Saracens vs Ulster 06.04.13
Posted on: 05 March 2014
Saracens absolutely dominated Ulster on Saturday in a controlled display to see them through to the Heineken Cup semi-finals.
The solid defence of the Saracens pack and the customary kicking accuracy of Owen Farrell never gave the Irishmen a chance to get in the game, and Chris Ashton continued his return to form with a stunning try in the closing stages to seal the victory, after a weaving run from 30 metres out.
Ulster never looked likely to match the clinical execution of Saracens, with Owen Farrell kicking six of his seven attempts at goal in the 11-point win.
The Men in Black now face French giants Toulon in the semi-final, again at Twickenham in three weeks’ time. After a crowd of nearly 38,000 watched their victory on Saturday (including a large number of Allianz employees), excitement is set to reach fever pitch for the semi-final showdown on the 28th April.
Mark McCall was delighted with the win over his former club, praising his team’s defence.
“Ulster are probably the best side we have faced all season,” he said. “We knew beforehand that they are well organised, well coached; so for us to be 27-9 up with 10 minutes to go, against a side of their quality, says a lot about the quality of our performance.
“I thought we worked unbelievably hard throughout the match and we were brilliant defensively. Our defensive line-out was very important today, we stole some very important possession from them and ultimately we took our opportunities when they came. Overall I thought we controlled the game throughout.”
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Next game (Premiership): Saracens v Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park, at 15:00 on Sunday 14th April 2013.