LV= Cup: Saracens 19-11 Blues

Saracens (6) 19

  • Try: J Short
  • Cons: N Mordt
  • Pens: N Mordt (4)

Cardiff Blues (8) 11

  • Try: R Copeland
  • Cons : C Sweeney, G Davies

Fly-half Nils Mordt kicked his Saracens side to a victory over the Cardiff Blues in the LV= Cup at Allianz Park.

Mordt finished the game with a personal tally of 14 points with the boot, including four penalties and a conversion.

He converted wing James Short's try in Saracens first game at the their new home ground and Saracens' new artificial turf.

Number eight Robin Copeland scored the Blues' solitary try.

Fly-half Ceri Jenkins and his replacement Gareth Davies both landed a penalty for the Welsh side in a game which saw England full-back Alex Goode prove his fitness ahead of the Six Nations.

Goode, who made his first appearance in five weeks after he injured his shoulder, came through unscathed in the first professional rugby union match to be played on an artificial pitch designed for the sport.

Saracens invited 3,500 of their fans to this designated 'test event' at the club's new £24m home.

TEAMS

Saracens: Alex Goode; Joe Maddock, Duncan Taylor, Adam Powell, James Short; Nils Mordt (capt), Ben Spencer; Nick Auterac, Jamie George, Carlos Nieto, Eoin Sheriff, Mouritz Botha, Maro Itoje, Tom Jubb, Nick Fenton-Wells.

Replacements: John Smit, Darren Fearn, Petrus du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Justin Melck, Ali Price, Sam Stanley, Jack Wilson.

Cardiff Blues: Jason Tovey; Owen Williams, Gavin Evans (capt), Dafydd Hewitt; Ceri Sweeney, Lewis Jones; Sam Hobbs, Kristian Dacey, Benoit Bourrust, Michael Paterson, Macauley Cook, Luke Hamilton, Robin Copeland, Rory Watts-Jones.

Replacements: Rhys Williams, Nathan Trevett, Taufa'ao Filise, Cory Hill, Thomas Young, Alex Walker, Gareth Davies, Tom Williams.