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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps
  2. Sarries go a point clear at the top, Wasps down in 10th
  3. England hooker Jamie George scores three tries

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By James Law

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FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Jamie George
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You can't help but smile when you look at the glee in Jamie George's face.

A hat-trick for him and a bonus-point win for new Premiership leaders Saracens, while Wasps are languishing in 10th after four losses in a row.

Both clubs start their European Champions Cup campaign next weekend, with Sarries defending their crown - thanks for joining us.

Report: George treble helps Saracens go top

FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Jamie George
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Jamie George scores a hat-trick of tries to help Saracens beat Wasps 38-19 and move to the top of the Premiership.

Read Michael Emons' full report here.

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Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Jamie George scores a hat-trick of tries to help Saracens beat Wasps 38-19 and move to the top of the Premiership.

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FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

There was no lack of effort from Wasps, just a lack of guile.

Barritt pleased with performance

FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps

We wanted to put in a big performance and for 65 minutes I thought we did. It was disappointing to let it slip at the end, but Jamie's put in a man-of-the-match performance.

Brad BarrittSaracens centre

'We wanted to put on a show'

FT: Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Wasps are a good team and have a brilliant squad. It was a big day for Brad Barritt, playing his 200th game, and we wanted to put a big show on for him

Jamie GeorgeSaracens hat-trick hero

'The gulf was significant'

Saracens 38-19 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Saracens rarely disappoint. They started both halves was just too much for Wasps and took their chances.

The gulf between the sides was significant.

Full-time

Saracens 38-19 Wasps

It was only four tries to three in Saracens' favour, but there was a bit of a gulf between the sides.

Jamie George's hat-trick will take the headlines.

Try (Bassett, con Miller)

Saracens 38-19 Wasps

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

Saracens knock the ball on but it falls into the path of Josh Bassett who puts the ball down over the line - and this one actually counts.

A good way to end for Wasps, though the conversion is missed by Rob Miller.

No try (Bassett)

Saracens 38-14 Wasps

Well that was a bit peculiar.

Dan Robson shows quick feet and Wasps get themselves a line-out deep in enemy territory.

The ball breaks to Josh Bassett, who puts the ball down over the line, but a forward pass is eventually signalled by the TMO - that was a very late call.

Try review (Bassett)

Saracens 38-14 Wasps

Josh Bassett goes over for Wasps, but is there a forward pass?

Saracens 38-14 Wasps

Wasps lose their lineout and probably their chance of getting any points from this match.

Dai Young looks a frustrated figure in the stand - his side have been blown away by Sarries in spells.

The visitors have a scrum in their own half after a knock-on by the hosts.

Saracens 38-14 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

If Wasps can take a point home from here it will be vital for them.

Try (J Willis, con Miller)

Saracens 38-14 Wasps

It won't change the result but what a way to mark your first Premiership start, Jack Willis.

He takes the ball ever so well from a quick pass inside and provides the finishing touch.

Jack's brother Tom is also on the pitch for his top-flight debut, so it's a real family affair.

Rob Miller kicks the extras for Wasps.

Try (George, con Lozowski)

Saracens 38-7 Wasps

Hat-trick and bonus-point klaxon!

This has turned into a rout in the second half, and Jamie George is once again the man to dot down after a Sarries catch and drive.

It's a third of the afternoon for the England hooker, who is now taken off, while Alex Lozowski makes the conversion.

Saracens 31-7 Wasps

Wasps
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Vincent Koch immediately makes his presence known after coming on, winning Saracens a penalty at the scrum.

Wasps then force a knock-on, with both teams starting to tire and make errors.

Liam Williams, who went off for a head injury assessment earlier in the half, has know been taken off - James Gaskell is one of those to come on for Wasps after an injury lay-off.

Saracens 31-7 Wasps

Wasps have understandably started to empty their bench, with Dan Robson among those coming on.

They launch a rare attack but Saracens just do not allow them to breath on the ball, relentlessly shutting them down.

Willie Le Roux is unlucky with his kick into space as he falls while trying to chase his kick, but this is a good spell from the visitors.

Saracens 31-7 Wasps

The aim for Sarries is clear - one more try and they'll get the bonus-point to go a point clear at the top of the Premiership.

This match might be gone for Wasps but it nevertheless has the feel of an important last 25 minutes for them.

They play again on Friday night, so injuries need to be avoided - but if they lose by a wider margin it will look ugly.

Saracens 31-7 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

It looks a long 29 minutes for Wasps unless they change the momentum of the game.

Try (George, con Lozowski)

Saracens 31-7 Wasps

You feel like Wasps needed to get the first points of the second half to really have a go at their opponents.

But they've now conceded 13 points without reply since half-time.

Jamie George gets his second try of the afternoon - the England man did the same in last season's fixture - this time he goes over at the back of a driving maul.

Alex Lozowski converts and Wasps look well out of this.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 24-7 Wasps

Wasps show promise in attack but are left isolated and Argentina prop Juan Figallo snatches a penalty for Saracens to thwart their opponents.

In typical fashion the European champions go up the other end and get some points - Thomas Young cynically stops Liam Williams and that man Alex Lozowski kicks a simple penalty.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 21-7 Wasps

Brad Barritt - on his landmark appearance - helps Saracens over the gainline and they reap the reward of a penalty.

