Saturday 25 May 2019

Sarries gear up for Blues

The five-try try rout has also offered hope that Saracens could yet finish top of the table. (stock photo)
The five-try try rout has also offered hope that Saracens could yet finish top of the table. (stock photo)

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Saracens will enter their Champions Cup final against Leinster buoyed by a 38-7 drubbing of Premiership title rivals Exeter at Allianz Park.

Although the league's top two teams rested the vast majority of their stars for a fixture that served as a likely dress rehearsal for the climax to the season at Twickenham on June 1, it was still an impressive victory.

And the five-try try rout has also offered hope that Saracens could yet finish top of the table at Exeter's expense, with one round remaining in what would be a morale-boosting victory given both sides are already assured of home semi-finals.

European champions Leinster await in Newcastle on Saturday as Mark McCall's men chase a double that was given renewed impetus in changeable weather conditions that included sunshine, hail, strong winds and driving rain.

A tense first-half gave way to a glut of tries, with two in three minutes shortly after the interval placing Saracens in full command - Alex Lewington and Nick Tompkins crossing.

Lewington dotted down again, while Dominic Morris also registered a brace.

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