Saracens 36-17 Northampton Saints, Allianz Park
Saracens came up with a six-try performance as they defeated Northampton Saints 36-17 in their Gallagher Premiership face-off at Allianz Park on Saturday.
The win has seen Saracens consolidating their second position with 58 points while Northampton Saints are at sixth place with 35 points.
Saracens started attacking early and good work from Jackson Wray resulted in Sean Maitland touching down in the fourth minute. Ben Spencer kicked the conversion to make it 7-0 before Rory Hutchinson responded back with a penalty goal to make the scoreline 7-3.
The remainder of the first half was total domination from the defending champions with Nick Tompkins breaching the defence of the visitors to crossover in the 9th minute. Spencer missed out on the conversion but he ensured the extras were added on David Strettle's try in the 17th minute to make it 19-3.
Luther Burrell, who replaced the injured Fraser Dingwall was sin-binned in 27th minute - seven minutes since his arrival - and Saracens made full use of the advantage with Maitland (28') and Tom Woolstencroft (35') scoring further tries to make it 29-3 before the break.
Mark McCall's men further stepped up the ante and as a result a sin-bin to Alex Mitchell for a no arms tackle that also resulted in a penalty try to take the scoreline 36-3.
Tries from Reece Marshall (57') and Lewis Ludlam (67') provided some consolation for the Saints in the game totally dominated by Saracens as they completed a 36-17 victory.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher 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.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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