Sarries sink Quins to maintain top four finish. 25th
24th March 2018
SARACENS 24 HARLEQUINS 11
Aviva Premiership Saturday 24th March 2018
Peter Moore at The London Stadium
Two first-half tries from Liam Williams and Maro Itoje alongside 14 points from the boot of Alex Lozowski was enough to see of Harlequins at the London Stadium.
As the Aviva Premiership returned after a two-week break, at a sold-out London Stadium it was the battle of Sarries against Quins.
Quins welcomed the return of their International players after the Six Nations had concluded. The visitors were also boosted by the return from Injury of Jack Clifford. The Back Rower was named on the replacements bench, after recovering from a shoulder injury which has seen Clifford out since October 2017. Saracens welcomed back their international players apart from George Kruis and Owen Farrell, who picked up injuries during the six nations tournament.
Sarries were out of the blocks quickly and were on the board inside the opening two minutes when Robshaw was penalised, with Alex Lozowski slotting over the resulting penalty. Following a terrific burst of pace from Liam Williams down the middle, the ball was worked out to the right where Liam Williams dotted down in the corner. Lozowski kicked the extras to give the hosts a 10-0 lead after 10 minutes.
Quins eventually got themselves back into the game with two successful penalty kicks inside five minutes from Demetri Catrakilis to reduce the gap. The fly half soon afterwards unfortunately had to leave the field with an injury. Marcus Smith entered the fray, but shortly afterwards Sarries added five more points on the board when Maro Itoje powered through to cross in the corner. The conversion was missed, but the home side increased their lead to nine points. Onn the stroke of half time Harlequins conceded a penalty, with Lozowski kicking over the posts to give the home side a big advantage going into the break leading 18-6.
After the break Saracens replaced all of their front row with Schalke Brits and Mako Vunipola entering the fray whilst Quins brought on Joe Marler, Francis Saili and Clifford. Within five minutes of the restart Quins, inspired by Smith, had reduced the gap following a scrum, James Horwill went over. Smith missed the extras, only for Sarries to immediately hit back with a Lozowski penalty kick. With ten minutes to go Sarries were down to 14 men when replacement Max Mallins was shown a yellow card. Despite being one man down, Sarries added three further points with a Lozowski penalty to wrap up victory for the home side, and enhance their position in the top four whilst Quins remain in the lower end of the table.