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Injury concern for Wigglesworth

Saracens' England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, forced off after 20 minutes of his first match back from the World Cup, faces a scan on his knee.

Injuries to Wigglesworth and England Under-20 number eight Jackson Wray, who left the ground on crutches, could not take the gloss off Sarries' 43-20 home victory over Exeter in the LV= Cup.

Paul Gustard, the Saracens defence and forwards coach, said: "We don't know the extent of the injuries just yet but we'll get them scanned and assess them tomorrow."

Saracens had already lost England prop Matt Stevens, ruled out with a sore back after being named on the replacements' bench for his first outing back from the World Cup.

"Matt wanted to play this game but unfortunately had to withdraw," added Gustard, who praised his side for the way they bounced back after losing 36-6 at Northampton in their opening group match a week earlier.

He said: "Our performance last week wasn't up to the standards we normally set ourselves. We let ourselves down in certain areas. But today all 23 players, including some in positions they don't normally play, dealt with adversity really well."

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter, who has rung the changes for the LV= Cup was not too disappointed by the performance of his side.

He said: "We were pretty pleased with how things were going and we were getting it right until about 20 minutes to go.

"It's hard to criticise the boys but we did it trying to chase the game and, tactically, started to get it a bit wrong.

"We put a couple of poor kicks into the air which then almost made us lock down and stopped us kicking at all - but you have got to kick tactically when the opposition are coming at you with a blanket defence. You have still got to play territory and try and control the game but in the last 20 minutes we put pressure on ourselves."


From Belfast Telegraph