Chiefs mauled by the Men in Black

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Saracens were 43-20 winners over Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Four tries secured the home side the bonus point in an impressive and clinical performance against a strong Exeter outfit.

Saracens had named a mixed side for the game with a number of youngsters supported by some returning World Cup stars such as Kelly Brown and Haydn Smith.

And Sarries scored first as Adam Powell burst through the defence to touch down Owen Farrell’s deft grubber kick.

Exeter, however, levelled the scores soon after with a try that seemed far too easy against Saracens’ usually resolute defence.

The home side hit back with good hands seeing Rodd Penney going over in the corner, capping his 100th appearance with a try.

The second half saw Farrell add a number of penalties before Sarries scored their third try.

A break and chip from Goode was collected by Farrell to go in under the posts.

And Saracens’ bonus point try came minutes later. The hosts broke from their own 22 and, after a number of phases with fantastic offloading and support play, crowd favourite Hugh Vyvyan went over the line.

The Chiefs managed a consolation score on the final whistle but the afternoon belonged to Saracens.

A number of strong performances from the youngsters in the side bode well for the Men in Black, but with three players sent to hospital after the game – including returning England International Richard Wigglesworth – injuries may prove to be a concern.