Goode double sets up Saracens' 15-38 win over Wasps

Billy Vunipola made a successful comeback from shoulder surgery
Billy Vunipola made a successful comeback from shoulder surgery
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Wasps 15-38 Saracens, Ricoh Arena
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Saracens successfully overcame a double sin-bin in the first half as they went on to beat Wasps with a 15-38 bonus point victory in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

The win also meant Saracens have narrowed down their gap over top positioned Exeter Chiefs to five points while Wasps continue to remain at third.

Saracens had a promising start to the game when Chris Wyles took an offload from Owen Farrell in the eighth minute to go past the line and five minutes later Alex Goode scored the first of his two tries. On both the occasion, it was Michael Rhodes, who set the tone attacking the home side.

Farrell missed both the conversions but managed to kick a penalty that came as a response to Danny Cipriani's penalty in the 19th minute. The third unconverted try from Saracens came in the 30th minute through Schalk Burger but the visitors almost let the game slip in the closing stage of the first half.

Burger was sin-binned in the 36th minute for stopping a Wasps drive from an offside position and two minutes later it was Farrell's turn to be yellow carded for performing a high tackle on Dan Robson. A penalty try was awarded to Wasps following Burger's departure while Willie le Roux scored the second try when Farrell went as Wasps headed into the second half with a trail of 15-18.

The European champions began to take a grip after a thrilling start to the second half and, following a series of drives that included involvements from Vunipola and Itoje, Goode weaved a path over the whitewash.

Farrell kicked his third penalty to sweep Saracens out of sight, with Spencer's 79th-minute score - converted by Farrell - completing the rout.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Aviva Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

Saracens are the 2016 champions, can anyone take their crown?

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