Brad Barritt and Wikus van Heerden were central to Saracens’ 19-14 win over Wasps at Vicarage Road.
Barritt’s impact on attack was limited but he was outstanding in defence, blunting Wasps’ 10-12 axis of Danny Cipriani and Riki Flutey. Van Heerden carried the ball strongly and was a constant threat at the breakdown.
However, while the South African pair stood out, the gutsy effort of the collective has to be lauded. They defended well for long periods and showed character to grab the win with a late try.
Flyhalves Glen Jackson and Cipriani traded penalties in the first half – Saracens taking a 12-6 lead into the break. But Wasps countered, scoring to take a 14-12 lead. However, a 75th minute converted try from Francisco Leonelli Morey sealed the result for Saracens.
In the other Sunday fixture, Bristol gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation with a 37-18 victory over Worcester Warriors.