Match Centre: Saracens 61-29 Worcester Warriors

Billy Vunipola scored two tries for Saracens
Billy Vunipola scored two tries for Saracens

Saracens 61-29 Worcester Warriors, StoneX Stadium

Alex Lewington and Billy Vunipola scored two tries apiece as Saracens returned back to winning ways with a 61-29 victory over Worcester Warriors at StoneX Stadium.

The result will be a big relief to McCall's men, who had a rough outing in the European Challenge Cup after losing to Edinburgh in the opening round followed by a Covid cancellation fixture against Section Paloise.

Saracens are at second position in the table with seven wins from 10 games while Worcester Warriors are at 10th position after managing just three wins from 11 games.

Lewington started the proceedings with a fifth minute try as he capitalised on a dummy from Alex Goode to score and in the 10th minute it was Billy Vunipola dived in the corner at the back of a scrum to make it 12-0.

The third try came in the 15th minute with Max Malins racing away to breach the defence of the Warriors with the attack seeing eventually Goode touching down and seven minutes later the bonus point came for the home side as Goode's perfectly weighed grubber kick was capitalised by Nick Tompkins as he crossed over in the 22nd minute making it 26-0.

There was no stopping the Sarries as Malins popped top an offload to Nick Isiekwe dived from close range and Lozowski improved it making it 33-0 before Worcester finally opened their account through Joe Batley's try as he spotted the gap to touchdown.

Lewington restored the 33-point lead for Saracens at the end of the opening half with his second try that came after Lozowski kicked a penalty to the corner following which they set up a line out. Lozowski kicked the conversion as Saracens raced to a 40-7 lead heading into the break.

Worcester showed better response in the second half with Francois Venter stepping past a couple of defenders to crossover in the 45th minute and the conversion meant the scoreline became 40-14. Nevertheless, Goode was once again the cornerstone of Saracens attack with this time setting up Ben Earl over the line and Lozowski's conversion extended their lead to 23 points.

The home side took their tally past the 50-point mark with Billy Vunipola diving from close range at the back of a powerful rolling maul before Malins also went over after collecting a long delayed pass from Vincent Koch. Even though Worcester staged a late fightback through tries from Venter, Gareth Simpson and Ashley Beck in the final 10 minutes that helped them claim a bonus point, Saracens were the dominant among the two sides as they completed a 61-29 win.

Team line up:

Saracens: Malins; Maitland, Lozowski, Tompkins, Lewington; Goode, Davies; Mako Vunipola, Lewis, Koch, Itoje, Isiekwe, Wray, Earl, B Vunipola.

Reserves: Woolstencroft, Barrington, Beaton, Swinson, McFarland, Van Zyl, Manu Vunipola, Daly.

Worcester: Shillcock; Hearle, Venter, Beck, Van der Merwe; Smith, Chudley; Waller, Baldwin, Tyack, Batley, Kitchener, Hatherell, Hill, Vailanu.

Reserves: Annett, Owen, Judge, Kvesic, Lewis, Simpson, Morris, Nanai.

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