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Summary

  1. Saracens win to go top of the Premiership
  2. Sarries led 13-8 at the break
  3. Two late tries from Jamie George secure victory
  4. Wasps lose 100% start to the league campaign

Live Reporting

By James Law

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

FT: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

So there you have it - the challengers come to the home of the champions having beaten all before them, but find this challenge too much.

Saracens are back where they feel they'll belong, top of the Premiership, but Wasps are on their coattails, just two points behind them.

Just the small matter of the first round of European Champions Cup games next week.

This season just keeps on giving.

Recap

FT: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

If you've just joined us and don't want to scroll down the page for the details, here's what you missed.

Reigning champions Saracens have moved to the top of the Premiership table after ending Wasps' 100% start to the season.

Sarries led 13-8 at the break, and although penalties from Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth pulled the score back, Jamie George went over twice either side of Josh Bassett's yellow card to give the hosts a bonus point win.

You can read our match report here.

"We've come up second best"

FT: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told BT Sport:

"The best team won - as simple as that.

"We didn't really get any penetration with the ball - we knew what was coming with their legendeary defence.

"We weren't allowed to play the game we would've liked, but we knew what was coming and we've got to learn from it.

"We've had a really good start but we've come up second best against the double champions."

Match reaction

FT: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

Billy Vunipola told BT Sport: "We were good today in parts, but we still need to work on our discipline.

"There's a lot more pressure (on us), but if you want to be world class you have to take that front on."

Extra edge for Sarries

FT: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

It was a great day for us and it was the cherry on the cake to get the bonus point. When you come up against a side which is unbeaten in the Premiership, there is always going to be more edge in it. The staff put in so much analysis into each game and we knew what the game-plan was. It was just about carrying that out.

Will FraserSaracens back-row on BBC Radio London

Full-time

Saracens 30-14 Wasps

A game that was up for grabs for so much of the 80 minutes has finished in a fairly comfortable margin of victory for Saracens.

Two Jamie George tries created the gap in the score, but the hosts really turned the screw as the second half wore on and Wasps couldn't quite go toe to toe with them.

We have new Premiership leaders folks!

Saracens 30-14 Wasps

Saracens have been powerful, measured and clinical here, all words which can be used to describe Maro Itoje.

He has been imperious in this second half.

The only time you really believed in Wasps was in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and the hosts quickly changed that.

Try (George, con Spencer)

Saracens 30-14 Wasps

Saracens are predators, aren't they?

Any sign of weakness, any possible opportunity to pounce and they're on hand to do exactly that to claim a bonus point try.

A matter of seconds after Wasps have Josh Bassett sin-binned, Jamie George goes over for his second try of the game after a driving maul.

The extras are added by Ben Spencer and the visitors' winning record is all but gone.

Jamie George
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Saracens 23-14 Wasps

It's all beginning to unravel for leaders Wasps.

Josh Bassett is pulled up for a high tackle, adding to his deliberate knock-on earlier this half, and he's showed the yellow card.

Sarries have home advantage, a nine point lead and an extra man now, with less than seven minutes to go.

Try (George, con Lozowski)

Saracens 23-14 Wasps

Saracens certainly aren't ready for a changing of the guard in English rugby.

Having seen their lead shrink moments before, Sarries do what perennial winners do and recover instantly, replacement Jamie George diving over from close range to score.

Alex Lozowski converts - is there any way back for Wasps?

Saracens try
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Penalty (Gopperth)

Saracens 16-14 Wasps

The sublime followed by the ridiculous just seconds later.

Wasps are in the ascendancy and look like getting a try, but England international Maro Itoje shows his international class to rip the ball from his opponent.

However moments later a penalty is conceded and Jimmy Gopperth puts Wasps to within two points.

Saracens 16-11 Wasps

One thing's for sure - Wasps' Fijian Nathan Hughes has been in the wars this afternoon.

He's taken hit after hit, but after being pinned in their 22 for a couple minutes, the away side force a knock on and manage to clear their lines to thwart Sarries.

Nathan Hughes
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Missed penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 16-11 Wasps

It's not very often you see rugby players answering back to the referee, but Wasps' replacement Joe Launchbury has been a bit petulant.

His team-mate Josh Bassett is penalised for knocking-on deliberately, much to Launchbury's annoyance, and Sarries are suddenly on the offensive.

