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- Aviva Premiership
- 21st Dec 2013
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- Ground: Allianz Park
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Aviva Premiership: Owen Farrell injury not as bad as first feared
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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed that Owen Farrell is 'fine' after a worrying-looking head injury led to the England fly-half bering stretchered off the field during the 49-10 victory over Leicester.
Farrell was carried off in the 67th minute with his neck in a brace after his head accidentally connected with the hip of Vereniki Goneva while making a tackle.
The 22-year-old was unconscious before hitting the ground and 10 minutes elapsed before he was carried from the pitch having kicked three penalties and two conversions in a fine performance.
"Owen has a bang on the head and will go through the normal protocols, but is fine," McCall said.
"We're really pleased with the performance in both halves. Overall every area of our game was very good."
Saracens' bonus-point victory produced two tries for Chris Ashton, one each for Jack Wilson, Billy Vunipola and Jackson Wray and a penalty try.
It kept the London club three points clear at the summit of the Aviva Premiership.
Despite leaking six tries in a club-record Premiership defeat, Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill viewed the 40th-minute sin-binning of Graham Kitchener for a spear-tackle on Farrell when the Leicester trailed only 13-10 as pivotal.
"I don't know why he was in the bin. He's committed to the tackle, he hits the guy and he lands on his back," Cockerill said.
"It's a penalty at worse so why's he in the bin? We conceded 15 points during that period.
"The yellow card was key because we were still in the game at that point. I'm not blaming (referee) Wayne Barnes because that's what he's told to do.
"But if that's a yellow card the lawmakers are kidding themselves. The game's soft. The lawmakers are having a laugh. It's a joke.
"Saracens played very well, they deserved to win and their power was key for them and we couldn't cope with it. We weren't good enough."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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