Owen Farrell sent off for high tackle as Wasps beat Saracens 18-28

Owen Farrell's red card proved costly for Saracens
Owen Farrell's red card proved costly for Saracens

Saracens 18-28 Wasps, Allianz Park

Owen Farrell's red-card in the 61st minute proved costly as Wasps defeated 14-man Saracens 18-28 in the 18th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Allianz Park on Saturday.

The win meant Wasps are at fourth place with 51 points while Saracens despite their sixth defeat from 18 games will face automatic relegation at the end of the ongoing season.

Saracens made a bright start to the game with England international Elliot Daly crossing the whitewash against his former club in the third minute and Farrell kicked the extras to take them to a seven point lead.

The rest of the first half saw Jimmy Gopperth kicked four penalty goals as Wasps took a 7-12 lead heading into the break.

Farrell cut down the deficit with a three-pointer early in the second half and the home side seized into the lead after the England skipper set up Sean Maitland over the line in the 51st minute making the scoreline 15-12.

As Gopperth kicked two more penalties, Wasps moved to a 15-18 lead before Farrell was red-carded for a high tackle on Charlie Atkinson, who was on his second Premiership start. Farrell stood on the side until Atkinson was able to walk off and apologised for the tackle but it reduced Saracens to 14-men for the final quarter.

Alex Goode on his 300th appearance for the club kicked a 65th minute penalty goal to help them level the score but playing with a player less did take a toll on Mark McCall's men as Willis dotted down in the 71st minute and Gopperth kicked a conversion and a penalty to complete a 10-point victory for Wasps.

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