SARAC
No.Name
15Alex Goode, FB
14Sean Maitland, W
13Marcelo Bosch, C
T
12Nick Tompkins, C
T
11Chris Wyles, W
T
10Owen Farrell, FH
5
3
9Richard Wigglesworth, SH
1Mako Vunipola, P
T
2Schalk Brits, H
3Juan Figallo, P
4Maro Itoje, L
5Jim Hamilton, L
6Michael Rhodes, FL
T
7Schalk Burger, FL
8Billy Vunipola, N8
Replacements
16Jamie George, R
17Richard Barrington, R
18Petrus Du Plessis, R
19Kelly Brown, R
20Jackson Wray, R
21Ben Spencer, R
22Alex Lozowski, R
23Mike Ellery, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Allianz Park
12:30 PM, October 22, 2016

Match Commentary

81'+144-26 End of second half
80'"Working hard and physicality" - Nick Tompkins on what Saracens players focus on. That sums up their performance in a nutshell.
80'
80'It's all over. Saracens as strong as ever and look every bit the defending champions that they are. Scarlets valiant in defeat but just couldn't cope with Saracens power.
79'Saracens desire not to concede evident even in the final minutes of this game, as Schalk Burger wins a turnover. Nick Tompkins awarded man of the match. A bright future ahead for the young centre.
76'44-26 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
75'Just when the Scarlets thought they had put themselves in a position to get a losing bonus point, Farrell delays his pass to put Michael Rhodes through a hole and jog under the sticks for a score.
75'42-26 Try - Michael Rhodes , Saracens
73'TRY Scarlets - Jonathan Davies bundles over for the score after a superb break from the base of a scrum by Josh Macleod.
73'37-26 Conversion - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
73'37-24 Try - Jonathan Davies , Scarlets
71'Substitute on - Mike Ellery , Saracens
71'Player substituted - Marcelo Bosch , Saracens
70'What a scrum from Saracens. They just destroyed the Scarlets pack and earned a penalty to allow Farrell to clear their lines.
69'Yellow card - Ben Spencer , Saracens
68'YELLOW - Referee reviewing whether Saracens prevented a clear try scoring opportunity. Ben Spencer receives a yellow card for a deliberate knock on but no penalty try.
68'Jake Ball leaves the field with what looks to be incredibly sore ribs. This game has taken it's toll on both sides. Scarlets going in search of a second try.
68'Substitute on - Dan Jones , Scarlets
68'Player substituted - Jake Ball , Scarlets
68'Substitute on - Kelly Brown , Saracens
68'Player substituted - Billy Vunipola , Saracens
66'Substitute on - Petrus Du Plessis , Saracens
66'Player substituted - Juan Figallo , Saracens
65'Saracens take the sting out of a would be Scarlets fight back as Farrell slots over a penalty.
65'37-19 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
64'Player substituted - John Barclay , Scarlets
64'Substitute on - Josh Macleod , Scarlets
64'Substitute on - Luke Garrett , Scarlets
64'Player substituted - Wyn Jones , Scarlets
64'Substitute on - Alex Lozowski , Saracens
64'Player substituted - Nick Tompkins , Saracens
63'Excellent defensive sequence from the Scarlets as they force a turnover. The Welshmen visibly buoyed by their try as they go in search of a losing bonus point.
61'34-19 Conversion - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
60'TRY TIME Scarlets! Aaron Shingler powers over in the corner after peeling around the short side of the maul.
60'34-17 Try - Aaron Shingler , Scarlets
59'Scarlets are on the hunt for a try, kicking a penalty to the corner for a lineout 5 metres out.
57'Substitute on - Ryan Elias , Scarlets
57'Player substituted - Ken Owens , Scarlets
57'Player substituted - Gareth Davies , Scarlets
57'Substitute on - Jonathan Evans , Scarlets
57'Substitute on - Richard Barrington , Saracens
57'Player substituted - Mako Vunipola , Saracens
56'Scarlets attack once again halted by a Saracens turnover, this time it's Jamie George with the steal.
56'Substitute on - Lewis Rawlins , Scarlets
56'Player substituted - David Bulbring , Scarlets
55'Player substituted - Richard Wigglesworth , Saracens
55'Substitute on - Ben Spencer , Saracens
55'34-12 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
54'Bonus point try for Saracens! This time it's Chris Wyles who beats the covering defender to go over. Saracens defensive pressure creating that try.
54'32-12 Try - Chris Wyles , Saracens
52'Player substituted - Samson Lee , Scarlets
52'Substitute on - Werner Kruger , Scarlets
51'
50'Alex Goode has lit up this second half. From being under pressure on his own 22, he cuts across the pitch and sets Saracens off on an attack that takes them deep inside the Scarlets 22. A knock on from Farrell brings the play to a halt.
50'Substitute on - Jamie George , Saracens
50'Player substituted - Schalk Brits , Saracens
49'27-12 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
