Stingy Saracens keep Glasgow Warriors out

Saracens got their Champions Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 13-3 victory over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Sunday.

All the points of the match were scored in the second half. Despite Glasgow growing more and more into the encounter as the game went on, they were unable to get past a solid Saracens outfit, who produced a brilliant defensive performance.

It took 10 minutes before the pace and width of Saracens' game began to wear Glasgow Warriors down. Michael Rhodes went over in the left-hand corner after a move that swept from left to right and back. Owen Farrell added the extras for the 7-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Warriors were pinged for offside and Farrell made no mistake with the easy penalty attempt after a quarter of an hour. Seven minutes later, Glasgow fly-half Adam Hastings responded with a penalty as this time Saracens were penalised for offside.

The hosts were beginning to gain more territory with a couple of incisive forays upfield but could not breach the Saracens' try-line. The visitors, meanwhile, were coming closer and closer to their second but for some heroic last-ditch defending by Glasgow.

However, it would remain 10-3 until the 38th minute before a silly bit of dissent by Ryan Wilson gifted Farrell the easy three as Saracens took a 13-3 lead into the interval as referee Mathieu Raynal brought to an end a rather fractious first-half.

Glasgow enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half but were unable to breach a staunch Saracens' defensive line. In fact, it remained scoreless for the entire 40 minutes.

There was no time to stage a comeback, but Glasgow could have come away with the losing bonus-point. However, it was not to be as the visitors' defence stood firm, with Saracens closing out a comfortable 13-3 victory.

The scorers:

For Glasgow Warriors:
Pen: Hastings

For Saracens:
Try: Rhodes
Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell 2

The teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Callum Gibbins (cc), 6 Ryan Wilson (cc), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Rob Harley, 3 D’Arcy Rae, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Rory Hughes

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Mike Rhodes, 6 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Liam Williams

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Alexandre Ruiz (France), Thomas Charabas (France)
Television match official: Philippe Bonhoure (France)