Mako Vunipola Ospreys 22-15 Saracens: Holders keep alive hopes of retaining the European Champions Cup

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Mako Vunipola Ospreys 22-15 Saracens: Holders keep alive hopes of retaining the European Champions Cup despite Rhys Carre being sent off in the fifth minute

  • Carre was sent off after just five minutes for a shoulder-led tackle on Dan Evans
  • Evans scored two tries as the hosts went ahead in the second-half on Saturday
  • But Saracens reclaimed the lead with Alex Lewington’s try in the 51st minute

By Press Association

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Saracens dug deep to overcome prop Rhys Carre’s early red card and keep alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes by beating Ospreys 22-15.

Wales international Carre was sent off in the fifth minute for a high, shoulder-led challenge on Ospreys full-back Dan Evans at the Liberty Stadium.

It appeared a harsh call by French referee Alexandre Ruiz, who also sin-binned flanker Calum Clark before half-time, briefly reducing Saracens to 13 men.

Saracens prop Rhys Carre was sent off for a high, shoulder-led challenge on Dan Evans

But despite rugby director Mark McCall resting a host of international stars, resilient Saracens delivered a victory that means they are likely to reach the tournament’s last-eight for a ninth successive season if they beat Racing 92 next weekend.

Fly-half Manu Vunipola, the 19-year-old cousin of Billy and Mako Vunipola, kicked 17 points and wing Alex Lewington c

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