Saracens pummel sorry Welsh

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Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Saracens left their recent Aviva Premiership form in the dust as they notched 11 tries in beating winless London Welsh 78-7 to return to the play-off spots.

Mark McCall’s men had not secured a league victory for more than two months but that winning feeling returned with consecutive triumphs over Sale Sharks during the European break.

And they did not give Welsh a sniff at Allianz Park, as Mako Vunipola, who grabbed two tries, Brett Sharman, George Kruis and Chris Ashton all crossed in the first half.

Cross-code convert Elliot Kear did respond for the Exiles but Sarries made the scoreline even more emphatic as replacement Richard Wigglesworth grabbed a hat-trick of tries, in addition to scores from Jackson Wray, Richard Barrington and Ben Ransom. The eagle-eyed Owen Farrell converted 10 tries of 11.

It proved the perfect send-off for Saracens stalwart Mouritz Botha, who came on a replacement for his final appearance before moving back to South Africa.

Exiles wing Seb Stegmann gave away a kickable penalty early on and after Farrell decided to go for touch, Vunipola burrowed over to score a try.

Farrell, who in total notched 23 points from the tee, converted and then bagged a penalty, before the England fly-half got himself involved in a flowing move with Neil de Kock.

That nearly resulted in an Ashton try but after he was held up on the try-line, Sharman was eventually adjudged to have touched down after referee Ian Tempest consulted the television match official.

Kruis made it a hat-trick of tries for the Saracens pack when he piled through the Welsh defence beneath the posts, with Farrell nailing the conversion once more.

Then a mighty leap from Kruis gave Saracens possession from a line-out, and Vunipola scurried over for his second converted try to snatch the bonus point by the half-hour mark.

Try number five came after a blistering run by Ashton down the right, with Farrell doing well to make the conversion.

The Exiles did however get off the mark when Peter Browne slipped a pass through to Kear and Will Robinson added the extras.

Saracens kept the pace up after the break as flanker Wray scored a try from a rolling maul after 48 minutes.

And Allianz Park was in seventh heaven as replacement Barrington bagged a converted try on the hour mark.

A wonderful jinking run by fellow substitute Wigglesworth saw him dance through the Welsh defence to touch down, and moments later Ransom used his speed to race away for the home side’s ninth try of the day.

Wigglesworth bagged two more tries in quick-fire fashion, the first of which came from a lovely shimmy and pass from Farrell, as Welsh’s miserable day came to an end.

Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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