Sarries stay on top after London Wasps victory

Saracens remained on top of the Aviva Premiership when they beat London Wasps 20-32 in a match that saw seven tries being scored.

Wasps struggled to make an impact in the first half until the sin-binning
of Mouritz Botha, when they scored a penalty and a try through Andy Goode and
Jonah Holmes, but two tries either side of the yellow card from Jackson Wray
and Jamie George, with an early penalty from Charlie Hodgson put Sarries 17-8
up at the break.

The hosts started the second half well, getting a try through Tom Howe, but
two tries from Alex Goode and George put the tie to bed, before Carlo Festuccia
scored a last-minute consolation try.

Saracens were first off the mark after three minutes from the boot of Charlie
Hodgson when the Wasps were penalised for coming in at the side.

Saracens extended their lead after a good run from Brad Barritt, before Duncan
Taylor offloaded to Wray who touched down, with Hodgson adding the extras.

The Wasps began to get more of a hold on the game after Botha was sent to the
sin bin.

Goode kicked his first penalty after missing with his first two attempts before
Holmes pounced on Ashton who lost his footing, to leave the hosts two behind.

Sarries put the return of Botha to good use as they powered over the line,
with George left to touch down to give the visitors a nine-point lead at the
break.

Wasps closed the gap after 48 minutes as Howe scored a debut try, but Goode
was unable to add the extras.

Sarries responded well though and closed the gap five minutes later following
some good footwork from Goode, with Farrell converting.

The visitors extended their lead minutes later as the Wasps were pinged for
offside, with Farrell kicking successfully again to take a 14-point lead.

The hosts looked to have moved closer to a losing bonus point following an
excellent break by Joe Simpson, but the TMO confirmed that Holmes was stopped
just short, denying him his second try of the game. Saracens sealed their win
with two minutes to play as George went over to secure the bonus point.

Wasps did manage to score a consolation try on the last play of the game through
Festuccia, but it was too little, too late.

Final Score London Wasps 20 (8) Saracens 32 (17)

Scorers

London Wasps
Tries – Holmes, Howe, Festuccia
Pen -Goode
Con – Carlisle
Drop –

Saracens
Tries – Wray, George (2), Goode
Pen – Hodgson, Farrell
Con – Hodgson (2), Farrell
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Luke Pearce (24th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege and Simon McConnell.
TMO: David Sainsbury.

Teams

London Wasps

15. Andrea Masi , 14. Jonah Holmes , 13. Elliot Daly , 12. Chris Bell , 11. Tom Howe , 10. Andy Goode , 9. Joe Simpson , 1. Simon McIntyre , 2. Tom Lindsay , 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 4. Tom Palmer , 5. Kearnan Myall , 6. James Haskell , 7. Guy Thompson , 8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements : 16. Carlo Festuccia , 17. Ricky Reeves , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. James Cannon , 20. Sam Jones , 21. Brett Sheehan , 22. Joe Carlisle , 23. Charlie Hayter

Saracens

15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c) 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Kelly Brown, 8.

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