Saracens 61-29 Worcester: Billy Vunipola inspires Sarries to victory with a devastating performance to give England boss Eddie Jones a timely reminder ahead of the Six Nations
- Saracens picked up a 61-29 victory over Worcester on Boxing Day
- Billy Vunipola scored two tries to condemn Warriors to a bruising defeat
- Boss Mark McCall has branded Vunipola’s level of performance ‘staggering’
Billy Vunipola gave Eddie Jones a timely Six Nations reminder of his aggression, power and ball-carrying prowess as the big No 8 grabbed two tries in a Boxing Day bruising for Warriors.
Vunipola, who turned his back on a potential move to France to extend his stay at StoneX Stadium, was at his devastating best.
He crossed over twice during his 55 minutes on the field as the hosts smothered Warriors with nine tries to reaffirm their second place in the table.
Billy Vunipola gave Eddie Jones a timely Six Nations reminder against Worcester
Billy, 29, and brother Mako, 30, both signed extensions to their contracts on Christmas Eve and outlined their desire to help England’s most successful club in recent times continue their search for more silverware.
Boss Mark McCall insisted: ‘Billy’s level of performance for nearly a decade at the club has been staggering and he has demonstrated great resilience to overcome a number of serious injury setbacks over that time.
‘It was a nice way to end the year.’
Vunipola scored two tries for Saracens to condemn Warriors to a bruising Boxing Day defeat
Six tries in the first half gave Saracens a 40-7 lead, with Alex Lewington starting the spree, and it wasn’t long before Billy stepped into the spotlight, claiming a pushover try as Sarries dominated their rivals in every department. Alex Goode, Nick Tompkins, Nick Isiekwe and Lewington again followed him over and further second-half tries from Billy, Ben Earl and Max Malins made it a painful day for Worcester.
However, Francois Venter crossed for two Warriors tries and Joe Batley, Gareth Simpson and Ashley Beck also scored for the visitors.
Worcester boss Jonathan Thomas conceded: ‘We said at half-time that there was a real danger after being humped by half-time. You carry that into the second half.’