Saracens brush Newcastle Falcons aside

Saracens got back to winning ways when they brushed Newcastle Falcons aside with a 40-3 Premiership victory at Allianz Park.

Saracens suffered their first Premiership loss of the season last week against Northampton but came roaring back against Newcastle with a five try to none victory.

Charlie Hodgson, who was making his first start since coming back from injury, scored
18 points in total, including a try, conversion and a penalty in the first half
as Sarries went into the break 10-3 ahead.

The Falcons had dominated the opening 20 minutes but a Phil Godman three-pointer
was their only reward in the opening period.

And Newcastle struggled to contain the hosts after the interval as David Strettle
(twice), Jamie George and Alex Goode tries sealed a comfortable victory.

Despite having to field a weakened side due to the November internationals,
the hosts were expected to comfortably dispatch Dean Richards’ men.

However, they were given a fright in the early stages of the match as the newly-promoted
outfit, who have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign, dominated possession
and territory.

And with 14 minutes gone, Godman atoned for an earlier miss with a penalty
that gave the visitors a deserved advantage.

Matt Stevens was then sent to the sin-bin as Mark McCall’s side initially struggled
to deal with the Newcastle forwards.

But they weren’t on the back foot for long as Hodgson stepped his way over
the line for an impressive try.

The fly-half added the conversion and then kicked a three-pointer as the hosts
went into the break with a 10-3 lead.

Successive Hodgson penalties early in the second period opened the gap further
before Alex Goode’s grubber kick set up Strettle for another Sarries’ touchdown.

George then crossed the whitewash from a dominant driving maul for the third
try as Saracens went in search of the bonus-point.

That eventually came 12 minutes from time when Goode got his reward for an
excellent individual performance before Strettle rounded off the scoring with
his second of the afternoon.

Final Score Saracens (10) 40 Newcastle (3) 3

Scorers

Saracens
Tries: Hodgson, Strettle 2, George, Goode
Cons: Hodgson 2, Goode
Pens: Hodgson 3

Newcastle
Pen: Godman

Match Officials
Referee
: Matthew Carley (3rd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce and Andrew Pearce.
TMO: Roy Maybank.

Teams

Saracens

15. Alex Goode; 14. Michael Tagicakibau, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Chris Wyles, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Jamie George, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c), 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Ernst Joubert.

Replacements: 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. George Kruis, 20. Jacques Burger, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Duncan Taylor, 23. Ben Ransom.

Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Carlo del Fava, 5 Dom Barrow, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Richard Mayhew, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 James Fitzpatrick

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