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Max Malins was hailed as a “young Beauden Barrett” as the Saracens fullback scored two scintillating tries in a record victory against Bristol Bears to bring Mark McCall’s side to within 13 points of wiping out their 35-point sanction for breaching the salary cap.
Malins, 22, was making just his second start since recovering from a broken foot he sustained in September and his performance lit up the afternoon with the kind of performance that will not have gone unnoticed by England head coach Eddie Jones.
There was a majestic display too from Saracens’ openside flanker Ben Earl, whose second half try, his fifth in the league, clinched their first bonus point since they were hit with their salary cap sanction last month.
England are hardly short of options at openside flanker these days, Earl, 21, is another of Saracens’ academy recruits to be taking significant steps forward in their development this season.
Nick Tompkins, another of the club’s exciting young English talent, also caught the eye, crossing for two tries.
This was Saracens’ most compelling performance of the season, their third successive league victory since the points deduction left them rooted to the bottom of the table, scoring seven tries and 33 unanswered points in the second half against a Bristol side who had started the day in second place.
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