It's as unmissable as they come and Alex Lozowski does the honours to put them 14 points up.

Second half

Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Jack Willis
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Wasps emerge first from the changing rooms - no doubt with the words of Dai Young still ringing in their ears.

Soon enough the Saracens players join them, and we're off and running again thanks to Alex Lozowski's boot.

When will we see Christian Wade off the bench for the visitors?

HT: Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Chris Wyles
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So how do we see this one panning out?

Do Sarries have a stranglehold now, or can Wasps spring a surprise?

Your predictions are welcome via #bbcrugby - which is also the place if you want to air your views on all things Premiership.

HT: Saracens 18-7 Wasps

James Haskell
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As things stand, Wasps will fall to a fourth successive Premiership defeat for the first time since March 2014.

It would leave Dai Young's side third-from-bottom after more than a quarter of the season - too early to be concerned?

Premiership week six review

HT: Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Lachlan Turner
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Everyone aside from Saracens and Wasps has already played in the Premiership this weekend - so what have been the headlines?

  • England wing Jonny May scored his sixth try in six matches as Leicester Tigers beat London Irish to register a fourth successive Premiership victory.
  • Exeter Chiefs returned to the top of the Premiership table, extending their unbeaten home run to 11 matches with a bonus-point victory over Newcastle.
  • Gloucester ran in four second-half tries to beat Northampton in an enthralling game at Kingsholm.
  • Bath came from behind to earn a bonus-point win over bottom club Worcester, as local boy Freddie Burns' full debut was ruined by a red card.
  • Harlequins earned a third Premiership win of the season as they ended their losing home run to come out on top on a night of nine tries at The Stoop.

'A blistering start'

Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

It was a blistering start from Saracens off Wasps mistakes, they were ruthless.

But Wasps worked their way back into the game and they are hanging in there, but when Saracens flick that switch, they are very dominant.

Half-time

Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Wasps win the line-out and drive forward, but Will Rowlands is pinged and the half-time whistle follows.

Tries from Chris Wyles and Jamie George helped the hosts build a 15-0 lead, but a rare Marty Moore score means Wasps remain in touch.

Saracens 18-7 Wasps

After a break in play, Wasps have the scrum near the halfway line and win a penalty.

Elliot Daly kicks to touch and the visitors are going for a late flurry here before half-time.

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Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 18-7 Wasps

Just as I was praising Saracens' fly-half Alex Lozowski, he is once again involved.

Wasps are penalised for not releasing the ball and the England hopeful just about kicks the penalty.

Saracens 15-7 Wasps

Saracens
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This is more like the evenly-matched, toe-to-toe encounter we were hoping for.

But Sarries aren't just going to allow their visitors back into this - England duo Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola come in with some big hits to halt Wasps.

Alex Lozowski is impressing against his former club, both with the boot and with ball in hand.

Saracens 15-7 Wasps

Willie Le Roux isn't enjoying the best of games for Wasps.

After just one phase of attack he attempts a speculative chip over the top but it drifts out harmlessly and Sarries are able to clear their lines.

'Wasps were getting pummelled'

Saracens 15-7 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

It was sensational play, and it shows the attitude from Wasps.

They were getting pummelled in their own 22 but one mistake and they got out of there and they got over the line with the drive.

Try (Moore, con Miller)

Saracens 15-7 Wasps

Wasps are off the mark.

After Josh Bassett's surge forces a line-out, the visitors go for the catch and drive and it pays off.

It takes a while to find the identity of the try-scorer, but it's Marty Moore - his first in 23 Premiership appearances.

Saracens 15-0 Wasps

Saracens want this done by half-time, that much is clear.

Some would suggest a 15-point buffer is already enough, but we know all about the flair and creativity that Wasps have become known for.

The visitors break forward through Josh Bassett but is denied 10m from the try-line - a reminder that Dai Young's side are still just about in this.

Saracens 15-0 Wasps

Wasps are on the ropes here - big time.

The hosts almost score again on two separate occasions - Juan Figallo and Mako Vunipola combine but a last-ditch Wasps tackle saves them.

It was admirable defending but Sarries continue to knock on the door.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 15-0 Wasps

Elliot Daly, celebrating his 25th birthday today, is down injured for Wasps - hopefully he'll be OK to continue.

A break in play could do the visitors good as Saracens have built a wave of momentum in the opening 15 minutes here.

As play continues the hosts have a penalty, which ex-Wasps man Alex Lozowski slots home nicely.

'Wasps under massive pressure'

Saracens 12-0 Wasps

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

You would be annoyed if your under-12s did that. The majority of the Wasps players turned their backs and Jamie George went through untouched.

Wasps are under massive pressure, but they have contributed to that themselves. Away from home, you want to weather the storm and you know Saracens will start well and test you out.

Jamie George
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Saracens 12-0 Wasps

Mako Vunipola
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That is not a stat that Wasps fans will want to see.

Saracens are imperious at fortress Allianz Park, and with a 12-point lead it would be quite something for their opponents to come back and win this.

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Small Man Peaky: Wasps look short of ideas in attack and defence is increasingly porous. Saracens bench very strong. Saracens by 8+.

I must add that this prediction was made just before kick-off - it looks good right now!