Saracens secure 17-32 bonus-point victory despite second half revival from Scarlets

Saracens' Mike Ellery was among the tryscorers for his team in the win at Scarlets.
Saracens' Mike Ellery was among the tryscorers for his team in the win at Scarlets.
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Scarlets 17-32 Saracens, Llanelli

A spirited second half performance from Scarlets was not enough as Saracens completed a 17-32 victory in their Anglo-Welsh encounter in Llanelli on Friday.

This is Saracens second win in three games which saw them claim the pole position in Pool 1 with two victories from three matches while Scarlets are placed third in Pool 4.

It was a total dominating performance from Saracens in the first half as centre Nick Tompkins and fullback Matt Gallagher crossed over in the 16th and 23rd minute respectively. Fly-half Max Malins too contributed with a double penalty and a conversion as the visitors got to 18-point lead at half-time.

Scarlets made a strong comeback in the second half after number eight Morgan Allen strolled past the post in the 52nd minute and it was sandwiched between a penalty and a conversion from fly-half Jack Maynard, which reduced the deficit to eight points.

A 54th minute sin-bin for Rotimi Segun saw Saracens reduce to 14-men temporarily. Despite the setback, wing Mike Ellery stretched the lead further with a 62nd minute try.

Even though, replacement fly-half Billy McBryde gave a glimmer of hope to Scarlets with a converted try, Saracens replacement Tom Whiteley negated it with a converted try of his own as the visitors completed a 15-point win.

 

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