Saracens cruise past Mont de Marsan
October 12, 2008
Ben Skirving crosses for one of Sarries' seven tries
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Saracens continued the English romp through the European Challenge Cup with a clinical 53-3 win over French side Mont de Marsan at Vicarage Road today.
The Premiership outfit join London Irish, Northampton, Newcastle and Worcester in recording convincing victories on the opening weekend. Only Bristol's heavy loss in Montpellier on Friday night prevented an English clean sweep.
Saracens ran in seven tries against Mont de Marsan and Eddie Jones' men were never in trouble after a lightning start to Pool Six. England Under-20 star wing Noah Cato was over the tryline within the opening 60 seconds, and the hosts had secured the bonus point inside 45 minutes.
Scrum-half Neil de Kock was the next player on to the scoresheet before a penalty try and Chris Wyles added to the visitors' woes as they went into the half-time break 25-3 down. Second-half tries by Andy Saull and Ben Skirving and a second penalty try extended Saracens' lead while 16 points from the boot of Glen Jackson rounded off a comfortable afternoon.
Saracens: C Wyles, N Cato, K Sorrell (F Leonelli 56), A Farrell, K Ratuvou, G Jackson (G Ross 56), N de Kock (M Rauluni 56), M Aguero, F Ongaro (M Cairns 53), C Johnston (C Visagie 56), S Borthwick (K Chesney 52), H Vyvyan, C Jack, A Saull (B Skirving 52), M Owen
Mont de Marsan: K Abbad, J Dubié, S Ternisien, M Taele, F Urruty (Y Brethous 50), N Leroux (F Marechal 71), F Tandonnet, P Blanco (N Etcheverry 52), T Leota (C Blanchard 50), B Coutts (G Leleu 71), J Mynhardt (R Berek 54), F Rawls, R Bernard, P van Schalkwyk, J Carre (B Chedal-Bornu 71)
Replacements used: C Blanchard, G Leleu, Y Brethous, N Etcheverry, R Berek, B Chedal-Bornu, F Marechal
Yellow Card: R Bernard (36), G Leleu (61)
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)
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