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- 7th Oct 2012
- KO 14:15
- Ground: Kassam Stadium
- Att: 4,685
Charlie Hodgson is Saracens' hero in their 28-23 win at London Welsh
Charlie Hodgson scored all Saracens' points as they held off brave London Welsh 28-23 at the Kassam Stadium.
Hodgson scored Sarries' only try, converted it, and added seven penalties but the Exiles - for whom Gavin Henson made a promising debut - once again proved they are not going to be the relegation fodder many pundits predicted in the summer.
It was a second high-scoring near miss at home for Welsh who lost 31-25 last week to Gloucester.
Henson, who missed the opening matches of the new season because of injury, kept the hosts in the game with his boot, scoring his first points for his new club just eight minutes in.
The Exiles had lost Matt Corker to a fourth-minute yellow card but Hodgson made an error - his loose pass gave Phil McIntyre the chance to pounce, and the Canada star kicked ahead and dived over under the posts, Henson banging over the extras.
Hodgson replied with a penalty, and then on 19 he took a short pass from scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, stepped inside and raced over between the posts, adding the conversion.
The rest of the half was a kicking duel between Hodgson and Henson with Saracens turning around 19-13 up.
Two more penalties from Hodgson increased Saracens' lead to 25-13 before Henson kicked his third penalty in the 60th minute.
But Welsh never gave up and they scored a second try on 74 when left wing Nick Scott made a superb break from the halfway line before passing inside to Tom Arscott, who raced clear to touch down under the posts - 25-23.
Hodgson landed his seventh penalty four minutes from time but Saracens finished the match desperately defending their line against a series of drives by the Welsh pack, and they just held on.
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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