Saracens overpowered London Irish, with a strong performance from England winger David Strettle, 31, who scored his first tries in the Aviva Premiership since a hat-trick against Wasps at the opening day of the season at Allianz Park in London on 6th September.

Although newly built and renovated, the Allianz Park pitch was slippery and the playing conditions were difficult.

The opening try of the game came from the in-form the Sarries's Strettle, who scored after two consecutive penalties by England fly-half Owen Farrell; the first half finished 11-0 to the Sarries.

Quickly after the break, the Exiles bounced back with two consecutive penalty kicks by Tom Homer to get themselves back into the match, but this fight-back was short-lived.

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The Saracens responded, and Farrell kicked two more penalties, which were followed by

Strettle's second try, which ensured the 22-6 victory. The Sarries threatened to score another try in the closing periods of the match, but the Exiles defence stood firm and settled for a 16- point loss.

The win extends the Sarries winning run to five games on the bounce, and the victory sees them move just four points behind second placed Bath in the Aviva Premiership. The current league leaders, Northampton Saints, are also the reigning champions, who defeated the Sarries in the 2013-2014 final.

The defeat for London Irish means that the Exiles are now 11th in the table, after the Newcastle Falcons lost 39-31 against the league leaders Northampton, yesterday.

To put the icing on the cake for the home side, Strettle, capitalised on some excellent handling and managed to jinx in off the right to bundle over for his second touchdown.

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He did not disappoint and delivered a brilliant performance; it is no surprise that Strettle's England team mates gave him a nickname "The Milkman", as he was known to always deliver a great performance during matches.

Sarries and England young fly-half Farrell, 23, was on target; he held the record of youngest ever player to appear in English professional rugby union, after playing for Sarries only 11 days after his 17th birthday.