Leaders Saracens too strong for Leicester

Sean Maitland (centre)

Sean Maitland extended Saracens’ lead in the first half

Premiership leaders Saracens beat Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park thanks to tries from Chris Wyles, Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola.

Wyles opened the scoring with his fourth try in five games, before Owen Williams’ penalty reduced the deficit.

Farrell’s penalty and a good finish out wide from Maitland gave Saracens a comfortable 17-3 half-time lead.

Vunipola put the home side out of sight after the break, despite George Catchpole’s late effort for the Tigers.

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Leicester came into the game off the back of a 27-17 victory over last year’s Champions Cup finalists Racing 92, but their mixed form in the Premiership continued.

They have conceded 24 tries away from home in the league this season and their defence leaked another when Wyles found his way through after only seven minutes.

Saracens looked in control from the outset despite missing influential lock Maro Itoje with a broken hand, and his place was filled superbly by Michael Rhodes.

Leicester made far too many handling errors and only got into their stride late on when Mako Vunipola was sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge on Freddie Burns.

They have not won on Saracens’ turf since February 2012, while the home side have not been beaten at Allianz Park since March.


South African flanker Michael Rhodes signed a new contract with Saracens in August

Saracens: Goode; Maitland, Tompkins, Barritt (capt), Wyles; Farrell, Spencer; M Vunipola, George, Figallo, Rhodes, Hamilton, Wray, Burger, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Brits, Barrington, Du Plessis, Flanagan, Brown, Wigglesworth, Lozowski, Bosch.

Leicester: Tait; Thompstone, Betham, Roberts, Pietersen; O Williams, B Youngs; Ayerza, T Youngs (capt), Cole, Slater, Fitzgerald, O’Connor, McCaffrey.

Replacements: McGuigan, Genge, Mulipola, Hamilton, Evans, Harrison, Burns, Catchpole.

Referee: Wayne Barnes.

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