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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 21:42 GMT 22:42 UK
Saracens thump Leeds
Saracens 57-21 Leeds

Saracens savaged the Leeds Tykes to take control of their Zurich Premiership wildcard play-off after the first leg at Vicarage Road.

Tom Shanklin scored one of Saracens six tries
Tom Shanklin scored one of Saracens six tries
Sarries ran in six tries and fly-half Andy Goode kicked 27 points to take a 36-point advantage into Sunday's second leg at Headingley.

Wayne Shelford's side only just escaped relegation, but played like a side at the other end of the table to score five tries from long range before Kevin Sorrell added one from close to the line in injury time.

There's a lot of confidence in the backs
Wayne Shelford
Saracens coach
Ben Johnston, Tom Shanklin, Darragh O'Mahony, Kris Chesney and Tim Horan had all crossed before Sorrell rounded things off.

After 33 minutes the hosts had the game in the bag. Johnston's solo effort from half-way was followed by Shanklin's diagonal sprint into the corner and a long-range effort from O'Mahony down the left.

Saracens 57
Tries: Johnston, Shanklin, O'Mahony, Chesney, Horan, Sorrell
Cons: Goode 6
Pens: Goode 5.
Leeds 21
Tries: Stanley 2, Hall
Cons: Ross 3
Goode supplied three conversions and three penalties as the hosts went 30-7 in front.

Leeds could only muster a reply after 10 minutes from Winston Stanley and Chris Hall's 40th-minute effort and trailed 33-14 at the break.

Chesney was put across by French prop Christian Califano before Stanley's dubious try reduced the arrears.

We've got to go home, regroup and get ready for Sunday
Phil Davies
Leeds coach
Horan celebrated his last home appearance before retirement by cutting inside two defenders on half-way and shrugging off a tackle before accelerating away under the posts.

Goode's converted and completed his perfect evening's work of 11 successful kicks in injury-time after Sorrell barged through another weak tackle on the right at the death.


Saracens: Horan, Shanklin, Johnston, Sorrell, O'Mahony, Goode, Bracken, Flatman, R. Russell, Califano, Chesney, Yandell, Roques, Hill, Skirving. Replacements: Marsters, Cairns, B. Russell, Peacey, Williams, Sparg, Winnan.

Leeds: Albanese, Hall, Harder, Davies, Stanley, Ross, Dickens, Kerr, Rawlinson, Holt, C. Murphy, P. Murphy, Popham, Ponton, Fea'unati. Replacements: Shelley, Wring, Hogg, Campbell, Hegarty, Emmerson, Scarbrough.

Referee: Roy Maybank (RFU)


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