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Sarries tighten grip on group

Saracens 55-13 Oyonnax

By Robert Jones

Published 21/12/2015

Star man: Chris Ashton bagged a hat-trick for Saracens
Star man: Chris Ashton bagged a hat-trick for Saracens

Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick of tries as Saracens remained unbeaten in all competitions this season with a convincing 55-13 European Champions Cup Pool One victory over Top 14 strugglers Oyonnax at Allianz Park.

Sarries scored eight tries, with three from Ashton, two from Samuela Vunisa and one each from Alex Goode, Jamie George, and Mike Ellery. Owen Farrell added a penalty and four conversions and replacement Charlie Hodgson added two conversions.

Oyonnax were competitive in the first half an hour but fell away badly to concede three tries in 11 minutes and could only manage one try from Fetu'u VaInikolo, which Rory Clegg converted. Regis Lespinas added a further two penalties.

Saracens were ahead on 12 minutes when Ashton squeezed in at the corner for Farrell to convert before Lespinas got the French outfit on the scoreboard with a penalty.

Ashton then collected a clever kick through from Farrell for his second score and Saracens sealed the game with two line-out drive tries from Vunisa either side of half-time.

It was now one-way traffic as Oyonnax wilted and Alex Goode scored the best try of the game by splitting the French defence to run 55 metres to score before Ellery repeated the feat.

George went on an unopposed 25-metre run to the line before a Hodgson pass was intercepted by Vainikolo to race 50m to score a consolation try for Oyonnax.

However, Saracens had the final say when Ashton completed his hat-trick as he latched on to a kick from Richard Wigglesworth.

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