Challenge Cup: Saracens see off Cardiff to book quarter-final trip to Gloucester

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 Credit: PA Images
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Saracens booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup after they fought their way past Cardiff, winning 40-33 on Sunday.

Dom Morris, Sean Maitland (2), Aled Davies and Max Malins crossed for tries, while Owen Farrell fired over 15 points off the tee at StoneX Stadium.

In reply for Cardiff their tries came via Tomos Williams, Owen Lane and Rhys Carre, with Rhys Priestland (16) and Jarrod Evans (2) adding points.

Victory for Saracens sets up a quarter-final showdown against Premiership rivals Gloucester, who will host that mouth-watering meeting at Kingsholm.

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Morris breached the Cardiff defence for the first try of the game four minutes before the break and Farrell’s conversion gave the home side a 10-point lead.

But the Welsh side hit back on the stroke of half-time through scrum-half Williams’ try and Priestland converted to reduce the deficit to 16-13 at the break.

Williams was then the chief architect for Lane’s try in the 48th minute that saw them go ahead for the first time and Priestland added the extras for 20-16.

But Saracens rallied and a pair of tries from Maitland and scores from Davies and the impressive Malins saw them move into a comfortable advantage.

England centre Farrell added two conversions to put Saracens 40-26 up with 12 minutes remaining, with Priestland having kicked two more penalties.

But Cardiff kept battling and Carre burrowed over late on with Evans adding the extras, but Sarries held on to secure the trip to the Cherry and Whites.

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