Premiership Rugby Shield Review: Saracens put 50 points past Bears
Saracens Storm ended the year on a high by scoring a half-century against Bristol Bears A in the Premiership Rugby Shield.
Saracens secured a bonus point with a comfortable 50-14 win to keep them second in the Southern Conference behind Exeter Braves.
The Storm got off to a fast start when Rotimi Segun opened the scoring before two tries from Bristol’s Tusi Pisi and Sam Bedlow turned the match on its head.
Storm responded well through Dom Morris and Max Malins’ three points from the tee, and the 10 made his way over for a try on 51 minutes.
Segun then crossed for his fourth in two games, with Sean Reffell nipping over seconds later. Joe Gray capped off a fine second-half display with two of his own.
In the Northern Conference, Northampton Wanderers secured their third bonus point win in three matches as they edged past Wasps 38-36 in their last fixture of 2018.
Tries from Api Ratuniyarawa, Ollie Slieghtholme and a brace from Alex Mitchell had earned Wandies the try bonus point before the break, before a further score from Sleightholme put Wandies clear on 45 minutes.
And though the hosts brought the game back within two points in the closing minutes, the men in Black, Green and Gold held out to secure their third win in as many weeks.
On Sunday, three tries in nine minutes earned Sale Jets victory over Worcester Cavaliers
Tom Howe got the scoring underway for the Cavaliers but Paolo Odogwu pulled a try back for the Jets.
James Williams kicked the visitors to a 10-5 lead at half-time – but it was to be their final score of the game as the Jets came out in the second half and scored 26 unanswered points.
Tom Roebuck, Connor Doherty, Ewan Ashman and a second for Odogwu capped off an impressive second-half performance from the Jets.
In the final game of the year, Newcastle beat Leicester 34-22 to stay top of the Northern Conference.
Leicester got off to a bad start when Italy international Leonardo Sarto was sent to the sin bin in the second minute for a deliberate knock-on inside the Tigers 22.
Ryan Burrows scored the first try of the game for the visitors but Leicester hit back through Ross McMillan.
And Leicester were in front early in the second half when Tom Varndell went over for a try.
But Newcastle have only lost one game in the Shield this season and they hit back with tries from Will Montgomery, Morgan Passman and Tom Maeshall to round the year off with an impressive win.