Diggin returns to action as Wanderers win at Saracens

HE'S BACK - Paul Diggin made his first start since last May in the Wanderers' win at Saracens
HE'S BACK - Paul Diggin made his first start since last May in the Wanderers' win at Saracens

Paul Diggin made his long-awaited return from injury as he played 40 minutes in the Wanderers’ 24-11 win at Saracens on Monday afternoon.

The wing had not played since last season’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final defeat to Harlequins after sustaining an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.

But he was back in action at Allianz Park, starting at full-back and helping the Wanderers into a 5-3 half-time lead before being replaced.

Ryan Glynn gave the away side the lead at the break with an early try, but Ben Spencer pegged them back with a penalty.

Another Spencer three-pointer just after the break put Sarries ahead, as the Wanderers were hit by James Wilson’s sin-binning.

Spencer missed the chance to extend his side’s lead to four points with a wayward effort from the tee and the Wanderers made him pay, Matt Williams going over for a try.

Replacement fly-half Sam Olver converted, and he added the extras again soon after as Howard Packman grabbed his side’s third try of the game.

Saracens replied with a try from Justin Melck but the away team had the final say as Alex Wootton crossed the whitewash in the final minute and Olver slotted the conversion.

Saracens: Maddock (Caulder 67); Wilson (Earle 12), Stanley, Vass, Kohler; Mordt (Morris 40), Spencer (Stringer 58); Auterac, Saunders, Du Plessis (Alo 68), Sheriff, Itoje, Melck, Saull (Hankin 40), Jubb.

Replacements not used: Crumpton.

Wanderers: Diggin (Collins 40); Armstrong (Wootton 67), Stephenson, Wilson (Packman 54), Artemyev (Skelcey 58); Hooley (Olver 48). Glynn (M’Bru’u 58); Warren (Parkins 22), McMillan, E Waller (Hobbs-Awoyemi 48), Craig, Sorenson (Hicks 61), Harrison (Dyer 51), Nutley, Dickinson (Allcock 40 (Williams 58)).

Replacements not used: Mogensen.