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Saracens 51 Scarlets 10

17 Nov 2013
Saracens 51 Scarlets 10

Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens ran in six tries as they confidently brushed aside Scarlets to claim back-to-back wins in the LV= Cup.

Sarries kicked off the competition by beating London Wasps last weekend and they backed it up with a confident performance at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Saracens were in control, through tries for Matt Hankin and Jack Wilson, before Darran Harris crossed over for the visitors but the figthback didn’t last long.

Jackson Wray touched down on the stroke of half-time and Jamie George secured Saracens’ bonus point shortly after the break.

But the hosts did not call it a day there, as Nathan Earle touched down late on and Tim Streather added a sixth try on his home debut.

A high-intensity start to the game saw the hosts win a line-out five meters from Scarlets’ line and Hankin bundled over directly under the posts after eight minutes – Ben Spencer converted easily.

Sustained pressure inside the Welsh side’s 22 then saw Saracens strike again. Quick ball out to the right wing left Wilson free to dive over in the corner for the second try of the game, which Spencer converted from an acute angle.

The sides then exchanged penalties, with Josh Lewis getting the Scarlets on the board before Spencer restored Saracens’ 14-point advantage.

The action continued at a rapid rate with hooker Harris going over on the left for Scarlets, converted by Lewis, to give the Welsh side hope.

Scarlet hands in the ruck were then penalised and Spencer’s second penalty of the day arrowed between the sticks from 25 yards to make it 20-10 Sarries.

More indiscipline saw the Scarlets penalised again, with Spencer’s boot racking up another three points and with half-time just seconds away, Saracens scored their third try of the game.

Wray broke from the back of the scrum to score and the conversion was good enough to take scrum-half Spencer’s points total to 15.

Sarries easily secured the bonus point through hooker George, who coasted in beneath the posts eight minutes into the second half, and Spencer maintained his 100% strike rate with the conversion.

Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson was then replaced by Nils Mordt, having had a relatively quiet afternoon, before raft of quick substitutions took the sting out of the game and it drifted along to a conclusion.

A 74th minute try from Nathan Earle wide on Sarries’ left flank, after Mordt produced an excellent cut out pass in the build up, and the tricky conversion from Mordt sailed over to extent the score to 44-10.

And Tim Streather then went over for the hosts to cap a fine performance and make the scoreline even more conclusive, with Mordt’s second conversion of the afternoon taking it to 51-10.

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