Saracens return back to winning ways with 38-24 triumph over Harlequins

Maro Itoje scored one of the tries for Saracens
Maro Itoje scored one of the tries for Saracens

Saracens 38-24 Harlequins, Allianz Park

Saracens bounced back from their defeat against Bristol Bears as they defeated Harlequins 38-24 in the 15th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Allianz Park on Saturday.

This is Saracens' 10th win from 15 games but despite that they will move to the second tier next season as they face automatic relegation while Harlequins are at seventh place.

Owen Farrell returned to Saracens on what was his 200th appearance for the club and it was his first game since the Six Nations game against Wales.

Sarries just took three minutes to open their account when Maro Itoje sent Sean Maitland over the line at the back of a line out. Farrell missed the conversion but made amends in the 14th minute when he kicked a penalty goal to make it 8-0.

Harlequins got off the mark around the half-hour mark when Marcus Smith kicked a three-pointer but the home side finished the first half strong when Sam Crean set up Itoje over the line and Aled Davies also followed the suit. Farrell kicked both the conversions as Saracens had a 22-3 lead heading into the break.

Farrell extended Saracens' lead to 25 points with back to back penalties in the second half but Harlequins bounced back with converted tries from Paul Lasike and Scott Steele. Even though Lasike scored his second with five minutes left in the game, it went in vain as Alex Lewington's 76th minute try helped Mark McCall's men complete the bonus point victory.

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