Sarries smash Saints
- 15 Oct 2017
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.
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.
Round 1 results (Sunday):
Northampton 13 Saracens 57
Castres 17 Munster 17
Toulon 21 Scarlets 20
Ospreys 21 Clermont 26
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