Another penalty follows and the title holders decide to kick for the posts, but Alex Lozowski is wayward with the boot.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 16-11 Wasps

Saracens probe and harry their opponents, and force the penalty as Wasps are caught offside.

Fly-half Alex Lozowski punishes his former employers by kicking the three points.

Sarries' lead is back to five points.

Saracens 13-11 Wasps

Changes have been made to both sides in the last few minutes, and the momentum Wasps had has been halted.

Each side has had a drop goal attempt, both of which have been unsuccessful. Tiredness setting in, or a lack of options on the pitch?

Nathan Hughes, Michael Rhodes
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Penalty (Gopperth)

Saracens 13-11 Wasps

Danny Cipriani targets Sarries' Mike Ellery with a kick from hands, and Ellery is punished for tackling Marty Moore of the ball.

It's a soft, needless penalty to give away, but that's what happens when Wasps turn up the heat.

Jimmy Gopperth adds the three points the visitors have deserved for their quick start to the half.

Saracens 13-8 Wasps

Dai Young
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I don't know about you but whenever I see a manager with a laptop or notepad, I create possible scenarios of what they could be looking at or making notes about.

Ordering a takeaway? Checking how England are doing in the cricket?

Surely it’s too boring to assume they’re just watching the game? Just me? Let’s forget anything was said.

More importantly, Wasps still have the territory here.

Saracens 13-8 Wasps

Make no mistake about it, Wasps are charged up.

More spontaneous play from Danny Cipriani, his chip and run almost leading to a try, but Sarries deal with that and the resulting surge.

The penalty is theirs and Alex Lozowski and Schalk Burger can pat themselves on the back for that defensive work.

Danny Cipriani
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Second half

Saracens 13-8 Wasps

Play has started again at Allianz Park, where we're not really any closer to knowing the outcome.

As things stand, Saracens would overtake Wasps at the top on points difference, but it's far too early to be thinking about that.

There's been a change for the visitors - Joe Simpson has replaced the injured Dan Robson at scrum-half.

'Both attacks potent'

HT: Saracens 13-8 Wasps

It is a tactic from both sides to keep the opposition outside of the 22. The two times we have got in, we have scored and they have done the same. It shows the potency of both attacks. The only way you can get the ball to attack is through defending and that is a massive part of the game.

Will FraserSaracens back-row on BBC Radio London

Saturday's antics

Alofa Alofa
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There were four Premiership games on Saturday, but what were the headlines?

Exeter needed a late Damian Welch try to deny Gloucester victory in the south west derby at Sandy Park.

Four tries, including one for Graham Kitchener against his former club, saw Leicester claim a bonus point win over Worcester Warriors.

A strong second-half performance from Harlequins secured victory against Northampton and saw them leapfrog Saints in the table.

Newcastle Falcons survived a second-half fightback from Bristol to earn their third win of the season. 

You can relive all of Saturday's action here.

Sarries 'remain patient'

HT: Saracens 13-8 Wasps

It was a brilliant half of rugby. With all the territory and possession we had, Wasps really showed their quality. That try before half-time was all about patient build-up.

Will FraserSaracens back-row on BBC Radio London

Half-time

Saracens 13-8 Wasps

Just to confirm, we are now at the midway point of this humdinger.

Saracens have certainly been on top, and the league leaders will be privately pleased to be within a score of the champions.

One thing I did neglect to mention, just before the Sarries try Wasps lost lock Kearnan Myall to injury - blood was pouring from his head.

We hope it's not too bad.

Ashley Johnson
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Try (Ellery, con missed Lozowski

Saracens 13-8 Wasps

It's the last play of the half and Wasps have just got back on level terms - but Sarries maintained their drive and concentration.

This time scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth is the architect, showing his eye for a pass by feeding winger Mike Ellery, who goes over in the corner.

The conversion is missed, but the hosts lead at the break.

Mike Ellery
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Try (Bassett, con missed Gopperth)

Saracens 8-8 Wasps

The records will read that winger Josh Bassett scored the try, and he did, but huge credit must go to Wasps playmaker Danny Cipriani.

Clever, magic, delightful - however you want to describe it, Cipriani showed some nifty footwork to tear apart the Sarries defence and play in Bassett.

Gopperth is off target with the conversion, but all of a sudden Wasps are level.  

