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Commentary

  • 80

  • 80

    Saints are back in possession and have the advantage coming but eventually we get the final whistle from the referee.

  • 79

    Lawes collects a loose ball at the restart but Saints are penalised for a knock on and we have a Saracens scrum. Brits breaks a phase later and Saracens are pushing once again with 30 seconds left to play.

  • 78

    Farrell...

    ... converts the score too.

    13 - 57
  • 78

    Try Saracens

    The TMO says the knowledge of the laws is good and awards the score.

    13 - 55
  • 77

    Saracens get straight back on the attack and look as if they've crossed the whitewash too. Saints were in possession but Spencer has come round to ground the ball as it's over the try line. We're checking with the TMO...

  • 77

    Mallinder...

    ... adds the tricky conversion too!

    13 - 50
  • 75

    TRYYYY VAN WYK!

    A huge applause rings round the Gardens as the referee awards the try to van Wyk - his first in a Saints shirt!

    11 - 50
  • 75

    Saints maul over the whitewash and Haywood thinks he's over but the referee has awarded a knock on. The TMO intervenes though and we're checking the score...

  • 75

    Scrum down then and an advantage coming for Saints as the scramble within a metre. But we come back for the penalty anyway and Francis sends it into the corner for a lineout just metres from the line.

  • 73

    Saints get over the line but are held up. We come back for a scrum.

  • 73

    Saints are pushing hard here and have worked their way into Saracens' 22 now. Tuala gets them close, they're just metres away now...

  • 72

    Saracens are on the attack again and quick hands gets the ball wide to Lozowski again. But they're penalised at the breakdown and Saints go quickly. Tuala breaks up the right and Saints are pushing with the advantage coming. Eventually we come back for it. Mallinder sends it long for a Saints lineout within Saracens' 22.

  • 70

    Saints secure the ball after some scrappy play and Francis clears into the Tetley's. Lineout Saracens just inside Saints' half.

  • 69

    Farrell...

    ... adds the simple extras too.

    6 - 50
  • 69

    Try Saracens

    Brilliant score from Saracens there. They come barrelling off the scrum and Lozowski finishes the move under the posts.

    6 - 48
  • 66

    Spencer comes on to replace Wigglesworth too.

  • 65

    Saints replace Waller with van Wyk as we restart the game.

  • 65

    Farrell...

    ... converts the score too.

    6 - 43
  • 65

    Try Saracens

    Eventually the pressure pays off for Saracens and Vunipola barrels over for the score.

    6 - 41
  • 64

    Saracens barge their way into Saints' 22 again, Itoje getting them close.

  • 63

    Saints maul from the lineout and look dangerous out wide but the final pass goes forwards and we have a scrum to Saracens.

  • 61

    Saracens look to go forwards again but their pass find touch and we have a Saints lineout just inside their own 22.

  • 60

    A replacement either side as Myler makes way for Mallinder and Barritt is replaced by Lozowski.

  • 59

    Eventually we come back for the penalty and Myler sends it long but Williams manages to keep it in with a brilliant piece of skill. He returns the ball and Myler does send it into touch this time. Lineout Saracens.

  • 58

    Scrum to Saints after Saracens knock on and Saints run a swooping move to the right before coming back left. They have an advantage coming too.

  • 57

    Burger enter play for Saracens, replacing Clark and Saints change their hooker; Hartley leaving the field for Haywood.

  • 57

    This time the scrum gets underway well but we have a Saints penalty for a high tackle from Itoje. Myler sends it long, lineout Saints up near halfway.

  • 56

    Saints get a huge shove on but no penalty. We reset with the Saints put in again.

  • 54

    Paterson leaves the field as Ratuniyarawa enters for Saints as we set this scrum.

  • 54

    Itoje knocks on in contact though and Saints will have the put in at the scrum.

  • 54

    Saracens steal the lineout once again though and are pushing deep within Saints' 22. The forwards are working hard to get close to the line.

  • 53

    Saracens look dangerous off the lineout. Vunipola and Brits team up to set Wigglesworth free but Groom is there to push him into touch. Lineout Saints deep in their own 22.

