Saracens make a winning start in Challenge Cup

Saracens successfully transferred their winning form from the Guinness Premiership to the Amlin (European) Challenge Cup when they kicked off with a 36-12 bonus-point victory over Italian side Rovigo at Vicarage Road, Watford.


Saracens scored four tries through Kevin Sorrell, Don Barrell, Michael Horak and Rodd Penney.


Nineteen-year-old fly-half Jake Sharp who was one of four players who were making their debuts, kicked 14 points through three penalties and a drop goal.


Saracens other points came from a conversion by former Springbok and Bulls number 10 Derick Hougaard.


The Italians could only muster four penalties through their kicker Bustos.


Final Score Saracens 36 (19) Rovigo 12 (9)


Scorers


Saracens
Tries – Sorrell, Barrell, Horak, Penney
Pen – Sharp 3
Con – Sharp, Hougaard
Drop – Sharp


Rovigo
Tries –
Pen – Bustos 4
Con –
Drop –

 

Attendance: 5,678

Referee: Pascal Gauzere


Saracens: M Horak, M Tagicakibau, R Penney, K Sorrell, R Haughton, J Sharp, K Barrett, M Aguero, F Ongaro, R Skuse, T Ryder, H Smith, D Barrell, J Melck, M Owen [capt]


Replacements: E Reynecke, A Brown, T Mercey, M Botha, W van Heerden, J Marshall, D Hougaard, N Cato


Rovigo: P Calanchini, R Pedrazzi, A Pratichetti, A Sartoretto, M De Gasperi, G Bustos, P Travagli, A de Marchi, L Mahoney, G Boccalon, T Reato [capt], D Tumiati, Y Anouer, E Lubian, N Badocchi


Replacements: F Damiano, G Buquete, M Ravalle, M Barion, J Legora, R Bocchino, E Pellegrini, S Canale

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