Premiership: Saracens 35-3 Exeter Chiefs – Leaders win bonus points

Saracens winger Sean Maitland
Saracens winger Sean Maitland finished off Owen Farrell’s spot-kick to score his side’s second try.
Saracens (19) 35
Tries: Christie, Maitland, Riccioni, Lewington, Tompkins Disadvantages: Farrell 2 Pen: Farrell 2
Exeter Chiefs (3) 3
Pen: Simmonds

Saracens took their lead at the top of the Premiership back to 10 points with a dominant win over Exeter Chiefs.

Andy Christie’s close-range effort opened the scoring for the home side after 10 minutes before Exeter’s Joe Simmonds reduced the deficit with a penalty.

But Sarris fought back well through Sean Maitland, and Marco Riccioni’s half-time score made it 19-3.

Alex Lewington added the bonus point after 71 minutes and Nick Tompkins crossed the line late on.

The win takes Saracens top of the league in 2023 with just one defeat in their opening eleven Premiership games, while the Chiefs remain in sixth place and have now lost four of their last six league games.

Sarris responded well to his first defeat of the league season against the London Irish on December 23 and went into the game with their lead at the top cut to five points when it was impressive The sales have crushed Leicester Tigers. the manufacture.

Mark McCall’s men enjoyed plenty of pressure early on and took the lead through an inventive set-piece that saw Mako Vunipola tap a penalty five meters out before passing to Christie, who broke through the Chiefs tacklers to slot home White.

After the home side lost Elliott Daley to a head injury, with the Englishman replaced by Alex Lozowski, the Chiefs hit back to reduce the deficit to 7-3 after 21 minutes through Simmonds’ penalty.

However, their joy was short-lived as Sarris went straight back on the front foot and Maitland narrowly missed pressing down on Farrell’s kick to register his 32nd Premiership try.

Alex Lewington
Substitute winger Alex Lewington beat Joe Simmonds’ tackle to score Saracens bonus points

The home side scored their third of the afternoon as the clock ticked into red at the end of the first half, with an expert five-yard lineout that saw Maro Itoje claim the catch and quickly pass the ball to Riccioni to power over, with Farrell adding the extras to make it 19-3 at the break.

England captain Farrell added two penalties in the opening 10 minutes of the second half to extend the lead to 22 points before Ben Earl was brought on to make his 100th appearance for the club.

Saracens remained firmly in control throughout the second half and finally grabbed their bonus point in the 71st minute when Farrell turned an excellent pass behind the full-back to replace winger Lewington to slide over the line.

Wales international Tompkins then made a last-minute switch from the forward line out on a day to forget about a well-beaten Exeter who were second best throughout.

Saracens: Goode, Malins, Daly, Tompkins, Maitland, Farrell, van Zyl, M Vunipola, George, Riccioni, Itoje, Isiekwe, Christie, Wray, B Vunipola

Replacements: Pifeleti, Mawi, Bello, Tizard, Earl, Davies, Lozowski, Lewington

Exeter Chiefs: Hodge, Nowell, Slade, Kata, Woodburn, Simmonds, Maunder, Sio, Yeandle, Williams, van Heerden, Gray, Grondona, Tshiunza, Fisilau

Replacements: Frost, Iosefa-Scott, Schickerling, Dunne, Pearson, Cairns, Hendrickson, O’Loughlin

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys.

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