last week but he was outstanding today and he's been the best full-back in England for some time,” he added.

"Chris (Ashton) will think he could have scored five but he will go into next week's game full of confidence."

Meanwhile Worcester end their campaign on a down note after heavy defeats in their last three games – albeit against quality sides like Saracens and Leicester Tigers.

And Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan admits his side will need to toughen up over the summer if they are to kick on next season.

“Saracens are an outstanding side – we struggled with their power and we need to increase depth in our squad if we are going to improve,” he said.

"For the 15 minutes before half-time we were nowhere near, we struggled with our kicking game and kept feeding Alex Goode and we never laid a hand on him.

"It's a stark reminder of the top and where we are. We have to bring more power into our squad."
 
 
Warriors: Pennell; Heem, Symons (Grove, 52), Mills, Vuna; Heathcote (Lamb, 52), Baldwin (Mulchrone, 52); Leleimalefaga (Bower, 57), Annett (Bregvadze, 46), Schonert (Johnston, 57), O'Callaghan, Sanderson (Hewitt, 66), Betty (Cox, 46), Kirwan, Dowson
Replacements: Bregvadze, Bower, Johnston, Hewitt, Cox, Mulchrone, Lamb, Grove.
 
Saracens: Goode (Ransom, 42); Ashton, Bosch (Streather, 62), Tompkins, Wyles; Hodgson, de Kock (Spencer, 20); Barrington (Lamositele, 41), George (Saunders, 64), Du Plessis (Figallo, 41), Kruis (Smith, 41), Hamilton, Wray (Fraser, 49), Brown, Vunisa.
 
 
SCORERS 

Saracens
Tries: de Kock, Ashton 3, Vunisa, Ransom
Conversion: Hodgson 5
Penalty: Hodgson
 
Worcester Warriors
Tries: Symons, Vuna 2
Conversions: Heathcote 2
 
Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 9,722

If you want to be at the world's biggest club rugby final, this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final is on 28 May at Twickenham, tickets are available from premiershiprugby.com/final.
 

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