Saracens kick off LV Cup with Wasps victory

Nick Tompkins has re-signed for Saracens

Saracens kicked off their Anglo Welsh LV Cup campaign by edging London Wasps at Adams Park on Friday evening.

The former Premiership champions Saracens took a bonus point from the match but had to withstand a thrilling comeback from Wasps.

The first 25 minutes was an even contest before Saracens hit their opponents with 24 unanswered points to lead 24-7 with only 17 minutes remaining.

Wasps fought back to striking distance and were it not for a last-gasp tackle on Tom Howe in the final play of the match, the hosts would have completed a remarkable turnaround.

Final Score London Wasps 21 (7) Saracens 24 (12)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries: Everard, Cochrane, Jacobs
Con: Carlisle 3

Saracens
Tries: Ransom, Tompkins, Barrington, Wilson
Con: Spencer 2
Yellow card: Wilson

Match Official
Referee:
Neil Hennessy (Wales)

Teams

Wasps: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Jonah Homes, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Charlie Hayter, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Guy Thompson, 7 Matt Everard, 6 James Haskell (c), 5 James Cannon, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Will Taylor, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Ricky Reeves.

Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Alex Lunderg, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Esteban Lozada, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Jack Moates, 22 Ben Jacobs, 23 Tom Howe.

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Tim Streather, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Nils Mordt (c), 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Justin Melck, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 George Kruis, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jared Saunders, 1 Richard Barrington.

Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Eoin Sheriff, 20 Matt Hankin, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 James Short.

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