Friday marked the perfect return to the Premiership for Saracens when they beat Bristol Bears at Ashton gate on Friday in the first match of the new season 26-9.
It was the boot of Alex Lozowski that kept the scoreboard ticking over for Saracens, taking his tally to 21 points on the night. With the scores at 9-all at the break it was still all to play for in the second forty minutes.
But the Premiership semi-finalists in the last two seasons, failed to score any points in the second half. The home side was out played with physical play and great tactics from Saracens on the night which will send out a clear message to the rest of the teams that they are back.
What makes this win even more impressive was that the visitors did it without stars like Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell.
It may have not been the prettiest game but the way Saracens kept ticking the scoreboard over and frastrate the home side in defence speaks volume of the team who could manage such a win even if they are not on song.
Lozowski was the man of the match for us punishing Bristol for their mistakes with the boot and setup Alex Lewington try which was the only try of the match.
The first half would have made Woodward turn off the TV as it was a kicking fest.
Credit to Bristol they did try playing an attacking brand of rugby throughout last season but on the night that flair was not their for their home fans.
Saracens defence was brilliant on the night, frustrating the home side throughout the match and causing them to give away penalties and making plenty of mistakes.
Saracens with two quick penalties in the second half gave them a six point lead and never looked like loosing form that moment on as Bristol made mistake on mistake.
Two more penalties stretched the visitors lead before Lozowski put through a grabber kick for Lewingston to score the only try of the match.
This will give Saracens just the start they needed to get back in the Premiership and put their name up as a contender early on.
Bristol Bears: Penalties – Sheedy(3)
Saracens: Tries – Lewington Penalties – Lozowski(7)