Nine try Saracens hammer Zebre in Heineken Cup

Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens ran in nine tries as they hammered Zebre 64-3 at Allianz Park in their Heineken Cup pool three clash on Saturday.

Saracens turned on the style to celebrate their first Heineken Cup contest
at Allianz Park by running riot with nine tries and send Zebre crashing to a
heavy Pool 3 defeat.

The try bonus point swept Sarries up to 15 points with their trip to Toulouse
in Round 5 in the New Year set to decide the group winner and with it automatic
knock-out stage qualification.

Saracens scored five tries in the process of winning 39-10 at Stadio XXV Aprille
a week earlier and it all added up to 14 tries in the back-to-back fixtures
as they bid to qualify for the prestigious knock-out stages for the fourth time
in the last five tournaments.

Back rower Jackson Wray was named man of the match but it was England winger
David Strettle who claimed the honour of scoring the first tournament try at
Allianz Park as he finished with aplomb after collecting Ben Ransom’s pass for
his seventh of the season.

Owen Farrell – who had opened the scoring with a simple penalty goal – converted
from the left hand touchline and then a line-out provided Saracens with a fine
attacking position.

Jacques Burger made the most of that position as he emerged from a pile of
players celebrating his score.

Farrell was off target with the conversion but when Zebre’s openside flanker
Nicola Cattina is sin-binned for taking George Kruis out in the air at a Saracens
line-out, Jamie George crosses for Saracens third try and this time Farrell
converts well from the left hand touchline.

It took Mark McCall’s men just 26 minutes to bank the try bonus point, Farrell
feeing Chris Ashton who looped around from his right hand wing and sent Duncan
Taylor free with a superb inside ball.

The centre raced clear and returned the ball to Ashton who drew the Zebre full-back
to give Richard Wigglesworth the run in to score.

Farrell converted for a 26-points half-time advantage and added the extra points
again when there was more of the same in the second period, Ransom scoring try
No 5 courtesy of a bulldozing carry from No.8 Billy Vunipola and a blistering
break from George.

Taylor made it six different try sorers and celebrated by becoming the first
to collect a brace with a quick-fire double as Zebre saw Saracens top the half
century of points.

And the pain was not over for the Italian side as Vunipola and Ashton both
cashed in during what was virtual one-way traffic.

Final Score Saracens (29) 64 Zebre (3) 3


Tries: Strettle, Burger, George, Wigglesworth, Ransom, Taylor 2, B Vunipola, Ashton
Conversions: Farrell 8
Penalties: Farrell

Penalties: Orquera

Match Officials
: Dudley Phillips (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Kieran Barry (Ireland),
TMO: Alan Rogan (Ireland),
Citing Commissioner: Jeff Mark (Wales)


Saracens: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Marcelo Bosch, Duncan Taylor, David Strettle; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Richard Barrington, Jamie George, James Johnston, Steve Borthwick (c), George Kruis, Jackson Wray, Jacques Burger, Billy Vunipola

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Mako Vunipola, Matt Stevens, Alistair Hargreaves, Ernst Joubert, Neil de Kock, Charlie Hodgson, Ben Ransom

Zebre: Gullo Palazzani; Leonardo Sarto, Roberto Quartaroli, Kameli Ratuvou

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