Saracens finish with flourish
London: When Saracens finally got going at Twickenham yesterday new audiences in America may have already switched off. The Aviva Premiership is expanding to new markets but those across the Atlantic who rose early to watch the ‘Game of the Week’ for the first time on NBC TV would have been forgiven for heading back to bed after the first half. A far cry from the excitement and drama under the Friday night lights at Kingsholm the Waisea Nayacalevu. day before, this one took a half to get going.
Only 6-3 at the break, with mistakes aplenty, it was not the best sell. But within six minutes of the second half beginning it was over as a contest as Saracens clicked into gear to win 35-3.While it may not have been the best showcase of English rugby for the American broadcaster, who signed a three-year-deal to show 24 matches a season, those who did stick with it would have seen the champions win well in cruise control. The north Londoners scored four tries in total, through Jamie George, Alex Lozowski, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer for a routine bonus-point win, as the Worcester defence, so solid in the first 40 minutes, became all the more porous as the game wore on.
It was a dour first half, with far too many basic handling errors. Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall admitted: ‘I am happy we got five points, but not happy overall. ‘It was a hugely rusty performance. I thought we defended really well so that’s always something to hang your hat on. It was pretty calm at half time and we were pretty ruthless in that first 15 minutes of the second half.’ Results: Aviva Premiership- Harlequins 21-19 Bristol: Saracens 35-3 Worcester, Northampton 14-18 Bath, Newcastle 19-17 Sale, Gloucester 31-38 Leicester.
Guinness Pro 12: Cardiff Blues 3416 Edinburgh, Connacht 5-41 Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets13-23 Munster, Leinster 20-8 Benneton Treviso, Ospreys 59-5 Zebre, Ulster29-8 Newport Gwent Dragons. Planet Rugby