Saracens vs Edinburgh match report 20.01.13

Posted on: 09 September 2014

Saracens ended their 18-year escapade to Vicarage Road on a high yesterday after running in five tries in the snow to secure a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup.

A brace from Chris Ashton and one apiece for Matt Stevens, Charlie Hodgson and Chris Wyles helped Sarries beat Edinburgh, 40-7, and set up a plum tie with current Rabo Direct PRO12 leaders, Ulster, in April.

The foundations for this mammoth victory were laid by an ever-dominant Saracens pack whose overwhelming strength and expertise at the breakdown and set-piece caused the visitors a torrid time.

For all of their superiority, Saracens had to be patient before securing the all-important fourth try. Ashton profited from intuitive kicks from Richard Wigglesworth and Owen Farrell either side of half-time whilst Stevens was all-smiles as he popped up from the pile with the ball after a superlative catch and drive.

The Men in Black had to wait until the 75th minute to confirm their 4th place seeding when Hodgson slid through the wilting defence and the fly-half’s deft kick laid on the simplest of finishes for full-back, Wyles, which was the icing on the cake.

As well as Allianz Park, Wembley, Stadium MK and a return to Vicarage Road have all been mooted as possible venues for the semi-final. Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, is looking forward to the next challenge. He said: “Ulster have got a fantastic team this year. David Humphreys has recruited brilliantly and they had a great win in Castres without six or seven of their best players who will be fit come April time so it will be a big challenge for us but one that our boys would relish.

“We got out-gunned a little bit in the quarter-final last year by Clermont and I think we are wiser for it and a better team than we were then.

“We have navigated our way through this group really well.”

Heineken Cup ¼ Final Draw (Ties to be played 5/6/7 April)

  • Harlequins vs. Munster
  • Clermont Auvergne vs. Montpellier
  • Toulon vs. Leicester Tigers
  • Saracens vs. Ulster

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