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- Heineken Cup
- Pool 3
- 18th Jan 2014
- KO 13:35
- Ground: Allianz Park
- Att: 10,000
Saracens v Connacht - Live
80 FULL-TIME: SARACENS 64-6 CONNACHT
80 TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 62-6 Ashton book-ends this game in the last play with the final try. Good support and an easy finish, conversion is good. And that's it at Allianz Park. Embarrassingly one-sided match-up. Ten tries to none, and an utterly dominant showing from the Sarries.
77 TRY, SARACENS, STRETTLE! 57-6 Excellent try from Stettle, chip and chase into the in-goal area for try number ten.
73 TRY, SARACENS, JOHNSTON! 52-6 This is becoming an embarrassment. Yet another driving maul plods inexorably over the line, and Johnston grounds the ball. Conversion goes wide again.
70 CONVERSION, SARACENS, FARRELL! 47-6 Farrell adds the extras.
69 TRY, SARACENS, WRAY! 45-6 A midfield turnover and quick hands sends Wray scampering over in the corner.
66 TRY, SARACENS, WYLES! 40-6 Yet another five-pointer as the pressure tells once again. George steps nicely past Ah You and pops up to the winger for a simple finish.
63 Saracens literally smashing their way to the line here, but Farrell spills five metres out. Too easy, and far too much for the Irishmen to live with.
60 Penalty and nothing more for Hargreaves, who tripped Carr after the winger grubbered downfield.
60 Hodges heads upstairs once again for two late challenges
59 CONVERSION, SARACENS, HODGSON! 35-6 He's got one! Greeted by possibly the biggest cheer of the afternoon!
58 TRY, SARACENS, KRUIS! 33-6 The second-row barges over from close range. This is a rout, and the scoreline would be yet more one-sided had Hodgson donned his kicking boots.
56 Sarries piling on the pressure again, winning a series of scrum penalties five out.
53 Big home scrum draws a penalty, and Hodgson puts it in the corner. Seeking try number six.
50 TRY, SARACENS, GOODE! 28-6 Glorious yet again from Alex Goode, who is making a major statement pre-Six Nations. Ghosts home from fifty metres. Defence poor, but intelligence and balance from Goode excellent. Another miss off the tee from Hodgson
46 Connacht pressuring, but Sarries break out from deep once again. Dominant display from the hosts so far.
42 TRY, SARACENS, STRETTLE! 23-6 The bonus point is wrapped up. Great counter-attack from Alex Goode, wonderful balanced running out of his own 22, and he offloaded smartly to Taylor who put Strettle away untouched.
40 Hodgson has us back underway, Connacht down to 14 and Sarries in a commanding position.
40 HALF-TIME: SARACENS 18-6 CONNACHT
40 Hodgson hits the post with the kick as Hodges warns both skippers. Half-time with Sarries in comand.
40 TRY SARACENS, BRITS! 18-6 Saracens pack march their way over the line from the lineout, and the hooker dots down. There's a lot of handbags and scrapping after the try is scored, but Sarries look to have this wrapped up already. We're checking for foul play post-try with the TMO.
40 Connacht make a few nice breaks through Carr and Healy, but Vunipola snr wins a penalty at the breakdown for not releasing. Last seconds of the half, and Sarries going for try number three.
38 Yellow card is the call. White is gone for ten minutes. Reckless use of the boot the call; fortunate not to get a red after definite contact with the face of Barritt.
37 Lineout misfires for the visitors, and we're going to the TMO as Barritt claims he's been stamped on
36 Connacht's scrum gaining the upper hand, however, after a tough start. Won a couple of penalties. Parks punts to the 22.
31 Connacht gain possession in the home 22, but are turned over, and some aerial ping-pong leaves the visitors with a scrum just inside their own half.
29 TRY, SARACENS, STRETTLE! 13-6 Saracens finally have that breakthrough. Quick line from Brits and Goode bursts away, suspicions of a knock-on, but Hodgson again breaks the line and offloads well for Strettle to score. Conversion wide.
26 More kicking as Hodgson grubbers down into the visitors' 22
23 PENALTY, SARACENS, HODGSON! 8-6 Sarries looking dangerous every time they attack, the Vunipola brothers doing plenty damage when carrying. Hodgson adds three to put the hosts back in front.
20 PENALTY, CONNACHT, PARKS! 5-6 Another penalty for Parks as Brits snaffles the ball off his feet right in front of Leighton Hodges. Connacht regain the lead.
17 Well defended by Connacht as they bundle Billy Vunipola into touch.
16 Connacht stray offside, Hodgson turns down the three points in favour of a kick to the corner. Hosts turning the screw.
13 Robbie Henshaw inches away from intercepting Hodgson's pass there, and he would have been under the sticks. Gamble almost paying off.
12 Conversion wide from Hodgson, but it's his attacking influence that has the hosts in front.
11 TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 5-3 Hodgson challenging the gain-line once again, bringing his forwards into play with some lovely handling. Mako Vunipola makes the initial break, and the ball is spread right for Ashton to dive over. Fine try.
8 Sarries' scrum looking good, though, and that's given Charlie Hodgson a chance to square things up, but the fly-half pushes his attempt wide from long-range
6 PENALTY, CONNACHT, PARKS! 0-3 Good pressure from the visitors' Swift on Richard Wigglesworth hands Parks an early penalty opportunity. No problem for the veteran 10.
3 Lively start here at Allianz Park, possession changing hands, and both sides showing early intent in attack.
Parks has us underway.
Teams are out here at Allianz Park. Kick-off moments away.
Meanwhile, Saracens replaces fly-half Owen Farrell with the experienced Charlie Hodgson, partnered by Richard Wigglesworth. Scotland midfielder Duncan Taylor comes into the centres, and both Matt Stevens and George Kruis return to bolster the pack.
The visitors welcome back full-back Gavin Duffy, and restore the influential second-row pairing of Michael Swift and Craig Clarke. Eoin McKeon is injured, so John Muldoon shifts to number eight, with Andrew Browne at blindside and Jake Heenan at seven.
Welcome to live coverage of Saracens v Connacht; a crucial battle in the race for Heineken Cup qualification. The visitors still stand a chance of quarter-final action, but face a team that sit atop the Premiership table, and for whom a win will see them into the last eight. It's set to be an engrossing clash here, kick-off is less than half an hour away. Don't go anywhere!
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