Farrell blow as Sarries tame Tigers

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 05:23
The 22-year-old was knocked out after his head made contact with the hip of Vereniki Goneva

Saracens demonstrated their title credentials with a crushing 49-10 defeat of Leicester, but Owen Farrell was stretchered off.

On an afternoon of howling wind and driving rain, Chris Ashton crossed twice, Jack Wilson, Billy Vunipola and Jackson Wray each scored tries and referee Wayne Barnes also awarded a penalty try.

However, the game's closing stages were overshadowed by an injury to England flyhalf Farrell.

The 22-year-old was knocked out after his head made contact with the hip of Vereniki Goneva as he made a tackle and after receiving treatment for 10 minutes, he was stretchered off.

It curtailed a fine performance from Farrell, who had kicked three penalties and two conversions as Saracens condemned title rivals Leicester to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall played down the significance of the injury though, saying: "Owen has a bang on the head and will go through the normal protocols, but is fine.

"We're really pleased with the performance in both halves. Overall, every area of our game was very good."

Leicester's humiliation was compounded by the news that captain Toby Flood will leave the club at the end of the season.

Elsewhere, second-place Northampton kept Saracens within their sights by edging Wasps 17-15 in a dramatic game at Adams Park.

Wasps led 15-14 with 40 seconds to play, but they were penalised for an infringement at a scrum and Stephen Myler held his nerve to convert a decisive penalty from 40 metres out near the touchline.

"The referee made a couple of close decisions. He made a brave decision at the first scrum and we were lucky it went our way," said Northampton coach Jim Mallinder.

"Stephen Myler is steady in those circumstances and kicked very well throughout the game."

Third-place Bath beat fourth-place Harlequins 14-3, while Exeter defeated Newcastle 16-3.

All of Saturday's match details:

Saracens 49-10 Leicester Tigers

The scorers:

Wilson, Ashton 2, B Vunipola, Wray, Penalty Try
Cons: Farrell 2, Hodgson 2
Pens: Farrell 3

Con: Lamb
Pen: Lamb

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Chris Wyles, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Ernst Joubert. 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Billy Vunipola, 5 Alastair Hargreaves, 4 Steve Borthwick (captain), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Jamie George, 1 Richard Barrington.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Ben Ransom.

Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Matt Smith, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane (captain), 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Boris Stankovich.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Jérôme Schuster, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 David Mélé, 22 Terrence Hepetema, 23 Adam Thompstone.

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant referees: Andy Watson, Robin Goodliffe
TMO: Graham Hughes

Exeter Chiefs 16-3 New castle Falcons

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Con: Steenson
Pens: Steenson 3

For Newcastle:

The teams:

15 Luke Arscott, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Tom James, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Ben White, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dean Mumm (captain), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Chris Whitehead, 17 Brett Sturgess, 18 Alex Brown, 19 James Hanks, 20 Don Armand, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Fetu'u Vainikolo.

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Ally Hogg (captain), 7 Andy Saull, 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Carlo del Fava, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Will Welch, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Jamie Helleur.

Referee: Greg Garner

Bath 14-3 Harlequins

The scorers:

For Bath:
Pens: Ford 3

For Harlequins:

The teams:

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10, George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Stuart Hooper (captain), 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Eusebio Guinazu, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19. Dominic Day, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Ollie Devoto.

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Luke Wallace, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Paul Doran Jones, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Nick Kennedy, 20 Tom Guest, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Ollie Lindsay-Hague.

Referee: Martin Fox

London Wasps 15-17 Northampton Saints

The scorers:

For Wasps:
Daly, Goode 2, Carlisle 2

For Northampton:
Pens: Myler 4

London Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Will Helu, 13 Chris Bell (captain), 12 Charlie Hayter, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Sam Jones, 7 James Haskell, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Taione Vea, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 James Cannon, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Andrew Suniula

Northampton: 15 Ken Pisi, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 George North, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Tom Wood (captain), 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Alex Waller
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Phil Dowson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Glenn Dickson, 23 Tom Stephenson

Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant referees: Ashley Rowden, Peter Huckle
TMO: David Sainsbury