Tom Jones gives his player verdicts on Saracens against Worcester in the Premiership

Tom Jones gives his player rating for Saracens versus Worcester Worriors in their Premiership clash at Allianz Park.


15; Alex Goode; as prominent as ever, kicked well but did not get enough ball and space to show off what we know he can do and make a real impact on the game. 7

14; Sean Maitland; scored a walk-in try courtesy of Marcelo Bosch, tackled well, made a couple of breaks but did not make much ground with ball in hand. 6.5

13; Marcelo Bosch; Well known for pulling off great tricks (inconsistently) he executed an extraordinary flick pass under pressure to assist Maitland. 7

12; Brad Barritt ©; A rock in defence and marshalled the line successfully throughout the match. Incredibly hungry for the ball and almost scored on a couple of occasions. 7.5

11; Nathan Earle; electric with ball is hand and leaves would be tacklers in his wake. He scored two walk-in tries. However, he was caught out a few times in defence. 6.5

10; Owen Farrell; Once again showing why he is labelled as ‘world class’ as he made a major defensive impact, kicked cleverly out of hand and consistently from the tee. He produced a wonderful floating pass to set Earle up for a try. 8

9; Ben Spencer; Scored Sarries first try to get them back on level terms. He tactically kicked well. However, he was unable to make a real impact on the game and was subsequently replaced early on in the second half by Wigglesworth. 6

1; Richard Barrington; Did not make a big impression on the game and gave away silly penalties. He did make a couple of powerful carries but was replaced early on in the second half by Vunipola. 5

2; Jamie George; Was not on his best form today as he lost a lineout which is most unusual for him. He has a suspected problem with his hand. Made a few good carries and was solid in defence. 6

3; Juan Figallo; Was anonymous throughout his time on the pitch, did not make a real impact defensively or in attack. He was therefore replaced early on in the second half by Vincent Koch. 4.5

4; Will Skelton; Skelton used his size to his advantage and made some thunderous carries and almost scored on a number of occasions. He was powerful in defence. 7.5

5; Nick Isiekwe; An animal on the pitch, chasing the ball around the park like a hound. Very strong defensively and made a few good carries. 7.5

6; Michael Rhodes; A thoroughly well-deserved MOM performance. He carried robustly throughout the match and was always looking to give an offload. He came excruciatingly close to scoring on a couple of occasions. Was aggressive in defence. 8.5

7; Schalk Burger; An experienced warrior of the game. Tackled well and carried with intent but did not make a real impact. 6

8; Jackson Wray; Had a nightmare first half, but managed to turn it around in the second half by scoring two very important tries – The first to take Sarries 10 points ahead and the second try secured Sarries a bonus point. 6.5


The replacements made a huge impact on the game as Vunipola and Koch carried and tackled vigorously, Wigglesworth used his experience and kicking ability to give Sarries a sense of security and was reliable from the set pieces. ‘Super’ Duncan Taylor was unable to make an impact as he was forced to leave the field for an HIA (head injury assessment). Subs – 7.5