  • 52

    Scrum down then and Saracens whip the ball out quickly. Francis puts in a huge tackle to stop their progress but is then stuck in the ruck and penalised. Saracens send the penalty into the corner for a lineout on Saints' 22.

  • 51

    Jamal Ford-Robinson replaces Kieran Brookes for Saints too.

  • 51

    George and Koch make way for Brits and Figallo for Saracens.

  • 51

    Free kick Saints at the scrum as Saracens push early and Saints run the ball. More attack from Saints here and they make it into Saracens' half but the ball is lost forwards and we have a scrum for Saracens.

  • 50

    A lot of confusion at the lineout for Saracens and they're penalised for a not straight throw. Scrum down with a Saints put in on the halfway line.

  • 49

    Penalty Saracens at the scrum as Brookes is penalised and Wigglesworth kicks to touch again. Lineout Saracens on halfway.

  • 48

    No try says the TMO and we come back for a scrum on Saracens' five metre line.

  • 48

    THAT COULD BE THE SCORE OF THE GAME!! Collins chips through for Burrell to chase and the centre does get there! We got to the TMO for the grounding...

  • 48

    Ribbans won't return from the sin bin, Wood takes his place on the field while Reinach is replaced by Groom for Saints.

  • 48

    Wigglesworth boxes from the lineout and Harrison is there. Saracens are then pinged at the breakdown and Myler sends the penalty into touch.

  • 47

    Eventually we get the scrum down and with Saints a man down in that area still, Saracens are awarded the penalty. Wigglesworth sends the penalty into touch. Lineout Saracens just inside their own half.

  • 45

    Saracens get up for the lineout though and earn the put in at the scrum from within their own 22.

  • 44

    Brilliant handling from Collins and Lawes sets Waller free out wide on the left before Saints bring it back inside. Saracens are penalised at the breakdown and Myler sends the penalty into the corner. Lineout Saints well inside Saracens' 22.

  • 43

    Farrell...

    ... adds the simple extras.

    6 - 36
  • 42

    Try Saracens

    Koch dots down after seem quick hands from Goode, Itoje and Wray get the ball close.

    6 - 34
  • 42

    Reinach boxes from the restart and Saracens run it back at Saints. Less urgency from the reigning champions this half but they break through Saints' defence eventually...

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    SAINTS v SARACENS IS BACK ON!

    A huge second half needed from Saints against the double reigning champions as Farrell gets us restarted...

  • HT

  • 40

    Farrell...

    ... converts, too, to end the half.

    6 - 29
  • 40

    Try Saracens

    Saracens maul over from the lineout and Calum Clark is the man over the line with the ball.

    6 - 27
  • 39

    David Ribbans is sent to the sin bin after that penalty at the maul.

  • 39

    Saracens maul from the lineout but make little ground. Saints are penalised at the maul though and Saracens will take the lineout again.

  • 38

    Scrum down then after a few resets and Wray gets the ball out quickly. Saracens push towards Saints' line with advantage being played. Saints intercept and Burrell has a clear route to the line but we have to come back for the penalty. Lineout Saracens in Saints' 22 off the back of it.

  • 36

    Saracens switch Bosch with Taylor as we set the scrum.

  • 35

    Saracens maul the lineout and make it back into Saints' 22 before Wigglesworth pulls the ball out. They come wide but Saints get a hand in and the ball goes forwards. Scrum Saracens inside Saints' 22.

  • 34

    Paterson collects the restart and Saints play the ball from within their own 22 before sending it back to Myler to clear deep into the Tetley's. Lineout Saracens just outside Saints' 22.

  • 33

    Myler...

    ... makes no mistake with the kick to the sticks.

    6 - 22
  • 33

    Nothing but a penalty for Saints from the TMO and the Franklin's Faithful aren't happy... Myler lines up with the penalty though.

  • 32

    But we stop play and come back for some potentially foul play out wide from Farrell. We're heading to the TMO...

  • 32

    Saracens find themselves in possession but the chip through and Saints play the ball. Reinach dinks it though into some space and nearly makes it there to collect but Williams just gets there first. Saracens box but Lawes is there to charge down. They do eventually clear to Saints and the home side run it into their 22, this is much better play from Saints.

  • 30

    Farrell...

    ... can't convert from the touchline though.

