Saracens fight back to beat Wasps at the Ricoh

Saracens fought their way back from being 14 points down to beat Wasps 17-26 and end their hosts unbeaten run at the Ricoh Arena.

The result gives Saracens’ top-four hopes a huge boost and confidence as they had to come from behind to clinch the win.

Dai Young’s team took a 17-3 lead through Andy Goode’s penalty and two superbly taken tries from Christian Wade and Elliot Daly.

However, Sarries hit back and were ahead at the break after Jackson Wray and Chris Wyles touched down and Alex Goode kicked two three-pointers.

The second half wasn’t quite as lively but a pair of Goode penalties gave Saracens a deserved win and ended the Coventry-based outfit’s unbeaten home league record.

Wasps went into the season looking to establish themselves in the top-six, but an excellent run of form, particularly at the Ricoh, has seen them become genuine play-off contenders.

And in an enthralling opening period, they showed exactly why. The two Goodes traded penalties early on to get the scoreboard rolling before the hosts’ brilliance in the backs took over.

Firstly, Wade demonstrated why he should be in England contention by surging down the right-hand touchline, kicking ahead and finishing superbly before Daly went over following an outstanding solo run. That took the score to 17-3 but the visitors displayed their character and got back into the contest through Wray’s try.

Alex Goode reduced the arrears further and Wyles then crossed the whitewash as Mark McCall’s side went into the interval 20-17 in front.

Saracens had controlled the final 15 minutes of the first half but they found themselves down to 14 men early in the second period when Chris Ashton was sin-binned for a high-tackle.

It was an ideal opportunity for the hosts to mount some pressure but the London-based outfit remained stout in defence and actually won the yellow card period 3-0 as Goode extended their advantage.

Wasps were now struggling to cope with the visitors’ physicality and Guy Thompson was sent from the field for 10 minutes after illegally disrupting a maul.

Sarries’ fly-half duly kicked the resultant three-pointer to secure a crucial win.

Final Score Wasps 17 (17) Saracens 26 (20)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries – Wade, Daly
Pen – Andy Goode
Con – Andy Goode 2
Drop –
Cards –

Saracens
Tries – Wray, Wyles
Pen – Alex Goode 4
Con – Alex Goode 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee :Matthew Carley (26th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Andy Watson.
TMO: David Sainsbury

Teams

Wasps

15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 James Downey, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Matt Mullan (c).

Replacements: 16 Simon McIntyre, 17 Phil Swainston, 18 Kearnan Myall, 19 Ed Jackson, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Andrea Masi.

Saracens

15 Ben Ransom, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Alex Goode, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Maro Itoje, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, (c), 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Ernst Joubert, 20 Matt Hankin, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Tim Streather.

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