European Challenge Cup, Pool 5
Saracens too good for Bayonne
December 14, 2008
Bayonne's Anthony Etchegaray swings a punch at Saracens' Hugh Vyvyan during their ill-tempered clash at Vicarage Road
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Saracens beat Bayonne 36-0 in an ill-tempered European Challenge Cup Pool 5 clash at Vicarage Road.
The Premiership side have one foot in the last eight after outclassing their French Top 14 rivals in a fiery game that saw five yellow cards.
Gordon Ross kicked Saracens into a 12-0 lead before Neil de Kock sent Kameli Ratuvou over for the opening try on 30 minutes.
However, the half ended with Nicolas Laffite, Census Johnston and Julian Fiorini all in the sin-bin.
De Kock, Noah Cato and Chris Jack all scored in the second half to clinch a bonus point before Hugh Vyvyan and Anthony Etchegaray were sin-binned for fighting.
Saracens: A Goode (G Jackson 66), K Ratuvou, K Sorrell, A Powell, N Cato (R Penney 52), G Ross, N de Kock (M Rauluni 59), M Aguero (N Lloyd 50), F Ongaro (A Kyriacou 67), C Johnston (T Mercey 59), S Borthwick [capt] (H Vyvyan 50), C Jack, B Skirving (T Mercey 40), W van Heerden, M Owen
Discipline: Yellow Card - H Vyvyan (64), C Johnston (59)
Bayonne: M Acebes (M Lopez-Herrero 67), B Lhande, S Gerber, C Gower, B Fall, D Larrechea [capt] (P Elhorga 41), V Inigo, J Fiorini (P Lafond 49), A Heguy (D Roumieu 47), R Blake (J Fiorini 61), C Bergez (A Etchegaray 49), N Laffite, G Bernad (P Lafond 40), L Massabeau (A Springgay 49), M Baget (M Tewhata 61)
Discipline: Yellow Card - N Laffite (36), J Fiorini (49), A Etchegaray (64)
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
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