Heineken Cup: Saracens 64-3 Zebre

SARACENS (29) 64

  • Tries: Strettle, Burger, George, Wigglesworth, Ransom, Taylor 2, B Vunipola, Ashton
  • Conversions: Farrell 8
  • Penalties: Farrell

ZEBRE (3) 3

  • Penalties: Orquera

Saracens scored nine tries as they thumped bottom side Zebre in their Heineken Cup Pool Three encounter.

The hosts secured a bonus point before the half-hour mark, with David Strettle, Jacques Burger, Jamie George and Richard Wigglesworth all crossing.

Duncan Taylor finished with two tries while England fly-half Owen Farrell kicked 19 points.

Toulouse, the English side's chief rivals for a quarter-final place, secured a bonus-point win at Connacht.

Saracens, who beat Zebre 39-10 last week, continued where they left off against the Italian side.

Heineken Cup - Pool 3

Pld Won Pts

Saracens

4

3

15

Toulouse

4

3

15

Connacht

4

2

9

Zebre

4

0

0

England wing Strettle crossed after four minutes before Burger emerged from a pile of bodies to claim his side's second try.

Zebre flanker Nicola Cattina was sin-binned after 20 minutes for taking George Kruis out in the air, and George soon went over for Saracens's third try.

The bonus point was secured after 26 minutes when Chris Ashton and Taylor combined superbly for Wigglesworth to score.

Luciano Orquera got Zebre on the scoreboard after 29 minutes with a well-taken penalty, but Saracens kept coming and scored their fifth try shortly after the restart, Ben Ransom strolling over after a powerful break from Billy Vunipola.

Minutes later Wigglesworth displayed quick thinking from a tap penalty to set up Taylor for his first try, before the hosts emptied their replacements' bench.

Saracens brought up the half-century after 63 minutes, Taylor crossing again, before England number eight Vunipola barged over.

Jackson Wray was sin-binned for Saracens in the final stages but England winger Ashton still managed to score try number nine for his side.

Saracens: Ransom, Ashton, Bosch, Taylor, Strettle, Farrell, Wigglesworth, Barrington, George, Johnston, Borthwick, Kruis, Wray, Burger, B. Vunipola.

Replacements: Hodgson for Taylor (61), Goode for Strettle (57), De Kock for Wigglesworth (53), M. Vunipola for Barrington (41), Brits for George (58), Stevens for Johnston (51), Hargreaves for Borthwick (41), Joubert for Burger (64).

Sin Bin: Wray (75).

Zebre: Palazzani, Sarto, Quartaroli, Ratuvou, Venditti, Orquera, Leonard, Aguero, Manici, Leibson, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Bergamasco, Cattina, Vunisa.

Replacements: Toniolatti for Sarto (41), Chillon for Leonard (54), De Marchi for Aguero (34), Giazzon for Manici (48), Chistolini for Leibson (48), Van Vuren for Bortolami (67), Caffini for Cattina (31).

Not Used: Iannone.

Sin Bin: Cattina (20).

Att: 7,300

Ref: Dudley Phillips (Ireland).