Maitland hat-trick leads Saracens to 55-24 win over Northampton Saints

Schalk Brits capped an impressive display with Saracens' eighth try
Schalk Brits capped an impressive display with Saracens' eighth try

Saracens 55-24 Northampton Saints, Twickenham

Sean Maitland scored a hat-trick as Saracens kick started the 2017/18 season of Aviva Premiership with a convincing 55-24 win over Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Brad Barritt and scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth crossed over early in the eighth and 11th minute respectively while fly-half Alex Lozowski added a conversion and missed one as Saracens took an early 12 point lead.

The lead soon increased to 17 at the end of the first quarter when Maitland scored his first of the three tries as things looked ominous for Northampton Saints.

Even though Harry Malinder kicked a 24th-minute penalty to get Northampton Saints off the mark, it was the Sarries, who dominated the first half with Maitland scoring two more tries in a span of four minutes while Lozowski and Vincent Koch also crossed over on either side to make it 41-3.

Northampton showed more intent in the second half with Lewis Ludlam scoring their first try in the 43rd minute but his efforts were negated by Saracens hooker Schalk Brits, eight minutes later.

Despite a double from Tom Wood that came in the 55th and 64th minutes, Saracens with their ninth try coming through Ben Spencer completed a 55-24 win.

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