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Sarries smash Saints

  • 15 Oct 2017
Liam Williams dives over in the corner Liam Williams dives over in the corner

Saracens started their European title defence with a 57-13 victory over the Northampton Saints, while Toulon and Clermont also secured wins on Sunday.

Sarries were in irresistible form from the outset and scored four first-half tries – including a brace by winger Liam Williams – to lead 29-6 at the break.

The onslaught continued in the second half with the visitors crossing for four more tries, including one from prop Vincent Koch, who powered over after the interval.

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In other matches on Sunday, centre Robert Ebersohn crossed for a crucial try as Castres surprisingly held Munster to a 17-17 draw.

An engrossing encounter at the Stade Mayol saw hosts Toulon escape with a 21-20 win over the Scarlets, and Clermont staved off a second-half comeback to beat the Ospreys 26-21 in Swansea.

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Round 1 results (Sunday):

Northampton 13 Saracens 57
Castres 17 Munster 17
Toulon 21 Scarlets 20
Ospreys 21 Clermont 26

Photo: @Saracens/Twitter

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