Saracens 44-3 Ospreys: Premiership side respond with emphatic Champions Cup home win
Saracens vs Ospreys
1:00pm Saturday 23rd November
Champions Saracens reacted to Racing 92 at Paris win over the Ospreys in London.
Tries from Jack Singleton, Rotimi Segun (two), Alex Lewington and Richard Barrington, along with a penalty attempt, watched the Premiership side-by-side to a Pool 4 success at Allianz Park.
The Ospreys, who still missed Wales trio Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric along with George North, were second-best across the park without Billy Vunipola, England internationals Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje.
The success also came affirming they would not ask a review of the choice to hand out a deduction due to the salary cap breaches of the club of Premiership Rugby.
Next up in this particular pool, Saracens face Munster at Thomond Park in 2 weeks’ time, whereas Ospreys host Racing 92.
A pair of fairly controversial offside calls brought about the first points of the game for the other hand, as Elliot Daly struck from distance off the tee on his Saracens introduction after 13 minutes, before Manu Vunipola did similarly on 18 minutes from closer in for 6-0.
Three minutes later, Saracens were over as hooker Singleton touched down at the rear of rolling maul after an attacking lineout to the opening try.
Ospreys got themselves onto the plank of the half-hour after Sarries prop Titi Lamositele was penalised for collapsing, when a penalty struck from space, but things would quickly get worse for the Welsh area.
Saracens were next to score in minutes as wing Segun seared down the ideal wing after a Tom Whitely kick and pass and superb Daly break.
Segun winger Lewington was the next try-scorer as a great Saracens move full of energy down the left saw the wing stride with centre Brad Barritt making the killer pass, over untouched.
Seven minutes into the second period was wrapped up by Saracens and Daly was the architect for Segun to sprint into his second score, as he broke a tackle and offloaded brightly, sucking two gamers.
The upcoming points wouldn’t arrive until the 62nd minute, but again it had been Saracens as two scrum pushes five metres from the Ospreys try-line – the unrelenting – pressured referee Mathieu Raynal to operate.
Barrington pushed his way across the line and Ben Earl latched on to induce the replacement brace over.
And that was how the scoring remained together with Sarries attentions turning back into the Premiership, prior to a sided with Munster to the weekends of December 7 and December 14 in Pool 4.