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Match Report: Saracens 40 Dragons 21

27 Jan 2018
Match Report: Saracens 40 Dragons 21

Three tries in the space of ten minutes before half-time helped Saracens to an impressive victory over the Dragons at Allianz Park.

The hosts scored six tries in a comfortable win, their first in the competition this season, with the speedy Nick Tompkins leading the charge before the break.

They secured a bonus point in the second half, although the Dragons hit back through two tries from prop Lloyd Fairbrother.

The first points of the day came after less than two minutes of play, Saracens’ Max Malins slotting a through a penalty.

After a lot of pressure from the visiting side, including two surging runs from Connor Edwards, Dragons finally got their reward when captain Harrison Keddie piled over from a yard out.

Then on the half hour mark, the floodgates opened. First Mark Flanagan collected an offload to put the hosts back in front after excellent play between fly-half Malins and winger Rotimi Segun..

Then almost straight away centre Tompkins picked up a loose ball and sprinted from just inside his own half to finish before Rotimi Segun got a third.

Within one minute of the restart, the bonus point was confirmed as Matt Gallagher finished off after a run from Vailanu, with Malins adding the extras to extend the lead to 20 points.

The Dragons fought back soon got on the scoresheet after a rolling maul in the corner, before the ball was bundled over by Fairbrother, after which Kirchner added the conversion to cut the lead to sixteen.

Despite a comfortable lead, Saracens continued to play aggressively and extended it further with tries from Sean Refell and scrum-half Tom Whiteley.

Fairbrother got his second late on but it was a consolation on a tough afternoon.

Attendance: 6,432

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