Guinness Premiership: Saracens 23 Worcester Warriors 6

WORCESTER’S bid to win three consecutive Premiership matches for the first time under Mike Ruddock failed at a freezing and sodden Vicarage Road.

All they could manage was two penalties from Chris Pennell for their insipid part in an uninspiring match.

Not only did the miss out on the chance to go above their Watford-based opponents in the table, they also lost fly half Loki Crichton to an ankle injury midway through the first half.

Sarries opened the scoring after three minutes as the visitors infringed at a ruck. Glen Jackson accepted the gift for 3-0.

They were eight points up after 11 minutes as Pennell’s over hit clearance allowed Alex Goode to slice through midfield and create the space for Kameli Ratuvou to slide over.

Dale Rasmussen then sidestepped his way to the home line only to slip with one man to beat. Saracens stepped offside though and Pennell made it 8-3 halfway through the period.

The young full back made it 8-6 eight minutes later but that was as close as Warriors got.

Jackson arced his way into the corner four minutes before the break for 13-6.

Saracens continued to dominate after the restart as Jackson kicked another three points and then - with seven minutes remaining, converted a slicing break between two defenders by replacements Brad Barritt.

SARACENS: Goode; Ratuvou, Powell (Sorrell 65), Farrell (Barritt 70), Cato; Jackson, De Kock (Rauluni 73); Aguero, Ongaro (Kyriacou 75), Visagie (Johnston 52), Owen (Chesney 70), Vyvyan (Ryder 70), Van Heerden, Saull, Skirving.

WORCESTER: Pennell; Gear, Rasmussen, Tuitupou, Benjamin; Crichton (Carlisle 20), Powell (Jones 65); Mullan, Lutui, Taumoepeau (Horsman 54) , Rawlinson, Gillies (Bowley 65), Talei (Cox 72), Sanderson, Horstmann. Replacements: Page, Grove

Referee: Mr Sean Davey (RFU)