The ground was wet, the temperature mild, the wind erratic and it drizzled at Vicarage Road. It was a good result for Sarcens at home in beating Leeds Tykes 11-6 in a Zurich Premiership match spoilt as a spectacle by the weather conditions. It was Richard Hill's try that counted in the end.
The Tykes scored first when kicking machine Braam van Straaten took his points' tally for the season beyond the 200 mark. But he was not on song with his boot, and mostly the game belonged to the Saracens whose pack had greater control up front. Sitting behind the pack and dictating the game was Tim Horan, at flyhalf for injured Thomas Castaignède.
Just before the half-time whistle Richard Hill took a sweet pass from Christian Califano and barged over in the corner for a try to make it 5-3 to the home side at the break.
Early in the second half fullback Adryan Winnan goaled a penalty to put his side ahead 8-3. With two minutes to go Andy Goode added a second penalty to make the game safe for the Saracens at 11-3.
With Leeds needing two scores, Van Straaten kicked a second penalty goal with a minute of ordinary time remaining.
Beaten by Harlequins at The Stoop in the Powergen Cup last week, Leeds were looking for a win against Saracens in the Zurich Premiership.
It was a good win for sveneth-placed Saracens over third-placed Leeds.
For SaracensTry: HillPens: Winnan, Goode
For Leeds TykesPens: Van Straaten 2