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Saracens 25-20 Worcester Warriors

Saracens (9) 25
Tries: De Kock Cons: Jackson Pens: Jackson 6
Worcester (13) 20
Tries: Wood, penalty Cons: Walker 2 Pens: Walker 2


Glen Jackson takes on the Worcester defence
Saracens fly-half Jackson claimed a 20-point haul at Wembley

Saracens came from behind to beat Worcester in front of more than 40,000 at Wembley on Saturday and go back to the top of the Guinness Premiership.

A brace of penalties from Willie Walker and Glen Jackson made it 6-6 early on.

Worcester went back in front via Tom Wood's converted try but two Jackson penalties made it 13-12 on 42 minutes.

A penalty try then gave Worcester an eight-point lead but two more Jackson penalties and a converted Neil de Kock try saw Saracens reel in the visitors.

It was Saracens' third win of the season at Wembley - they have also beaten Northampton and world champions South Africa here - making it a successful return to what is fast becoming their second home.

Leicester will reclaim top spot if they beat Leeds away on Sunday, while Worcester stay second from bottom despite their losing bonus point.


Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter:

"We were very flat in the first half and I don't know why.

"And it couldn't have been going any worse when we conceded a penalty try and a yellow card.

"We just fought back and fought back. Even with a yellow card, we were the better team.

"In the end, we played like Saracens should play. We tackled properly, chased our kicks properly and kept the ball in hand. I am very proud of the guys."

Worcester director of rugby Mike Ruddock:
"It was a great breakaway try from Saracens. It was a 14-point swing because it could have been us under the sticks.

"We were totally committed to that attack and that broke our hearts, I think.

"We outscored them two tries to one and played all the rugby, especially in the first half.

"Up until their try, they didn't look like breaching our line. We controlled the game. We put a performance we can be proud of but we just couldn't get the result we wanted.

"Our strategies were good, our tactics worked really well and we almost got the result because of it.

"Although we lost, I think there will be a lot of fans coming away from the match thinking Worcester were the better team."


Saracens: Goode; Tagicakibau, Ratuvou, Barritt, Wyles; Jackson, de Kock; Lealamanua, Brits, Skuse, Smith, Ryder, van Heerden, Saull, Joubert.

Replacements: Marshall for de Kock (63), Gill for Lealamanua (41), Nieto for Skuse (41), Botha for Ryder (51), Burger for van Heerden (59).
Not Used: Reynecke, Hougaard, Cato.

Sin Bin: Nieto (47).

Worcester: Latham, Pennell, Rasmussen, Tuitupou, Benjamin, Walker, Arr, A. Black, Fortey, Taumoepeau, Rawlinson, Gillies, Wood, Sanderson, Horstmann.

Replacements: Gear for Pennell (71), Jones for Walker (71), Powell for Arr (71), Sourgens for Taumoepeau (69), Cracknell for Wood (58).
Not Used: Gilding, Lutui, Kitchener.

Sin Bin: Rawlinson (78).

Att: 40,163.

Ref: Dave Pearson (RFU).




see also
Saracens 15-22 Leicester
02 Jan 10 |  Rugby Union
Ruddock happy with Black's form
11 Feb 10 |  Worcester
Gloucester 13-13 Worcester
01 Jan 10 |  Rugby Union


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