Lozowski is centre stage as Saracens return to top
They increased it with two more Madigan penalties while shutting out their opponents who need to get a grip in a league that has no respect for reputation.
One of the Premiership’s runaway leaders falters ; the other strides out with a certain inevitability. Saracens go top, the only team unbeaten, nine from nine. Their unbeaten run in all competitions extends to 20, their last defeat being to Leinster in the quarter- fi nals of Europe in April.
They were a long way from their best, a somewhat makeshift line- up in this awkward weekend between the autumn internationals and Europe, but they had too much for a similarly unfamiliar Wasps team. This was not the try- fest of last season’s Premiership play- off between these two but the dominance of the one side over the other was very much the same, even if it took a while to translate into points. “I’m most pleased that we didn’t become frustrated by the territory and possession we had,” said Saracens’ director of rugby, Mark McCall.
Alex Lozowski, who had won the kicking audition over Alex Goode in the absence of Owen Farrell and Ben Spencer, collected 19 points, landing seven from seven. Having excelled on the wing last week, he moved into the centre this, where he is happiest.
Opposite him was another England international, Elliot Daly, whose coach also described him as happiest in the No13 shirt, even if England are playing him at full- back these days. Further evidence of his discomfort at No15 was supplied by his handing Saracens a late try to seal the win, covering back to fi eld Lozowski’s long clearance and fl inging the ball infi eld to Nick Isiekwe for a simple try.
A marauding Maro Itoje takes the game to Wasps as Saracens took advantage of Exeter’s Friday night falter against Harlequins