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Alun Wyn Jones Saracens 44 Ospreys 3
Back on home turf and, on the field at least, business as usual for Saracens. Six tries, a handful of World Cup stars returning – including an impressive debut for Elliot Daly – and a demonstration that they will not give up their European crown without a considerable fight.
This emphatic victory kick-starts Saracens’ campaign on the continent and tees up a mouth-watering double header with Munster next month.
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Rotimi Segun finished with two tries, Jack Singleton, Alex Lewington, Richard Barrington all one apiece with Saracens awarded a penalty try to boot, but it was Daly who shone brightest on his first appearance. He teed up two tries for Segun and was the standout performer, but the very fact the defending champions have added England’s full-back to their illustrious squad hardly leads to much sympathy for their plight amid the salary-cap scandal that hangs over the club.
Saracens elected to leave Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje out of their 23 but this was demonstration of their strength in depth, in contrast to the lack of reserves available to the Ospreys. The visitors have been hit hard by injuries – Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Gareth Anscombe and George North heading a list of absentees – and as much as the XV selected stuck to the task, this was always likely to be a routine victory for Saracens.
It was a scrappy start, notable only for just how quiet it was at Allianz Park in their first outing here since being hit with a £5.4m fine and a 35-point deduction in the Premiership. One had to wonder whether the off-field controversies had shaken their fans’ belief. The players may be attempting to foster an us-versus-the-world attitude but on this evide
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