47'TRY TIME - After the line breaks from Goode and then Vunipola, the Scarlets are over run and a cut out pass from Farrell puts Bosch away in the left hand corner.
47'25-12 Try - Marcelo Bosch , Saracens
46'Alex Goode makes a superb break through the heart of the Scarlets defense and now Saracens are on the attack as Jakson Wray slices through and offloads to Mako Vunipola
46'Substitute on - Jackson Wray , Saracens
46'Player substituted - Maro Itoje , Saracens
45'Another star name leaves the field injured, this time for Saracens as Maro Itoje. England fans will be hoping that's just precautionary.
43'Scarlets have started well to the second half and are on the attack on the Saracens 22. Jonathan Davies has looked dangerous with every touch. Vunipola brings the attack to an end with a turnover penalty.
42'Dangerous break by Stef Evans as he reads a prod through from Farrell, Wigglesworth back to clean up and recovers well.
41'Back underway in the second half and Saracens immediately on the attack with a lineout just outside the Scarlets 22.
41'20-12 End of first half
41'20-12 Penalty goal - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
40'
40'Saracens ahead at halftime and dominated in terms of territory, possession and gainline success, but indiscipline and resolute defense from the Scarlets means it's only an 8 point ball game.
40'20-12 Start of second half
38'Jonathan Davies breaks down the left touchline and now it's Saracens under pressure. The Scarlets in search of points before halftime and they earn a penalty.
36'Farrell pushes Saracens further ahead. The last passage of play will please the Welsh side as they halted everything thrown at them
36'20-9 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
33'There's a stat that sums up the match so far. Saracens have made 23 gainline successes compared to the Scarlets 1. However, it's still only an 8 point lead.
31'Trademark defense from Saracens forces the Scarlets way behind the gianline, but an inch perfect kick from Patchell pins the home side on their own try line. Penalty conceded from the resulting lineout and the Scarlets close the gap.
31'17-9 Penalty goal - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
27'17-6 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
26'Nick Tompkins showing his class as he slices through the Scarlets defense, beats the full back and dots down under the sticks. What a talent he is.
26'15-6 Try - Nick Tompkins , Saracens
23'10-6 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
21'Saracens building through the phases and force the penalty, Farrell with a chance to extend his sides lead.
19'For all their possession and gain line success, small handling errors are costing Sarries and mean it's still a one point ball game.
17'Saracens threaten again with a lovely cut out pass from Farrell but Tompkins can't find a teammate with the offload. The ease at which Saracens are getting over the gain line and breaking through the Scarlets defense will be a worry for the Welsh side.
14'Liam Williams hobbles off with a leg injury. That's a shame, he's an unbelievable talent and the game will be the poorer without him. Meanwhile Rhys Patchell continues to punish Saracens indiscipline with another penalty.
14'7-6 Penalty goal - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
14'Substitute on - Steffan Hughes , Scarlets
14'Player substituted - Liam Williams , Scarlets
12'7-3 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
11'
11'TRY TIME SARACENS - Mako Vunipola rumbles over from 20 metres out. The Saracens forwards get their offloading game going to breakdown the Scarlets defense, first through Brits and then Itoje.
11'5-3 Try - Mako Vunipola , Saracens
8'Somewhat quiet opening 8 minutes. Bar the Brits line break, neither side has really threatened in attack.
7'Rhys Patchell nudges over the penalty to give the Scarlets the lead.
7'0-3 Penalty goal - Rhys Patchell , Scarlets
5'Saracens with an attacking scrum deep inside the Scarlets 22 but John Barclay wins a penalty to clear the pressure. Rhys Patchell now with a shot a goal for the first points of the game.
3'Saracens burst to life as Schalk Brits cuts a perfect line and slices through the Scarlets defense.
1'A minutes silence for the late Anthony Foley beautifully observed and we're underway at Allianz Park.
1'Saracens powered to an impressive win at Toulon last week and have brought in Schalk Brits, Michael Rhodes and Jim Hamilton this week. Brad Barritt is a late withdrawal for the hosts. For the Scarlets, they saw off Sale in Round 1 and make an enforced change at flanker with James Davies out and Will Boyde coming in.
1'0-0 Start of first half

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