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Saracens 44 Worcester Warriors 20

03 May 2014
Saracens 44 Worcester Warriors 20

Jackson Wray ran in a hat-trick in a 44-20 victory as Saracens sealed top spot in the Aviva Premiership in record-breaking fashion and condemned Worcester Warriors to a bottom of the table finish.

David Strettle and Chris Ashton both crossed for early scores at Allianz Park but the Warriors fought back and Chris Pennell’s score had them back in the match at 15-10.

But Wray went over for his first just before the interval and added two more after the break while the in-form Ashton also added a second in what turned into something of a procession for the London club.

Semisi Taulava crossed late on for a second Worcester try while Will Fraser’s injury and yellow cards for Strettle and Neil de Kock meant Sarries finished with 12 men on the pitch.

That allowed Pennell to bag a second in the dying moments but it was too little too late as Dean Ryan’s side now have an insurmountable ten-point gap to make up to second-from-bottom Newcastle Falcons.

For Saracens the victory means they have already broken the points record for the regular season with a game to spare – Leicester’s haul of 83 in 2001-2 was the previous mark but Mark McCall’s side now have 85.

The hosts got the perfect start when Strettle crossed in the fourth minute for his 11th Aviva Premiership try of the season after a strong run from Mako Vunipola had taken them deep into Worcester territory.

Vunipola then left the field with an injury to be replaced by Rhys Gill and a Ryan Lamb penalty got Worcester a foothold in the game in the eighth minute.

But Alex Goode’s superb offload gave Ashton a second Sarries try not long after and despite the full-back failing with the touch line conversion, he kicked Saracens into a 15-3 lead with a penalty.

A series of Saracens infringements at a 5m scrum saw replacement Gill sin binned as Worcester began to fight back.

And it fell to full-back Pennell, shortlisted for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season, to find a hole in the Saracens defence for Worcester’s first try, Lamb successfully adding the extras.

Saracens struck back on the stroke of half-time however with their third try as Wray blazed over and Goode’s conversion put the league leaders back in control at 22-10.

Goode extended Saracens’ lead with another penalty after the interval before Ashton secured the Saracens bonus point. The England wing stepped the scrambling Pennell to cross in the corner and extend the lead to 30-10.

Wray got his second of the day on 62 minutes after a number of quick Saracens phases, Goode successfully added the conversion.

With Saracens now well on top, Lamb saw yellow for a deliberate knock on as Worcester struggled to get out their own 22.

From the resulting penalty, Wray sealed his hat trick, picking up from the back of a scrum to charge over, Goode’s conversion took his personal points tally to 14.

In a manic last ten minutes, Worcester managed consolation scores through Taulava and Pennell as Fraser limped off and Strettle and Neil De Kock both received yellow cards leaving Saracens to finish the game with just 12 men.

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