Harlequins 10-38 Saracens, Twickenham Stoop
Saracens came up with a dominating display as they defeated Harlequins 38-10 in the sixth round of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
This is fourth consecutive win for the Sarries as they moved to the third place in the table with 19 points while Harlequins are at fourth position with similar points.
Saracens had a couple of injury setbacks as Ben Earl and Elliot Daley pulled out with leg and hamstring injuries respectively before the game while Olly Hartley replaced injured Alex Lozowski in the 2nd minute.
Marcus Smith missed an early chance as his penalty kick bounced off the posts but made amends with another three-pointer in the 16th minute to take the home side to a 3-0 lead.
Nevertheless, the visitors dominated the remaining of the first half as Juan Martin Gonzalez stretched over from close range in the 19th minute and they worked the ball wide for Hartley, who was an early replacement for Lozowski to touchdown.
The third try for Saracens came at the stroke of half time as Jamie George powered his way over at the back of a maul and Owen Farrell kicked two out of the three conversions as the teams completed the opening half with a 3-19 scoreline.
The bonus point for Mark McCall's men came early in the second half as they kicked a penalty to the corner and from the resulting maul Andy Christie dived in the corner but Farrell's drifted wide making it 3-24.
Further tries from Tom Parton and Lewington raised Saracens' score to 38 points with nine minutes left in the game as Harlequins' James Chisholm was sin-binned for a high tackle. Andre Esterhuizen scored a consolation try for the home side in the 73rd minute but they succumbed to a 28 point defeat.
Team line up:
Harlequins: David; Green, Beard, Esterhuizen, Lynagh; Smith, Porter; Marler, Walker, Collier, Launchbury, Hammond, Lamb, W Evans, Dombrandt (capt).
Reserves: Riley, Baxter, Lewis, Cunningham-South, Chisholm, Care, J Evans, Joseph.
Saracens: Goode; Lewington, Lozowski, Tompkins, Parton; Farrell (capt), van Zyl; M Vunipola, George, Riccioni, Itoje, Tizard, Gonzalez, Christie, B Vunipola.
Reserves: Dan, Mawi, Clarey, Willis, Stonham, Davies, Hartley, Harris.
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