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Stevens impresses on return
Saracens prop easing his way back after drugs suspension
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Saracens coach Mark McCall was encouraged with the performance of prop Matt Stevens on his first competitive outing since his two-year drugs ban ended.
England international Stevens came off the bench in the 48th munute of the Aviva Premiership side's 37-7 LV= Cup victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.
"Matt scrummaged very well when he came on," said McCall, "and he is going to get better and better the more he plays and the more match fitness he gets.
"He's been out of rugby for a very long time so he is still learning our systems but he did well from a scrummaging point of view.
"But our whole scrum was good. We have got a young guy called Jared Saunders who did well for us.
"We might give Matt a go at tight-head next week (against Sale)."
Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies knew his young Scarlets side - they were without more than 20 frontline players - had been up against it in the five tries to one defeat.
"We played well at times but we just couldn't hold on to the ball," he said.
"In fairness to Saracens they brought a big physicality to the game and when sides do that they will pressurise you.
"We were able to blood a few guys today because we have nine players on international duty and another 11 injured.
"It is great experience and exposure for these players."
The Scarlets were not helped that lock Dom Day and number eight David Lyons went off injured in the second half.
"Dom has a shoulder injury and David has injured a knee - both injuries look pretty serious," added Davies.LV Anglo Welsh Cup. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 8th February|
|Saracens 35 - 18 Exeter|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 17 - 13 London Welsh|
|Saturday 7th February|
|Northampton 29 - 6 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 7 Harlequins|
|Bath 10 - 13 Ospreys|
|London Irish 13 - 31 Newcastle|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 43 Leicester|
|Sale Sharks 38 - 3 Scarlets|
|Sunday 1st February|
|Newcastle 39 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 15 - 20 Saracens|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 32 - 37 Exeter|
|Wasps 42 - 45 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 31st January|
|Scarlets 27 - 18 London Irish|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Northampton|
|Gloucester 32 - 25 Ospreys|
|Harlequins 21 - 23 Bath|
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