Saracens make flying start to Premiership season by winning at Bristol

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Saracens made an emphatic return to the Premiership by beating Bristol away from home.

Mark McCall’s side, who were relegated from the top-flight in 2020 due to salary-cap breaches, are back in the Premiership after winning the Championship last season.

Questions had been raised about how Saracens would cope now they are back in the big time, but they silenced their doubters in style on Friday.

The club ran out 26-9 winners over Bristol in their season opener to silence the Ashton Gate crowd.

Fly-half Alex Lozowski, who spent last season on loan at French club Montpellier, was the star of the show as he kicked seven penalties.

Four of those kicks were from the near the halfway line and Lozowski was in imperious form with his boot all night.

Wing Alex Lewington iced the cake by crossing for a late try as Saracens made the perfect start to life back in the Premiership.

The win was all the more impressive as Sarries were without their five British and Irish Lions, which include the likes of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell.

Their absence had a 19,000-strong crowd at Bristol dreaming of a win to start the season, but they were left disappointed.

Instead semi-finalists Bristol were dominated by Saracens and they could only muster three Callum Sheedy penalties in reply.

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