Saracens 15 London Irish 11
15 points from the boot of Owen Farrell gave Saracens victory over London Irish, who crossed for the only try of the game.
London Irish opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Tom Homer kicked a penalty, following early pressure on the back of determined work from Chris Hala'ufia. Saracens bounced back almost immediately though and were six points up by the twenty-minute mark. First, Owen Farrell coolly slotted over a kick after the Exiles had missed the chance add another three points, and then added two more goals to put Saracens 9-3 up. But the home side were temporarily reduced to 14 men when John Smit was dispatched to the sin-bin. The visitors were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage and, though Saracens absorbed most of the pressure for the remainder of the half, it was they who had a try ruled out when James Short knocked on as he crashed over in the corner. The second half began at a steady pace, with the two sides trading further penalties around the 50-minute mark. Saracens edged further in front on 70 minutes, when Farrell maintained his one hundred percent record with the boot to edge the home side into an eight point lead. Irish rallied, and got their just rewards on 76 minutes when David Paice crossed out wide after a period of sustained Exiles pressure. The conversion was missed, however, meaning that the visitors needed to find another try if they were to win the game, and Saracens were able to hold on and secure victory.