‘Outstanding’ Elliot Daly presses case for Six Nations berth with first-half hat-trick

Lyon responded when Maraku ghosted through but Daly would have caught Borthwick’s eye with a stinging tackle on Kyle Godwin that earned a turnover. Soon afterwards, Marco Riccioni benefited from a maul for number five and Daly’s clinic continued with a raking 50:22. Saracens bagged a sixth as Christie stretched over.

The visitors had been generous in defence, yet could still call upon considerable firepower. Josua Tuisova is among the most destructive runners on the planet and Dumortier darted between Billy Vunipola and Daly down the blindside of a breakdown. McCall would have to be content with a 38-14 half-time cushion, his team cruising into the knockout stages.

Dumortier scored again with a beautiful chip and chase to begin the second period before Ben Earl’s trucking tackle allowed Goode to add a penalty. Lyon would not lie down, and Arno Botha was on hand for their fourth. As the contest petered out, Tuisova saw yellow late on for leading with his forearm into Goode and Earl dotted down for a pushover try. Borthwick will have been mildly concerned by both Daly and Itoje leaving the field gingerly towards the end, but doubtlessly found great encouragement, too.

Match details

Scorers: 5-0 Lozowski try, 7-0 Goode conversion, 12-0 Daly try, 14-0 Goode conversion, 19-0 Daly try, 21-0 Goode conversion, 26-0 Daly try, 26-5 Maraku try, 26-7 Smith conversion, 31-7 Riccinoi try, 36-7 Christie try, 38-7 Goode conversion, 38-12 Dumortier try, 38-14 Smith try, 38-19 Dumortier try, 38-21 Smith conversion, 41-21 Goode penalty, 41-26 Botha try, 41-28 Smith conversion, 46-28 Earl try, 48-28 Goode conversion

Saracens: E Daly (A Lewington, 69); M Malins, A Lozowski, N Tompkins, S Maitland; A Goode, I van Zyl (A Davies, 58); Mako Vunipola (E Mawi, 46), J George (T Woolstencroft, 60), M Riccioni (C Judge, 68), M Itoje (T Dan, 76), H Tizard (N Isiekkwe, 54), A Christie, B Earl, B Vunipola

Replacement unused: Manu Vunipola

Lyon: E Dumortier; J Tuisova, J Maraku, K Godwin, T Veredamu; F Smith (T Arnold, 62), J Pélissé (J-M Doussain, 28); H Kaabeche (S Taofifenua, 52), G Marchand (L Coltman, 52), F Gomez Kodela (D Bamba, 46), J Kpoku (T William, 60), T Mayanavanua, D Cretin, P Sobela (B Saginadze, 52), A Botha (L Goujon, 60)

Attendance: 8,436

Referee: Andrea Piardi

Yellow card: Cretin 7, Tuisova 78

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