Road to the Premiership Rugby Cup Final: Saracens
Saracens may be the only unbeaten team in this year’s Premiership Rugby Cup but just how did they make it all the way to today’s final?
Saracens kicked off their campaign against Leicester Tigers back in October, where tries from Schalk Burger, Sione Vailanu and debutant Joel Kpoku helped them into a 26-9 lead with 18 minutes to go.
That advantage was almost wiped out by the boot of Joe Ford and late tries from David Feao and Harry Wells – although the hosts hung on to win 29-21.
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Kpoku impressed once more in Round Two’s clash with Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, notching his second try in as many games en route to a 15-15 draw.
Scrum-half Will Cliff’s all-around performance almost earned Sale victory – grabbing a try, a conversion and a penalty – but Max Malins had the final say when he slotted a penalty with 13 minutes left to snatch a draw for the Men in Black.
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A thrilling Round Three encounter with Worcester Warriors returned ten tries and a 34-22 victory for Saracens.
McCall’s side trailed 12-10 at the break but a second-half brace from Ali Crossdale was enough to turn things round and end Worcester’s perfect start to their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign.
Kpoku was the star again in the final group game as Saracens downed Harlequins at the Stoop.
There was only one point to separate the sides at the break but yet another strong second half saw tries from Kpoku – who charged down a clearance, collected the loose ball and barged his way over – Malins and Rotimi Segun to ensure McCall’s troops would be in the semi-finals.
And that last-four clash brought about a repeat of the Round Three fixture, with a similar result as Saracens ran out 38-22 winners over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Alex Lozowski kicked 18 points while tries from Tom Whiteley, Segun, Malins and Vailanu made sure Tom Howe’s second-half double counted for nothing.