European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues

Scrum-half Ben Spencer scored 10 minutes after coming on as a replacement for Richard WigglesworthSaracens (13) 51Tries: Wigglesworth, Earl (2), Maitland (2), Spencer, Judge Cons: Farrell (5) Pens: Farrell (2)Cardiff (18) 25Tries: Scully, M Morgan, Robinson Cons: Anscombe (2) Pens: Anscombe (2)Saracens made it three wins from three in the Champions Cup and moved top of Pool Three with a bonus-point comeback victory over Cardiff Blues.The Welsh side led 18-13 at half-time at Allianz Park thanks to tries from Blaine Scully and Matthew Morgan.But replacement back row Ben Earl crossed twice early in the second half to put the hosts back in front.Two tries from Sean Maitland, and one each from Ben Spencer and Christian Judge sealed a comfortable victory.European Champions Cup standingsGlasgow earn bonus-point win in LyonIt looked as though the Blues were in for a long afternoon when Richard Wigglesworth crossed for the opening try inside the first five minutes.But Morgan first set up a try for Scully, then crossed himself after a moment of individual brilliance – the full-back claiming a high kick from Owen Farrell, covering 60 metres and skipping through several tackles to put the visitors in front.Saracens had three tries disallowed, twice because they edged into touch and once because a Maitland pass went forward.There was no denying Earl, though as he first went over in the corner, then intercepted an offload from Gareth Anscombe for his second try.The change in momentum was cemented when Cardiff’s Olly Robinson was sent to the sin-bin.Maitland was the main beneficiary of Sarries’ numerical advantage, crossing twice in Robinson’s absence.Spencer proved himself a worthy replacement for Wigglesworth, scoring 10 minutes after coming on, and Farrell’s conversion after Judge’s score brought up the half-century of points.Robinson crossed for a late try, but it was not enough to secure a bonus point for Cardiff, who remain third in the pool.For the latest rugby union news follow @bbcrugbyunion on Twitter.

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