Leicester Tigers have fallen 32-17 to Saracens at StoneX Stadium in London.
Despite creating enough chances to be in the contest against a full-strength Saracens side, Tigers couldn’t find the cutting edge in front of Sarries’ line.
Tigers began the game with the intensity that was going to be required to beat the defending champions, buoyed by the return of their rugby World Cup stars.
Jamie Shillcock would open the scoring with a beautifully struck penalty goal inside 10 minutes, but Saracens were also beginning to grow into the game.
Sarries’ first try eventually came, Maro Itoje the one to cross. That effort was followed by Andy Christie 10 minutes later, with Owen Farrell locking a pair of conversions.
That made the score 14-3 as the teams headed for the changing rooms.
Tigers needed to strike first in the second half, but it was Saracens who got out of the blocks, Billy Vunipola muscling his way over the line.
That try and conversion made it 21-3 and after Jamie George scored in the 53rd minute, the game as a contest was likely beyond Tigers reach.
Tigers would get one back through Tom Whiteley , a charge down on Saracens 22-metre line seeing the scrum-half go over untouched.
Farrell added a pair of penalties either side of Shillcock’s excellent try.
Shillcock found a gap in Saracens defence and showed impressive speed to score.
The final tally, 32-17, a fair reflection of Saracens control of the game.