Hougaard helps War­riors see off young Sara­cens

At Sixways

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Charles Richard­son Worces­ter

A haul of 10 tries was prob­a­bly not what was ex­pected in this largely mean­ing­less fix­ture at a moist Sixways, but Worces­ter con­tin­ued Sara­cens’ dreary week by putting an in­ex­pe­ri­enced side to the sword and

keep­ing alive their slim hopes of Cham­pi­ons Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

For Sara­cens, di­rec­tor of rugby Mark McCall ad­mit­ted that his fo­cus last night was not on the re­sult. “The out­come is not the im­por­tant thing,” he said. “It was the ex­po­sure of a num­ber of very young play­ers to Premier­ship rugby. We had a num­ber of 19 and 20-year-olds mak­ing their de­buts. We are very ex­cited about this group.”

When Worces­ter raced into an early lead, with out­stand­ing scrumhalf Fran­cois Hougaard snip­ing over, it looked as if it could be a long night for Sara­cens. Hougaard, how­ever, was “dis­ap­pointed” that his team could not pull away. “When you have your foot on the throat you have to keep it there,” he said.

And, for pe­ri­ods in this game, Sara­cens’ fresh-faced line-up did cause prob­lems. Cen­tre Juan Pablo So­cino’s neat off­load put cen­tre part­ner Char­lie Wat­son clear to level the scores, be­fore wing Noah He­ward col­lected a Hougaard grub­ber to re­store Worces­ter’s lead.

That lasted for all of 10 sec­onds as a fum­bled restart al­lowed Wat­son to cross for his sec­ond try. A Worces­ter penalty try gave them breath­ing space, be­fore He­ward and Hougaard com­bined again to give their side the bonus point. Sara­cens stayed in touch through an Ali Cross­dale try, de­spite the sin-bin­ning of Sam Crean, but a late smash-and-grab from Worces­ter, with cen­tre Ash­ley Beck and cap­tain Ted Hill scor­ing, put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

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