Match Centre: Gallagher Premiership: Saracens 40-22 Exeter Chiefs

Owen Farrell contributed with 15 points for Saracens
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Saracens 40-22 Exeter Chiefs, StoneX Stadium

Owen Farrell contributed with 15 points as Saracens recorded a 40-22 bonus point victory over Exeter Chiefs at the StoneX Stadium on Saturday.

The scores were level at 15-15 by the end of the opening half but Mark McCall's men dominated the second period as they moved up to fourth place in the table with 36 points while Exeter are fifth with 35 points.

It took Saracens just five minutes to get their first try as James Hadfield dived over from close range but Farrell missed the conversion. The Chiefs struck back in the ninth minute as Olly Woodburn collected a looping pass to touchdown and Harry Skinner's missed conversion meant the scores were level.

Saracens seized the lead back in the 13th minute as Andy Christie set up Ivan van Zyl for their second try but his effort was negated when Greg Fisilau went over the line in the 25th minute making it 12-12.

As the break was approaching, Farrell and Hodge traded penalties as the teams completed the opening half with a score of 15-15.

Saracens were the quickest to get off the blocks in the second half as Rotimi Segun sent a perfectly weighted kick for Juan Martin Gonzalez to crossover and Farrell improved it to make it 22-15, but the Chiefs came back to level the scores once again in the 49th minute as Hodge ran 70 metres to set up a try for Rus Tuima.

As the game entered the final quarter, Farrell -with a penalty goal and a drop goal - extended Saracens' lead to six points while Hadfield scored his second as he powered his way over the line and Farrell improved it to make it 35-22. As the game entered the closing stages, McFarland pounced on a dropped ball to go over as Saracens completed an 18 point victory.

Team line up:

Saracens: Goode; Segun, Tompkins, Hartley, Lewington; Farrell (capt), van Zyl; Mulipola, Hadfield, Judge, McFarland, Tizard, Gonzalez, Christie, B Vunipola.

Reserves: Crean, Mawi, Hoskins, Stonham, Knight, Simpson, Cinti, Parton.

Exeter: Hodge; Hammersley, Wimbush, Devoto, Woodburn; Skinner, Townsend; Hepburn, Yeandle, Street, Tuima, Jenkins (capt), Pearson, Vermeulen, Fisilau.

Reserves: Frost, Southworth, Iosefa-Scott, Dunne, Vintcent, Cairns, McCaig, Relton.

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