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Saracens forwards coach Paul Gustard thrilled with victory over Leicester
Saracens forwards coach Paul Gustard praised the performance of his inexperienced side as they defeated Leicester 38-21 in the LV= Cup.
Jamie George, Duncan Taylor, Joe Maddock and Andy Saull all scored tries in a contest that was effectively settled at the break, with Sarries leading 27-0 at Bedford's Goldington Road, their 11th different venue of the season.
"It was a brilliant first half in which our youngsters really came to the fore. Ben Ransom was instrumental in that first half and Duncan Taylor, the local boy come good, did really well as well," said Gustard.
"Saracens often get criticised for not playing attacking rugby but we showed we do play attacking rugby when the conditions allow.
"Knowing Leicester, their culture and their coaches and Cockers (Richard Cockerill) being a vociferous young character at the best of times, we expected a response.
"Unfortunately for us we allowed them to come back into the game a little bit.
"We slipped off a few tackles and our mistakes helped them get back in it. John (Smit) is not a bad sub and at that time I felt it was important to get his experience on there to shore things up despite how well Jamie George was playing."
Leicester director of rugby Cockerill was unhappy with his side's performance in the opening period, as well as the sin-binning of Lucas Guillaume after just nine minutes.
"At 13-0 with the slope against you it was not too bad, especially with the sin-binning which was bizarre," he said.
"You could cope with that, but then they get an intercept and then you turn it over and it is 27-0 and it is an uphill task.
"We came away with some pride in the second half, but at 27-0 you are never going to win any games."
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|Saturday 31st January|
|14:40||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Bath vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Sale vs Scarlets|
|15:00||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
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