Maro Itoje leads Saracens to 24-11 win over Harlequins

Maro Itoje scores a try for Saracens
Maro Itoje scores a try for Saracens
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Saracens 24-11 Harlequins, London (Olympic) Stadium

Saracens returned back to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership as they completed a 24-11 win over Harlequins in their first game at the London Stadium.

Playing in their blue kit, Saracens got off the mark with a second minute penalty from Alex Lozowski. Winger Sean Maitland’s weaving run forced the visitors on the back foot, before the ball went through the hands of Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt and Alex Goode to set up Williams to dot down in the corner. Lozowski kicked the conversion to make it 10-0.

Harlequins' response came through Demetri Catrakilis, who kicked back to back penalties in the 23rd and 26th minutes to reduce the gap down to four points.

Itoje produced an inspiring performance after Catrakilis left the field following a knock as he slipped a tackle and fended off four defenders on his way to his first try of the season. Lozowski missed a conversion but instead managed a penalty as Saracens ended the first half with a 18-6 lead.

Harlequins showed a lot of intent in the second half when skipper James Horwill crashed past the line but Lozowski with his third penalty restored the 10 point lead for the Sarries. A yellow card for Saracens replacement Max Malins for knocking the ball into touch deliberately gave Quins some hope, but Lozowski with his fourth penalty sealed a 13 point win for Mark McCall's men.

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