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Saracens defeat struggling Irish

Saracens maintained their pressure on the Aviva Premiership leaders as they inflicted a 10th-straight defeat on struggling London Irish with a 12-6 victory at Vicarage Road.

Far from a classic, this grinding London derby encounter was decided by the boot, with young fly-half Owen Farrell kicking four penalties for Sarries and Chris Malone responding with two of his own for the Exiles.

The win keeps Sarries in second place, six points behind leaders Leicester, but Irish, without a win since October 31, are now down to seventh with their hopes of a play-off place fading fast.

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