Struggling Saracens thrashed by Wasps

Last Updated: 21/02/20 10:51pm

Zach Kibirige scored twice for Wasps at the Ricoh Arena
Zach Kibirige scored twice for Wasps at the Ricoh Arena

Saracens were thrashed 60-10 as Wasps demolished the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions.

The hosts played some delightful rugby at the Ricoh Arena to run in eight tries against the English and European champions, who have been deducted 105 points to ensure they finish bottom after repeated breaches of the salary cap.

Zach Kibirige and Brad Shields each scored two tries with Jack Willis, Nizaam Carr, Jacob Umaga and Gabriel Oghre grabbing one apiece. Jimmy Gopperth converted seven and added two penalties.

Ali Crossdale and Alex Lewington responded with tries for Saracens.

Wasps suffered a blow before kick-off when prop Kieran Brookes and flanker Thomas Young were forced to withdraw through injury.

They quickly overcame the setback to take an early lead when Gopperth kicked a straightforward penalty.

Saracens, who lost wing Rotimi Segun to an injury in the warm-up, soon fell further behind when Willis forced his way over from close range after Wasps had been gifted an attacking position by the visitors conceding a couple of needless penalties.

Jack Willis celebrates after scoring a try for Wasps
Jack Willis celebrates after scoring a try for Wasps

Worse was to follow for Saracens when, from inside his own half, Jacob Umaga cleverly kicked ahead and collected to put the opposition defence on the back foot before Willis and Umaga made crucial contributions to send Carr over.

A brilliant 45-metre run from Malakai Fekitoa took his side deep into the visitors’ 22 and, although the centre’s pass did not go to hand, he regathered possession to feed Tommy Taylor, who showed splendid awareness to provide Kibirige with an easy run-in.

A miserable first half for Saracens continued when Brad Barritt failed to collect a hospital pass and was hurt in the collision. The Saracens skipper remained on the floor as Kibirige scooped up the ball to easily outpace the cover on a 55-metre run to the line.

Barritt left the field to be replaced by Dom Morris but with the last play of the half, some skilful ball handling saw Saracens get on the scoreboard with a try from Crossdale.

Jacob Umaga of Wasps breaks clear of the Saracens defence
Jacob Umaga of Wasps breaks clear of the Saracens defence

After the interval, Lewington was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, allowing Gopperth to extend Wasps’ lead to 34-5.

In the wing’s absence, Wasps scored their fifth try when a well-judged cross-field kick from Umaga bounced favourably for Shields to score.

Umaga then turned try-scorer as he supported an elusive run from Kibirige to go over under the posts.

Wasps took off two of their leading lights in Dan Robson and Willis but the rout continued with a second try for Shields.

With 15 minutes remaining Saracens picked up a second try when Alex Goode’s pass sent Lewington over but Wasps had the final say when Oghre finished off a lineout drive.

Source : Sky Sports