    3 - 22
  • 29

    Try Saracens

    A second of the game for Williams as he manages to stretch over out wide.

    3 - 22
  • 29

    Saracens run it from the lineout and work their way into Saints' 22 again. They're whipping it wide once more...

  • 28

    North leaves the field and Tom Collins enters play for Saints. We restart with a Saracens lineout.

  • 27

    Saints have the lineout then on halfway and Lawes takes it well. The ball comes wide and Tuala looks set to make some ground but we stop the game as North's leg is seen to.

  • 27

    Free ball for Saints as there's an advantage coming and North steams up the left and into Saracens' 22. But Saracens somehow get ahold on the ball and clear.

  • 25

    Free kick to Saints before the lineout is even taken and Myler sends it long. Saracens are there and they return it. Foden collects and Saints start crashing it up. Myler, too, spots some space in behind but Goode manages to get back and clear himself. Lineout Saints on halfway.

  • 24

    Saracens maul it up before boxing. North is there but Saints send the ball high themselves and Saracens collect. Farrell spots space in behind and chips through for a Saints lineout inside their own 22.

  • 23

    Change of direction for the restart but Saracens still box. Tuala is there but he's pushed into touch by Itoje. Lineout Saracens just inside their own half.

  • 21

    Farrell...

    ... sends the conversion through too.

    3 - 17
  • 20

    Try Saracens

    Saracens maul towards the line from the lineout and Saints can do little to stop their progress. Barritt is the man over the line with the ball.

    3 - 15
  • 19

    Goode breaks and Koch is there but he is held short of the line. Saracens earn penalty at the breakdown though and opt for the lineout just metres from Saints' line.

  • 18

    It's Wray who received the restart this time and Saracens clear once more. Tuala is there and he kicks high. Saracens run it at Saints again and Wyles makes a break out wide. They're in the 22 again and whipping it left to right again.

  • 16

    Farrell...

    ... sends the simple penalty through from in front of the posts.

    3 - 10
  • 15

    Saracens get close, with Goode almost making it over, but we come back for a penalty to Saracens and Farrell points to the posts again.

  • 15

    Williams breaks free out wide and gets them close but Saints are there to take him down. Saracens are really pushing close to the line though...

  • 14

    Hugely attritional so far at the Gardens and it continues to be as Saracens try to barge their way into Saints' 22 again.

  • 13

    Kruis is on the end of the restart again but this time Saints are there to take him down. Saracens box but manage to get there themselves and push towards Saints' half.

  • 12

    Farrell...

    ... sends the conversion through this time.

    3 - 7
  • 11

    Try Saracens

    Williams barges through the last man to score out wide.

    3 - 5
  • 11

    Saracens' lineout is clean and the away side push forwards into Saints' 22 but the home side's defence is holding for now. Saracens whip it wide again, trying to create an overlap but one doesn't come. Bosch tries to smash it up the middle before sending it wide to Williams...

  • 9

    Saints clear the restart and Saracens have a lineout on halfway.

  • 8

    Myler...

    ... straight through the uprights! Brilliant nudge that!

    3 - 0
  • 8

    North turns himself free of a defender and Saints are pushing with an advantage to come now. Myler goes for the cross field but we'll come back for the penalty instead. The fly half points to the posts.

  • 6

    Saints take the 22 drop then and Itoje is there to collect it. Saints push hard in defence though and first hold Saracens at halfway before earning a penalty at the breakdown. Myler sends it into touch again. Lineout Saints.

  • 4

    Farrell...

    ... sends the kick wide though.

    0 - 0
  • 4

    With an advantage coming, Saracens play on but soon decide to take the penalty. Farrell points for the posts.

  • 3

    Lawes takes the lineout and Saints come running at their guests. Myler sends a high ball up for Burrell but Goode gets there first. Aerial tennis ensues before Saracens decide enough is enough and bring the ball back out into play.

  • 1

    George Kruis gets us for the kick-off and Saracens maul from there but gain little ground and are forced to box. Tuala is there and he offloads to Harrison who barges forwards. Saracens are pinged at the breakdown for being offside though and Myler sends the ball into touch. Lineout Saints.

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    WE'RE UNDERWAY AT THE GARDENS!

    Stephen Myler gets us started in this European Champions Cup opener!