Josh Bassett
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Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 8-3 Wasps

Sarries have their five point buffer back.

The penalty comes about at the scrum, with England international Billy Vunipola working his magic.

Alex Lozowski does the business with his kick, finding the middle of the posts.

Penalty (Gopperth)

Saracens 5-3 Wasps

Wasps are on the board, and it's their stand-in skipper Jimmy Gopperth who kicks over with ease after the visitors win a penalty.

The cogs are starting to turn for the leaders, and Sarries captain Brad Barritt has been warned about his team's indiscipline by the referee.

Watch your step!

Saracens 5-0 Wasps

As relentless as Saracens have been, Wasps have begun to venture forward once or twice.

On their latest foray into the Sarries 22, Argentina international Juan Figallo gets the better of his Wasps equivalent Simon McIntyre, and wins a penalty to relieve the pressure.

The champions won't be easy to break down, that's for sure.

Saracens 5-0 Wasps

You know when both teams are so good and the tempo is so high, that the sides cancel each other out?

Well, that's pretty much what's happening right now.

Both Saracens and Wasps are leaving no room to manoeuvre, and no one is being allowed any freedom with ball in hand. 

Brad Barritt
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Saracens 5-0 Wasps

Mark McCall
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His side may be ahead at this early stage, but Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has cut a frustrated figure at times in the stand.

It's not clear what has irked him, but it just shows how high the champions set the bar.

On the field meanwhile, Wasps appear to have the better of the scrum thus far, but are yet to really get up the pitch.

Saracens 5-0 Wasps

Just as Wasps appear to be hitting their stride in terms of passing, Sarries number eight Billy Vunipola rips the ball from his opposite number Nathan Hughes and the home side then attack.

It's already end to end, but pressure from each side is leading to errors.

Saracens 5-0 Wasps

The hosts haven't given Wasps any time to settle in possession, but are over keen and give away a penalty.

However the resulting lineout from Dai Young's side isn't straight and they gift Sarries a scrum.

Wasps will need to be more ruthless.

Try (M Vunipola, con missed Lozowski)

Saracens 5-0 Wasps

From a clever line-out taken straight from the training field, Mako Vunipola, aided by George Kruis, bundles himself and the ball over the try line.

It was a strong Sarries driving maul, and the champions have the early edge.

Alex Lozowski misses his first conversion attempt of the afternoon against his old club - it was a tricky one out wide in fairness.

Mako Vunipola scores
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Kick off

Saracens 0-0 Wasps

We're underway at a packed out Allianz Arena - the roar as the players emerged was quite something.

Bath gatecrashed the top two with victory on Friday night, but this is the one we've been waiting for.

Let's hope the game lives up to its billing.

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Saracens v Wasps (15:00 BST)

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Team news

Saracens v Wasps (15:00 BST)

Saracens make six changes after beating Bristol on 30 September as Sean Maitland, Marcelo Bosch and Richard Wigglesworth return to the back line.

Hooker Schalk Brits, prop Juan Figallo and flanker Michael Rhodes are named in the forward pack.

Saracens: Maitland; Ellery, Bosch, Barritt (capt), Wyles; Lozowski, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, Brits, Figallo, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes. Burger, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, Lamositele, Du Plessis, Hamilton, Wray, Spencer, Tompkins, Gallagher.

Saracens Wasps
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Wasps make changes in their pack, as Simon McIntyre, Marty Moore and Thomas Young all start.  

Director of rugby Dai Young is forced into a late change as Tom Cruse replaces Tommy Taylor, who is sick, at hooker.

James Gaskell comes onto the bench.

Wasps: Miller; Wade, Daly, Gopperth (capt), Bassett; Cipriani, Robson; McIntyre, Cruse, Moore, Symons, Myall, Johnson, Young, Hughes.

Replacements: Gaskell, Mullan, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury, Rieder, Simpson, Eastmond, Halai.

Brace yourselves...

Saracens v Wasps (15:00 BST)

Saracens v Wasps
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Good afternoon - you join us 10 minutes before kick off at the Allianz Arena, for what must be the biggest game of the Premiership campaign so far.

Granted, the season is only six weeks old, but this is the reigning champions against a Wasps side which has won all of their matches so far and sit top of the table.

As far as I'm concerned, games in October don't get any better than this.