Saracens ease to victory over Newcastle Falcons

Saracens held on to second place in the Aviva Premiership with a comfortable 25-5 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Vicarage Road.

Tries from Joe Maddock, Alex Goode and James Short helped Saracens

make it five wins in a row against the Falcons.

Newcastle headed into the match on the back of a morale-boosting first victory
of the season over Wasps, while Saracens were fresh from a narrow win against
Exeter.

There was little to pick between the sides during a tight opening ten minutes,
but it was Sarries who would head in at the break on top.

On 15 minutes Joe Maddock scored the first points of the game and his first
try for Saracens when he crossed out wide following enterprising play from the
hosts. Charlie Hodgson missed the difficult conversion.

Barely two minutes later Newcastle were back on level terms through a Luke Fielden
try, which was also too far out for last week’s hero with the boot, Jimmy Gopperth,
to convert.

That would be as close as the visitors would get to recording a second win in
as many weeks, as Sarries added 13 more points before half-time.

Two Hodgson penalties edged them ahead, before Alex Goode sneaked over the line
out wide. Hodgson was this time successful with the conversion.

It took five minutes following the restart for Saracens to put the game beyond
Newcastle, and they did so in spectacular style. James Short showed excellent
pace to beat the Falcons cover and touch down.

Hodgson’s conversion made it 25-5 and there’d be no way back into the contest
for the visitors in the final exchanges as the home defence held strong.

Final Score Saracens (18) 25 Newcastle Falcons (5) 5


Scorers


Saracens
Tries: Maddock, Goode, Short
Con: Hodgson 2
Pen: Hodgson 2


Newcastle
Tries: Fielden


Referee: Luke Pearce (2nd Premiership game)


Teams


Saracens: 15 Alex Goode , 14 Joe Maddock , 13 Owen Farrell , 12 Brad Barritt , 11 James Short , 10 Charlie Hodgson , 9 Neil de Kock , 1 Deon Carstens , 2 Schalk Brits , 3 Carlos Nieto , 4 Steve Borthwick (c) , 5 George Kruis , 6 Jackson Wray , 7 Andy Saull , 8 Ernst Joubert


16 Jamie George , 17 Rhys Gill , 18 Mako Vunipola , 19 Mouritz Botha , 20 Justin Melck , 21 Ben Spencer , 22 Adam Powell , 23 David Strettle


Newcastle: A. Tait, Fielden, Uys, Helleur, Shortland, Gopperth, Pilgrim, Shiells, Graham, Hall, Townson, Swinson, R. Mayhew, Welch, Hogg.


Rep: M. Mayhew, Fearn, Wells, Pennycook, Wilson, Chudley, Goosen, Eves

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