Saracens 31-26 Ospreys
Saracens took on the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup at Wembley on Saturday evening in front of a crowd of over 40,000.
And the fans were not disappointed as Sarries produced a sensational first half display to entertain the crowd and build a lead, before reverting to basics in the second half and letting the Welsh side back into the game.
The hosts scored their first try after only a few minutes – a stolen lineout from Ernst Joubert deep in Ospreys territory saw the forwards inch closer to the line before prop Rhys Gill crashed over.
Both sides then swapped penalties before the Ospreys drew level with a clinical breakaway try, against the run of play.
Saracens were playing some attractive rugby and showing just what they can do when they keep the ball in hand.
Their second try came as good ground was made by the backs, and from a scrum Joubert picked from the base and burst through two tackles to score, before Owen Farrell converted.
Farrell then added two penalties to extend the lead and, in the second half, Sarries struck again.
A flowing backs’ move resulted in the ball being worked wide, and an inside pass from Schalk Brits saw Chris Wyles drive over.
With the third try scored, Saracens seemed happy to sit back and let the Ospreys play – which they did, scoring another try to bring the scores close.
The game ended with a 31-26 Sarries win, but the assembled fans were left wondering why the Men in Black did not push for the bonus point try when the Ospreys were under pressure.
Saracens will be hoping for another strong showing for the return fixture on Friday night.