Saracens end Wasps’ unbeaten start to go top

Jamie George

Two late tries from England hooker Jamie George (second left) gave Saracens a bonus point

Reigning champions Saracens moved to the top of the Premiership table after ending Wasps’ 100% start to the season.

Sarries led 13-8 at the break through tries from Mako Vunipola and Mike Ellery, with Josh Bassett replying.

Two penalties from Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth pulled the score back to 16-14 but Jamie George’s converted try gave Sarries breathing space.

After Wasps winger Bassett was sent to the bin, George powered over again to secure a bonus point for the hosts.

Relive Saracens’ win over Wasps

Saracens are now two points above Wasps, who had won their opening five games, in the table.

Dai Young’s Wasps had started the campaign in imposing form but were on the back foot at Allianz Park following’s Vunipola’s early score.

They worked their way back into the match and looked to be heading into half-time on level terms until Ellery’s late score gave double winners Saracens the edge.

Wasps began the second half on top but were not able to take advantage and England hooker George went over from close range to put Saracens clear, before Lozowski added the conversion to make it 23-14.

Once Bassett saw yellow for a high tackle, George was able to touch down from a rolling maul to put the gloss on their victory.

Saracens: Maitland; Ellery, Bosch, Barritt (capt), Wyles; Lozowski, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, Brits, Figallo, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes. Burger, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, Lamositele, Du Plessis, Hamilton, Wray, Spencer, Tompkins, Gallagher.

Wasps: Miller; Wade, Daly, Gopperth (capt), Bassett; Cipriani, Robson; McIntyre, Cruse, Moore, Symons, Myall, Johnson, Young, Hughes.

Replacements: Gaskell, Mullan, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury, Rieder, Simpson, Eastmond, Halai.

Yellow card: Bassett (69)

Referee: Matthew Carley.

Attendance: 9,911.

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