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Tomkins takes the plaudits

Saracens coach Alex Sanderson lauded Joel Tomkins after the rugby league convert scored two tries on his first-team debut in the LV=Cup comeback win over Worcester.

The former Wigan player struck twice in five second-half minutes as Saracens, having trailed 14-13 at half-time, scored 28 unanswered points after the interval to take the victory 41-14. Although Saracens may still be heading out of the competition despite this win, forwards coach Sanderson took plenty of positives from the match, not least Tomkins' performance.

He said: "Joel is an intelligent rugby player, and the more he plays, and the more he gets on the field, the better he will become."

Sanderson added: "His core skills are second to none, as you would expect from a rugby league player, and the way he took his chances in the final quarter of the game, when a debutant coming from league might be forgiven had he drifted out of the game, was impressive.

"We have big hopes for Joel in the future because he is a very talented lad."

Saracens scored five tries in the match, the first by on-loan Munster veteran Peter Stringer, followed by Justin Melck, Jamie George and Tomkins' double. Nils Mordt kicked 16 points from five conversions and two penalties.

The visitors' points came from Sam Betty and Tom Arscott tries, both converted by Joe Carlisle.

Worcester coach Phil Davies admitted that his team dropped off alarmingly in the final quarter having looked capable of a earning a deserved win.

"We were winning into the second half, and worth our lead. But then the accuracy faded, and we paid a hefty price for not doing the job over 80 minutes," he said.

"Give credit to Saracens who scored some very good tries. But we had control, we had the lead and we didn't maintain our accuracy in the final 20 minutes. I was delighted with Tom Arscott's try which was born of good defence, and a very good team try. I give credit to us for an hour, but not for the last quarter."


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