Saracens 47-13 Bristol Bears, Allianz Park
Saracens continued their impressive run in the ongoing Gallagher Premiership as they defeated Bristol Bears 47-13 in the sixth round at Allianz Park.
The victory was also Saracens' fifth consecutive victory in the tournament but they still continue to be at the bottom as they were docked 35 points for a breach in salary cap while Bristol are at third with 17 points.
Bristol got off to a fantastic start with a 10th minute try from Luke Morahan while Callum Sheedy kicked the conversion to make it 7-0 but Saracens went on to level the scores with Mako Vunipola dotting down in the 14th minute.
Callum Sheedy's back to back penalties provided the visitors with a six-point lead but it was Mark McCall's side that went into the break with a one-point lead with first of Max Malins try at the stroke of half-time.
There was no respite whatsoever for Bristol in the second half with Nick Tompkins and Ben Earl dotting down in the first 10 minutes after the break to take them to a 15-point lead.
Their momentum took a further boost when Bristol were reduced to 14-men temporarily with Harry Thacker's yellow card allowing Malins his second try in the game to help them claim a bonus point.
The home side displayed great strength as tries from Brad Barritt and Tompkins in the 64th and 70th minutes respectively ensured a 34 point convincing win to aid in their battle for avoiding relegation.
"We are not counting points; well I am certainly not looking at the table," said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.
"We don’t think we’ve been playing as well as we could have been playing.
"I’m actually really pleased with the way we defended in the last 15 minutes because the game was done and won, and I thought we had an appetite not to concede during that period which was really encouraging.
"I thought we played really well in the first half to be honest, it just wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard".
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