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Saracens beat Harlequins 22-12 in Aviva Premiership
8:04pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
England wing Chris Ashton shone as Saracens picked apart Aviva Premiership title rivals Harlequins in a dominant second half at the Twickenham Stoop to continue their perfect start to the season with a 22-12 success.
Ashton rounded off an eye-catching move for his second try of the campaign and Owen Farrell kicked five penalties and a conversion to help the north London club to a fourth successive victory.
It was the first time the Premiership's only unbeaten team had failed to claim a try-scoring bonus point, but the manner in which they crushed a major rival in a one-sided second half sounded an ominous warning to the rest of the league.
Harlequins' aggressive defence was outstanding as they initially matched the pacesetters blow for blow, and they deserved to lead 12-6 at the interval after Nick Evans had landed four penalties.
But having run themselves into the ground, their resistance faded and they repeatedly flung the ball in hope as Saracens expertly ground them into submission.
Namibian openside Jacques Burger, the dominant force at the breakdown, finished man of the match following another fearless display.
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