Saracens 38-24 Harlequins: Owen Farrell returns to action with a bang as Quins’ playoff hopes are dented
- Owen Farrell returned to Saracens for his 200th appearance for the club
- He kicked four penalties and three conversions in his first game since March
- There were also powerful performances from Michael Rhodes and Maro Itoje
Owen Farrell returned to action with a bang and 18 points as Saracens earned London bragging rights and put a dent in Harlequins’ play-off hopes.
Farrell’s 200th appearance for the club, and his first game since March, ended in triumph in front of the man who gave him his Sarries debut back in 2008 as a teenager.
And he helped further the education of the man who might eventually replace him — the 20-year-old Manu Vunipola — who played the last 15 minutes with Farrell.
Owen Farrell made an impressive return to action in Saracens’ win over Harlequins
There were also impressive performances from Maro Itohje and flanker Michael Rhodes
England boss Eddie Jones, who was at Saracens between 2007 and 2009, was at the ground for the first half before heading up the M1 to Leicester but Quins had been well beaten by then.
Farrell, 28, kicked four penalties and three conversions to prove his well-being ahead of England’s autumn campaign.
It will be the last meeting between the sides for a year due to the champions’ relegation
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: ‘His contribution over the time he has been with us has been incredible. It was the perfect situation where we can bring Manu Vunipola on the field.
‘While we have got our international players, we want to use them on and off the field to impart their wisdom and experience on some of the younger players.’
There were also powerful performances from flanker Michael Rhodes and Maro Itoje in the last fixture between the sides for a year due to the champions’ relegation.
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