Brits and Burger help Sarries book semi spot

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:58
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PREMIERSHIP MACTH REPORT: Saracens booked their place in the Premiership Rugby semi-finals with a handsome bonus-point 41-6 win at home to Bath Rugby, on the day of Chris Wyles’ 250th club appearance.

Wyles was given a standing ovation before the match as he paraded with his son Finn and then played his part in a complete Saracens display.

Schalk Brits, who will leave the club this summer along with Wyles, got the ball rolling before further scores from Liam Williams, Richard Wigglesworth, Farrell, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer cemented victory.

The win ensures they will once again be in the semi-finals as they attempt to win the title for the third time in four years.

Saracens started on the front foot, with hooker Brits relentless in his work ethic as he hurried and hassled Bath.

And it was he who crossed for the game’s first try, regathering the ball at the back of an attacking line-out and powering across at the back of a driving maul.

And just after the 20-minute mark they notched a second, with Owen Farrell’s tackle on Aled Brew dislodging the ball and Nick Isiekwe setting Williams clear to cross.

Bath were handed a blow when centre Jonathan Joseph limped off with an injury but Rhys Priestland kept them in striking distance with two penalties.

However, Saracens got the third after the break to regain the lead – with scrumhalf Richard Wigglesworth crossing after a superb pop-up pass from winger Williams.

Farrell got in the act shortly after to confirm the bonus point as he intercepted a loose Bath pass and ran in unopposed.

The hosts were not done there, with powerful flanker Burger and replacement scrumhalf Spencer also getting in on the act.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries:
Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth, Farrell, Burger, Spencer
Cons: Farrell 4
Pen: Farrell

For Bath:
Pens
: Priestland 2

Saracens: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 George Kruis, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Alex Goode

Bath: 15 James Wilson, 14 Matt Banahan, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Tom Ellis, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Charlie Ewels (captain), 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Victor Delmas, 19 James Phillips, 20 Paul Grant, 21 Max Green, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Tom Homer

Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant referees: Christophe Ridley, Peter Allan
TMO: Geoffrey Warren

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