Oct 31, 2015 at 1pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
London Irish
Wray (50'), Goode (68')
Tikoirotuma (26'), Halavatau (76')

Result: Saracens maintain perfect start to season

Result: Saracens maintain perfect start to season
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Saracens win their third game in a row after beating London Irish 24-14 at home in the Aviva Premiership.

Saracens beat London Irish 24-14 at the Allianz Park this afternoon to preserve their perfect start to the Aviva Premiership season.

The home team took the lead after 13 minutes as Rhys Gill won a penalty and Owen Farrell nailed his kick straight through the uprights.

Farrell then had two opportunities to increase the Saracens' lead with penalty kicks, but the first drifted wide from distance while the second was dragged away from the posts.

Those missed chances proved costly moments later as Asaeli Tikoirotuma finished off an Exiles attack and Chris Noakes converted to make it a surprise 7-3 lead to London Irish at the break.

Saracens put the visitors under pressure early in the second half and it paid off quickly, as Farrell brought his side to within a point with another penalty.

Tikoirotuma was sin-binned five minutes later and the reigning champions took advantage as Jackson Wray went over to put his side in front, but Farrell missed the conversion.

The hosts continued to press and the table-toppers finally established a strong lead as Alex Goode took it round a tackle to reach over the line, and Farrell this time nailed his kick to make it 18-7.

However, Irish pulled themselves to within four points three minutes later as Leo Halavatau scored a try and a Shane Geraghty conversion made it a nail-biting finish.

Two late Farrell penalties put the score beyond doubt as Saracens keep their 100% record while London Irish still search for their first point of the season, after Geraghty missed a penalty in the last minute that would have given them a losing point.

Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves lifts the Aviva Premiership trophy following his team's 28-16 victory during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015
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