Saracens book quarter-finals berth after beating Lyon 28-10

Ben Spencer scored Saracens' final try
Ben Spencer scored Saracens' final try
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Lyon 10-28 Saracens, Matmut Stadium de Gerland
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Nick Tompkins scored a double as Saracens completed a 10-28 bonus point victory over Lyon to reach the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at Matmut Stadium de Gerland on Sunday.

Saracens now have the most points in the competition after five rounds with 23 points while Lyon are yet to open their account in the tournament after losing all five games.

A seventh minute drop goal from Jonathan Wisniewski kick started the proceedings for Lyon but the Premiership champions bounced back hard with back to back tries from Nick Tompkins (23') and Jackson Wray (31'). Owen Farrell kicked both the conversions as the visitors had a 3-14 lead heading into the break.

The former England Under 20 Tompkins once again had the spotlight as he dived from close range at the start of the second half but in a bizarre incident Maro Itoje on his comeback game was sin-binned for slapping the ball out of Charl McLeod's hands. That hardly made a difference as Lyon also lost Albertus Buckle to sin-bin.

Ben Spencer helped Saracens claim the try bonus point with a 60th minute try as they went on to complete a comfortable victory despite a consolation effort from Alexis Palisson in the 71st minute.

 

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