Saracens on brink of Premiership return after thrashing Trailfinders

Saracens, four-times Premiership champions and three-times European Cup winners in the last five years, were relegated last season as a punishment for multiple salary cap breaches.

England internationals Maro Itoje and Jamie George went over in the first half, as did former Wales scrumhalf Aled Davies to give Saracens a comfortable 27-0 lead at halftime.

Billy Vunipola crossed for two tries and Owen Farrell scored 18 points from six conversions and two penalties. Nick Tompkins also scored a try and Sean Maitland completed the rout in the final minute.

The second leg takes place at StoneX Stadium on Sunday and Sarries boss Mark McCall insists only an outbreak of coronavirus can now stop Saracens from reclaiming their place in the Premiership.

“We’ve got to be Covid-free next week, God knows what would happen if we’re not. Hopefully this scoreline would dictate what happens,” McCall said.

“But we’ve wanted and waited for this opportunity for many months and we were determined to take the opportunity and dictate from the get go.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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