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LV= Cup: Saracens run in four tries to beat Leicester Tigers
Saracens got their LV= Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 38-21 victory over Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester.
After taking home games to Brussels, Wembley and Twickenham, Saracens hosted this game at Bedford and a crowd of 3,168 saw them collect five points with tries from Jamie George, Duncan Taylor, Joe Maddock and Andy Saul.
Nils Mordt put Saracens 3-0 in front after six minutes and the visitors lost flanker Lucas Guillaume after just nine minutes for coming in at the side of a ruck.
Tigers thought they had survived as Guillaume returned to the field, but it was just in time to see George score the opening try after 20 minutes which Mordt converted.
A weaving 40 metre break from Ben Ransom, who has been an ever present in the Bedford side where he is dual-registered this season, set up another three points for Mordt.
And on his former ground Taylor was gifted a try thanks to a dire chip from Andy Forsyth, whose effort landed in the outstretched arms of the former Bedford Blue and he duly hurtled under the posts from halfway.
Mordt converted to give Saracens a 20-0 lead. Even Leicester's scrum was going backwards and on half-time a powder-puff tackle from wing Alex Lewington allowed Saull to step inside and send Maddock over from 15 metres.
Mordt converted to make it 27-0 at the break, then added three more points seven minutes into the second half before Tigers hit back with a close range try for lock Joe Cain.
Number eight Michael Noone hung on to a lineout drive to score as Matt Cornwell converted both to almost halve Sarries' lead. Saracens brought on Smit to steady the ship and it worked.
James Short held the ball in two hands to hold the Leicester defence and offloaded for Saull to ease over from five metres. Mordt added a penalty, before Leicester replacement hooker Harry Thacker had the last word with a try that Cornwell converted.
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|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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