Heineken Cup: Saracens beat Edinburgh 40-7 to earn a home quarter-final
Last Updated: 20/01/13 4:16pm
Charlie Hodgson's late try gave Saracens a 40-7 bonus-point win against Edinburgh to secure a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup.
Chris Ashton also ran in a brace of tries and Matt Stevens and Chris Wyles notched touchdowns, while Owen Farrell landed three conversions and three penalties.
Greig Tonks scored a consolation try for the visitors, who finished bottom of Pool One without a point from six games.
Sarries made light of the snowy conditions that threatened to blight their last-ever game at Vicarage Road, scoring five tries to qualify from the pool stage for the second season in a row.
After three Farrell penalties, the hosts' first try arrived in the 27th minute when Richard Wigglesworth chipped the ball towards the right-hand corner and Ashton was left all alone to touch down.
Almost out of nothing, Edinburgh hit back when full-back Tonks booted the ball downfield and chased ahead. His opposite number Wyles fumbled, allowing Tonks to pick up and score with Greig Laidlaw's conversion bringing the deficit down to seven points.
The try really energised the visitors for the rest of the half, but they were unable to make any more progress before the break.
In the second period, Ashton added his second try and the bonus point moved within sight with 27 minutes still to play when an attacking line-out following a penalty drove its way over the tryline with former England prop Stevens touching down.
Farrell added the extras but Sarries were unable to immediately pile on the pressure as play began to get scrappy.
But with five minutes left, Hodgson sealed the bonus point when he checked inside before going through a gap, prompting wild celebrations amongst the Saracens players.
There was still time for one more try at the death when another Hodgson kick ahead was just missed by Joel Tomkins, but Wyles was there to follow up.
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