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Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 21-32 Saracens

Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 21-32 Saracens

Saracens picked up where they left off last season as Alex Lewington notched two tries to down Newcastle Falcons in their opening Gallagher Premiership Rugby match.

Falcons continued to fight back through Mark Wilson’s double but tries from Jamie George, Nick Tompkins and two from Lewington ensured a 32-21 success.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Alex Lozowski was at the heart of everything good for Mark McCall’s men at Kingston Park.

The 25-year-old ran riot in the first half, puncturing a hole in the Falcons defence before offloading to Owen Farrell to set up Alex Lewington for a score.

Lozowski continued that form into the second half, pulling the strings as Lewington got his second before Tompkins wrapped up the victory.

TRY OF THE MATCH

Mark Wilson had reduced the deficit in the second half but a flowing move with 20 minutes remaining from Saracens and it was Lewington again.

Good pressure from the visitors allows Farrell to work his magic, picking out Lewington for an easy score in the corner.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

On the stroke of half-time, and with the game finely poised at 10-9 Saracens, Lewington picked the perfect moment to notch up a first try in Saracens colours.

Collecting a pass from Farrell after good work from Lozowski, Lewington showed exactly why he was brought to Allianz Park, scoring with his first touch of the contest and extending Saracens’ lead.

WHAT THEY SAID

Newcastle Falcons head coach Dean Richards, said: “The amount of internationals on the field for Saracens probably told on the day.

“At times we were a little naive, when they need accuracy they got it and they took their chances every time and we didn’t take all of ours. We left a few out there.

“We’ll be looking at where we went wrong and the opportunities we missed. But you’ve got to take your hat off to Saracens, they’re a really good team and I think they’re far more fitter this year than they have been.

Saracens defence coach Alex Sanderson had high praise for Lewington. He said: “He’s got fantastic ability and I think we saw that all season. He can create something out of nothing. He’s got the x-factor and a bit of magic about him.

“His first try was exactly why we got him, finding those spaces and the work ethic that he has.

“You can have the best plans in the world, but you’ve got get that match fitness back and I think we did that.”

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