Aviva Premiership champions Saracens crush Worcester at Twickenham
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 03/09/16 4:46pm
Debutant Alex Lozowski scored 20 points as Saracens began their defence of the Aviva Premiership with a bonus-point 35-3 victory over Worcester at Twickenham.
Fly-half Lozowski scored a try and booted three penalties and three conversions, with hooker Jamie George, South African back row Schalk Burger - in his first game for the champions - and replacement Ben Spencer also crossing.
Worcester's solitary riposte was a first-half Ryan Lamb penalty as they were overwhelmed for 20 minutes after the break.
The first half was forgettable. There was a lot of match rustiness as knock-ons and scrummages dominated proceedings but Saracens had the better of the possession and territory.
England wing Chris Ashton knocked the ball on early in the half when in with a chance of racing down the touchline for a try.
Lozowski got Saracens on the board when debutant Worcester full-back Jackson Willison was guilty of handling at a ruck and the former Wasps player booted his first penalty from 25 metres.
Brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola were constant thorns to the Worcester midfield at first and second receivers but Worcester held their ground and had their own chances.
New signing Ben Te'o, the rugby league convert who went on tour with England to Australia this summer, drove into the Saracens 22 before Alex Goode pulled him to ground.
After Lozowski missed a sitter to put Saracens further ahead, Lamb levelled the game with a 25-metre shot. They were the last points Worcester would score.
The closest either side went to a try in the first half came when England lock George Kruis was just short of the line before Lozowski found the target for a second time on the stroke of the interval.
Within 12 minutes of the restart, Saracens were away and almost clear. Lozowski booted his third penalty before a drive from an attacking lineout saw Worcester's pack defence disintegrate for George to be almost dragged over the line by Billy Vunipola.
Yet another attacking lineout drive saw Lozowski put into a gap by Burger. He converted his own touchdown.
Worcester prop James Johnston was binned for a high tackle on Lozowski just seconds before Burger grabbed a debut try as Saracens began to hit top gear.
And minutes from time, Spencer stepped his way through the Worcester defence to clinch the bonus point and give the Warriors plenty to think about before next weekend.
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