Maro Itoje back in style as Saracens crush Bath

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Maro Itoje. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Maro Itoje. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens powered to an incredible 71-17 rout of Bath as Maro Itoje made a try-scoring return to the English Premiership on Sunday.

Itoje was playing in the top-flight for the first time in 12 months after Saracens' salary cap breaches forced their relegation to the Championship.

Having completed his rest period following the British and Irish Lions' South Africa tour, Itoje starred in front of England head coach Eddie Jones.

However, Itoje will be concerned that his afternoon ended early in the second half after he took a blow to his left shoulder at the Recreation Ground.

His early exit did appear precautionary as Saracens consigned woeful Bath to a fourth successive league defeat and worst Premiership start since 2001.

Saracens made it three wins out of four, amassing 45 points in the first half through Jamie George's try double, another two from Max Malins and one each by Itoje and Ben Earl.

Eroni Mawi added a seventh Saracens try, Malins completed his hat-trick and Rotimi Segun and Dom Morris also scored.

Owen Farrell booted eight conversions and a penalty for a 19-point haul and Alex Goode kicked a late conversion.

Tom de Glanville, Tom Ellis and Will Muir notched Bath's scores, but it was no consolation for the out-classed west country club.

London Irish failed to secure their first victory of the season as they dominated Gloucester, but had to settle for a 25-25 draw.

Trailing by eight points at half-time, Gloucester scored three tries in less than 15 minutes after the interval.

Ben Morgan claimed two of them and Louis Rees-Zammit got the other, with Adam Hastings kicking two penalties and two conversions.

Agustin Creevy, Isaac Curtis-Harris and Matt Rogerson scored tries for Irish, with Paddy Jackson adding two conversions and two penalties.

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