Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson was then replaced by Nils Mordt
, having had a relatively quiet afternoon, before raft of quick substitutions took the sting out of the game and it drifted along to a conclusion.
Taylor scored on 61 minutes from a Mordt
pass, converted by Goode.
Calling Agar a 'lovely bloke', Mordt
further said that he was surprised to see Agar down at number 11 in the Ashes squad as he is not like the other youngsters who also play cricket, adding that it is a matter of time for Agar to take a Test wicket given that he has 31 first-class wickets to his name.
Saracens had led through two Nils Mordt
penalties to one from Sweeney, but Copeland's intervention ensured the Blues led at the break.
66 - Bremner (Rsa), T Mordt
(Rsa), R Goosen (Rsa), D Hewan (Rsa).
Replacements: Saunders, Gill, Figallo, Joubert, Hankin, Spencer, Mordt
Replacements: S Spurling, R Gill, P du Plessis, H Smith, J Melck, B Spencer, N Mordt
, J Ransom.
Saracens had to field thirdchoice fly-half Nils Mordt
as they covered for Owen Farrell, P W SARACENS 6 5 Northampton 6 41 Bath 6 4 EXETER 6 4 Leicester 5 3 Harlequins 6 3 Sale 6 3 Gloucester 6 2 London Irish 52 Newcastle 52 Wasps 51 WORCESTER 6 0 0 Joel Tomkins, Chris Ashton and Billy and Mako Vunipola.
And their fluidity looks slightly more affected by England's autumn international training camp demands and injury absences than their hosts, most noticeably with Nils Mordt
taking over from Owen Farrell at fly-half.
SARACENS 19 TRIES: Short CONS: Mordt
(4) Goode, Maddock, Taylor, Powell, Short, Mordt
, Spencer, Auterac, George, Nieto, Sheriff, Botha, Itoje, Fenton-Wells, Jubb.
With eight minutes left Ashton's brilliant pick-up from Hodgson's pass gave him his second and Smith was left eating his words as Nils Mordt
clinched the bonus point.
Reps: E Reynecke, M Stevens, P du Plessis, T Ryder, D Barrell, N de Kock, N Mordt
, B Ransom.