European Champions Cup: Saracens 38-19 Glasgow

Billy Vunipola’s receive ensured Saracens a 1/2-time lead at Allianz Park
European Champions Cup
Saracens (24) 38
Tries: Spencer, Koch, B Vunipola, Itoje, Skelton Cons: Spencer (Three) Lozowski (2) Pen: Spencer
Glasgow (19) 19
Tries: Seymour, Rate, Wilson Cons: Hastings (2)

Saracens secured a condominium Champions Cup quarter-closing as they at final subdued a engaging Glasgow at home.

The two sides shared six tries in an inviting first 1/2 with Ben Spencer, Vincent Koch and Billy Vunipola scoring for the hosts and Tommy Seymour, Ali Rate and Ryan Wilson crossing for Glasgow.

Maro Itoje and Will Skelton cantered in to wrap up victory after the ruin.

Glasgow despite the indisputable truth that are in a foremost prime-tier final-eight clash since 2017 regardless.

England captain Owen Farrell changed into once withdrawn from the Saracens initiating line-up rapidly earlier than kick-off as it changed into once revealed he’s to have a surgical job on his thumb that is expected to withhold him sidelined for up to 10 days.

The two sides might well well also well be paired all but again in the quarter-finals, with Saracens thru as prime seeds and Glasgow filling surely one of three runner-up spots.

If so, this might complete a trilogy of in uncomfortable health-tempered meetings.

The foremost-spherical meeting between these groups support in October changed into once a bruising, cagey affair, which featured appropriate one try to quite a lot of niggles between the 2 items of forwards.

Three months on, the friction between the sides remained however Allianz Park changed into once handled to a free-flowing opening 1/2-hour.

After Spencer scored the hole try, Glasgow’s backline showed their ambition with a prolonged looping movement over movement that freed Seymour to lag in.

Rate pounced on a rate-the total map down to position the associates ahead, three minutes earlier than Koch burrowed over on the underside of a rolling maul to gain the lead.

Wilson barged over from shut vary to position Glasgow in entrance once all but again, handiest for Vunipola to make a choice and lunge from the heinous of the scrum and make certain his facet a 24-19 advantage on the ruin.

In total, the lead swapped fingers four times as Glasgow’s high-tempo recreation and maverick technique to broken field ruffled the hosts.

Glasgow wanted no longer handiest to beat Saracens with a bonus display conceal bounce-frog them in Pool Three, however content them a shedding bonus level.

With Saracens’ incomes three tries and a five-level lead by the discontinue of the first 1/2, it changed into once consistently a huge expose for David Rennie’s facet.

Saracens returned to the sphere in a a ways more scientific temper and, with stuttering Glasgow’s line-out coughing up possession on four times, clinched a condominium quarter-closing when Itoje changed into once freed by some slick handling from fellow forwards Jamie George and Skelton.

Skelton stretched over late on to add a flattering gloss to a scoreline that might well well also simply well be tighter if the groups are reunited in the final eight.

Saracens: Williams; Lewington, Tompkins, Barritt, Strettle; Goode, Spencer; M Vunipola, George, Koch, Itoje, Kruis, Wray, Burger, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Tolofua (for George, Seventy six), Barrington (for M Vunipola, 70), Mediate (for Koch, sixty five), Skelton (for Wray, fifty eight), Clark (for Burger, fifty two), Wigglesworth (for Spencer, fifty two), Lozowski (for Strettle, 14), Gallagher (for Lewington, seventy five).

Glasgow: Hogg; Seymour, Grigg, Johnson, DTH van der Merwe; Hastings, Rate; Kebble, Stewart, Halanukonuka, Swinson, Gray, Harley, Fusaro, Wilson.

Replacements: Bryce (for Stewart, fifty two), Allan (or Kebble, 70), Rae (for Halanukonuka, 70), Ashe (for Gray, forty one), Smith (for Wilson, forty six), Horne (for Rate, sixty five), Jones (for Johnson, 50), Matawalu (for Seymour, sixty five).

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