Match Reaction: Saracens 29-6 Wasps
Saracens moved to the top of the Gallagher Premiership with a 29-6 victory over Wasps at Allianz Park.
Mark McCall’s men maintained their unbeaten record thanks to tries from Jamie George and Nick Isiekwe and 19 points from the boot of Alex Lozowski.
In the absence of Own Farrell, Lozowski assumed kicking duty and delivered a perfect performance succesfully kicking all seven of his goal attempts.
It was also the England man’s downfield kick that led to an Elliot Daly error when he gathered up the ball only to pass it to the onrushing Isiekwe for the simplest of tries.
Saracens’ latest victory left McCall unsurprisingly pleased at his side’s points tally while Wasps director of rugby Dai Young reflected on his players’ mistakes.
MAN OF THE MATCH
With Owen Farrell rested, kicking duty was handed over to Alex Lozowski who recorded a perfect record from the tee.
The centre scored three first-half penalties to send Saracens in at the break with a slender lead and picked up where he left off after the restart.
His downfield kick ultimately led to Saracens second try and he added a further two penalties as well as two successful conversions making it seven from seven and 19 points for the England man.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Alex Lozowski’s kick downfield was gathered by Elliot Daly but the England man’s pass was intercepted by replacement Nick Isiekwe who touched down unchallenged.
With Wasps already chasing the game, the mistake proved costly for Wasps and gave them an even bigger mountain to climb to get back into the game.
WHAT THEY SAID
Saracens head coach Mark McCall said: “Wasps defended superbly in the first half and we didn’t quite get the ball we wanted in the final third.”
“At half-time we challenged ourselves to be persistent and wear them down and I am really pleased with how we played.
“It has been a really encouraging last three weeks for us and we have used almost everybody in the squad.”
On how far Saracens and Exeter have been able to pull away from the rest of the teams in the league he said: “I am surprised because of how good the other teams are.
“It is obviously very pleasing to have the number of points that we’ve got.”
FULL-TIME | 💫Saracens 29-6 Wasps🐝 pic.twitter.com/Ku8kRyA03N
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) December 1, 2018
Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young said: “I can’t doubt the effort and commitment shown by the lads but it is like patting the milkman on the back for delivering the milk – it is part and parcel of what I expect”, he said.
“It is really frustrating when you see some basic errors – that doesn’t allow us to play the rugby we want to play.
“There is only one way around it – you just have to keep working at it and eventually it will start to click.
“If you look at the game, as we absorb pressure you think we would come out the other end but we don’t sustain anything enough to score a try.
“If you look at some of our mistakes tonight you would think we could do a bit better and that is what I’ve just said to the players pretty much.
“It was a big part of the game today – they didn’t make critical errors at important parts of the game – and we did.”
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— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) 1 December 2018
🎥 “When you get chances against Saracens you’ve got to take them.”
Director of Rugby Dai Young rues some missed opportunities after today’s defeat at the reigning champions… pic.twitter.com/5iMD6w0TJJ
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) 1 December 2018
Felt good to be back with the @Saracens brothers! Let’s goooo 🔥thank you for the support!
— Nick Isiekwe (@NickIsiekwe) 1 December 2018