George hat-trick takes Saracens to the top

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:57
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PREMIERSHIP REPORT: England hooker Jamie George scored three tries to inspire Saracens to a 38-19 win over Wasps.

The victory took them back to the top of the Premiership on Sunday.

Owen Farrell was forced to withdraw shortly before kick-off due to a calf injury, but George's treble kept Saracens ticking over at Allianz Park.

Alex Lozowski, deputising for the injured Farrell at flyhalf, was also in good form and his 18 points helped the European champions cruise to victory.

Chris Wyles bagged Saracens' other try as Mark McCall's team nabbed the bonus point and moved above previous leaders Exeter.

Even allowing for injuries that robbed them of Danny Cipriani, Jimmy Gopperth and Nathan Hughes, it was a poor performance from Wasps.

Last season's Premiership runners-up slumped to a fourth successive defeat for the first time since 2014 and remain 10th in the table.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries:
 Wyles, George 3
Cons: Lozowski 3
Pens: Lozowski 4

For Wasps:
Tries:
 Moore, Willis, Bassett
Cons: Miller 2

Teams:

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt (captain), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Calum Clark, 6 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 4 Nick Isiekwe, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Joel Conlon, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Max Malins, 23 Duncan Taylor.

Wasps: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Brendan Macken, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Rob Miller, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Thomas Young, 7 Jack Willis, 6 James Haskell, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Marcus Garratt, 3 Marty Moore, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Matt Mullan (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Tom Willis, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Juan De Jongh, 23 Christian Wade.

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Paul Dix, Nigel Carrick
TMO: Sean Davey

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