Match Report: Saracens 44-26 Scarlets – Bonus-Point Victory For Sarries
Saracens Champions Cup defence continues to gather momentum after a 44-26 win against Scarlets
Tries from Mako Vunipola and Nick Tomkins combined with the boot of Owen Farrell gave Sarries a 20-12 lead at half-time
Marcelo Bosch, Chris Wyles and Michael Rhodes dived over to secure the bonus-point win after the restart
Saracens made it back-to-back wins in their Champions Cup defence with a convincing bonus-point victory over Scarlets at Allianz Park on Saturday evening.
First half tries from prop Mako Vunipola and centre Nick Tompkins combined with the boot of Owen Farrell sent the reigning European Champions into the break with a 20-12 lead over their visitors, Scarlets replying with four penalties from fly-half Rhys Patchell.
Saracens continued to dominate after the restart with further scores from centre Marcelo Bosch, winger Chris Wyles and flanker Michael Rhodes securing the bonus-point win while Farrell, who kicked eight from eight, made up the hosts total from the tee as they triumphed 44-26 come full time.
The Welsh visitors fell short of a losing bonus-point but did get two tries for their mass efforts in the second-half with Aaron Shingler and Jonathan Davies powering over.
The away side took a surprise lead early on as Patchell made the most of a Sarries mistake to knock over a penalty, 0-3.
Saracens didn’t take long to go in front with England prop Mako Vunipola throwing a lovely dummy before wrestling his way over the whitewash for the opening try after 11 minutes. Fly-half Farrell then knocked over the conversion to make it 7-3 to the hosts.
Patchell responded with another three-pointer for the Scarlets but Farrell matched him with a kick of his own soon after to sustain Sarries four-point advantage, 10-6.
The home side were then able to put daylight between themselves and Scarlets as Tomkins spectacularly sliced through the Welsh regions defence to score. Farrell again added the extras.
Patchell and the England fly-half then traded penalties as Sarries took a strong 20-9 lead into half-time.
Saracens continued their dominance after the restart with Bosch running in their third try following some more great work from Make Vunipola after 47 minutes.
Farrell again added the extras before knocking over another superb conversion soon after as Wyles bounced off a couple of attempted tackles before diving over the whitewash to score the home side’s crucial fourth try to secure the bonus-point.