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Aviva Premiership Saracens predictably inflicted an 11th successive league defeat on bottom placed Worcester at Sixways on Saturday.
Sarries had their bonus-point in the bag before the half-hour mark after David Strettle, Schalk Brits, Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson had all crossed in a 26-8 triumph.
Hodgson converted three of the tries to give his side a huge lead before Warriors number eight Leonardo Senatore scored a consolation try late in the half.
That concluded the scoring as neither side could add to their tally after the break, Saracens easing to a 10th victory in 11 matches this season.
Worcester were on the scoreboard first when Ignacio Mieres landed a sixth-minute penalty, but some poor kicking options by the stand-off and his half-back partner, scrum-half Jeremy Su'a, resulted in two of Saracens' four first-half tries.
Mieres' clearance kick from inside his own 22 only found Saracens hands on the halfway and an overlap on the left appeared for American centre Chris Wyles to feed current England Saxons ace Strettle to score in the corner.
South African Brits, who put in a tireless performance all afternoon, profited for Sarries' second touchdown after a clearance from Su'a went vertical and, when it came to earth, full-back Goode sidestepped past the home midfield to put his hooker in from 10 metres.
Goode got his own try when Worcester-born centre Tim Streather fed the full-back on the left and watched as his colleague brushed off weak defence to score, Hodgson landing his second conversion.
And the ex-England fly-half secured his side's bonus point on the half-hour with a beautiful kick off the side of his foot that outsmarted the home midfield and gave Hodgson an easy run-in under the posts for his converted touchdown.
It was all going well for Saracens, but then they suffered a couple of hiccups. First England prop Mako Vunipola found himself in the sin-bin when he needlessly lashed out at home centre Alex Grove with his right arm as both lay on the bottom of a ruck.
And, just before the break, Worcester put Saracens under the cosh for their best move of the match. The pack drove to the line and, when the ball became free, Senatore, standing on the side of the play, picked it up and dipped over from a metre to score.
That period gave Worcester some heart and they worked hard to create more pressure in the opposition 22, forcing Saracens to defend in the left corner and gaining an attacking scrum.
But that came to nought as England number eight Billy Vunipola and home flanker Richard De Carpenter were fortunate not to both go in the bin after an off-the-ball spat near the Saracens posts.
The visitors looked to switch down a few gears and were content to simply keep the home side out.
Worcester tried to fire up the middle, down the flanks and in the set-pieces, but they either found the red and black wall impenetrable or gave away penalties that allowed Sarries to clear.
The only time that Saracens really threatened to score again was at the end when replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer found a gap in the defence near the posts and, in the process of being tackled, flipped the ball to Jamie George but the substitute hooker knocked the ball on with the line at his mercy.
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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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