Saracens 54-13 Bedford: Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola both score twice on their Championship debuts while Sarries wins to EIGHT – try victory over Blues
- Saracens cruised Sunday an emphatic 54-13 victory over Bedford Blues
- Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola were among the try scorers in the eight-try win
- Owen Farrell missed the game through injury, but is expected to return soon
Owen Farrell should be ready to return for the main fortnight of Saracens’ second tier season, with major games lurking in their promotional fight.
The England captain took a calf strain and missed Sarries’ routine win over Bedford Blues, scoring eight tries, including two for Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola who made their championship debut.
But boss Mark McCall is convinced Farrell’s injury isn’t serious.
Saracens flew to an emphatic 54-13 championship victory over Bedford Blues on Sunday
Maro Itoje (pictured) and Billy Vunipola were among the try scorers in the eight-try win
“Hopefully he will be fit next week, if not the week after,” said the Saracen rugby director.
It’s his calf. It’s really small. ‘
Sarries will face the top two teams in Championship for the next fourteen days, with Doncaster Knights away after and then Ealing Trailfinders.
Neither has lost so far and Saracens cannot afford to make a mistake or their dream of promotion back to the Premiership, which has been downgraded for salary cap violations, could be in serious jeopardy.
“We have to win the next game,” McCall added.
Doncaster is unbeaten in the league – so it’s a game we have to win – and the following week Ealing is exactly the same against a team that is absolutely flying in the league and has been together all season.
Sarries is now third in the Championship with six more regular season games of the season
“We need to get better soon, but I’m sure we will.”
At home against Bedford fly-half, Manu Vunipola kicked 12 points, converting six of the eight attempts. Itoje had two, one from a close-range pick-and-go, the other a down attack that he jumped on to score.
Billy Vunipola also doubled, skipped powerfully on the right for his first and took advantage of a spilled ball after Saracens smashed Bedford’s scrum near their opponent’s goal line.
Scores from Aled Davies – assisted by Itoje – Andy Christie, Janco Venter and a penalty try were enough for an easy win. Bedford scored once via wing Pat Tapley, who converted Will Maisey, on two penalties from Tommy Matthews.
Of his English returnees, McCall said, “They were all good today and it’s good to have them back.”
Sarries is now third in the Championship, which ends in a two-legged playoff final, with six regular season games to go.