Saracens storm into play-off with 40-19 win over Harlequins

Chris Ashton scored Saracens' first try against Harlequins at Wembley
Chris Ashton scored Saracens' first try against Harlequins at Wembley
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Saracens 40-19 Harlequins, Wembley Stadium
Scorecard

Saracens came up with a clinical performance as they thrashed Harlequins by 40-19 in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The win has taken Saracens to 68 points in the table, just one behind Wasps and Exeter Chiefs as they confirmed their position in the play-offs while Harlequins are positioned sixth with a slender two point lead over Northampton Saints, who have an extra game.

After Nick Evans got Quins off the mark with a 11th minute penalty, Chris Ashton and Schalk Brits crossed over for Saracens while Owen Farrell converted both to take Saracens to a 11 point lead.

Two more penalties from Evans brought down the gap to five points before Farrell kicked his first three pointer to restore eight point lead for the defending champions at half time.

After Farrell and Evans exchanged penalties at the start of the second half, the England international kicked two more three pointers to take Saracens to 14 point lead. Mike Rhodes stretched the gap to 21 points with a touchdown in the 72nd minute but was negated by Harelquins lock James Horwill with a try of his own.

Alex Goode signed off with a 77th minute try with Farrell adding another conversion to seal a 21 point win for Saracens as they bid to keep their title defence alive.

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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