Worcester Warriors beat depleted Saracens 40-27

Francois Hougaard scored two of Worcester's tries
Francois Hougaard scored two of Worcester's tries

Worcester Warriors 40-27 Saracens, Sixways Stadium

Worcester Warriors scored six tries as they went on to defeat a depleted Saracens side 40-27 in the 21st round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sixways Stadium on Wednesday.

Worcester are positioned ninth in the table after a win while Saracens will finish the season at the bottom following their series of salary cap breaches that will see them play in the second tier Championship next season.

Worcester were the quickest to open the account when opted for a line out instead of penalty following Francois Hougaard's third minute try and Billy Searle kicked the conversion.

Saracens' response came in the 11th minute when Juan Pablo Socino went past a tackle from Billy Searle allowing Charlie Watson to score that Manu Vunipola improved making it 7-7.

The home side seized into the lead when Hougaard's pass was collected by Noah Heward as he went over the line in the 16th minute before Watson's second came in the 18th minute as the score continued to be levelled at 14-14 in the opening quarter.

The start of the second quarter saw Elliot Obatoyinbo was yellow-carded for a knock on that also resulted in a penalty try for the home side to give them a seven point lead which became 14 around the half-hour mark when Hougaard collected a pass from Heward to dot down making it 28-14.

At the stroke of half-time, Ali Crossdale touched down to reduce Saracens' deficit to nine points heading into the break.

Just as the Saracens returned to full strength, they once again had a player down temporarily with Sam Crean sin-binned in the 47th minute but they did well not to concede a point in the next 10 minutes. A penalty kick from Cameron Boon made the scoreline 28-22 but tries from Ashley Beck (67') and Ted Hill (78') sealed the game for the Warriors taking their tally to 40 points.

Crossdale's second provided some consolation from Saracens but that could not prevent them from losing the game by 13 points.

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