Wednesday 22 May 2019

Madigan gives Saracens away-day blues in Bristol

Ian Madigan kicked the winner in Bristol's first win over Saracens since 2008
Ian Madigan kicked the winner in Bristol's first win over Saracens since 2008

John O'Sullivan

Ian Madigan condemned Saracens to a fifth straight away defeat in their domestic competition, as Mark McCall's side warmed up for their Champions Cup semi-final against Munster with a narrow 23-21 defeat to Bristol Bears.

A weakened Saracens thought they had snatched victory late when Ralph Adams-Hale crossed for a try, in addition to earlier tries from Tom Whiteley and Marcelo Bosch.

However, with the clock in red at the end of the game, Madigan kicked the winner in Bristol's first win over Saracens since 2008.

Despite Saracens resting key players such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, Munster will be enthused by the porous nature of the English side's defence.

Out of 126 tackles, Saracens missed 28. With Keith Earls in a rich vein of form as well as the livewire threat offered by Andrew Conway, the Munster management could target Saracens' defence in the wide channels.

The result will hurt the Allianz Park side's hopes of winning a second domestic and European double.

Saracens currently sit second in the Premiership table, but they were done a favour by Exeter who lost at home to Wasps.

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