Sep 7 2013
Mako and Billy Vunipola were influential as Saracens launched their Aviva Premiership title challenge by thrashing London Irish 42-20 at Twickenham.
The wrecking-ball England forwards played their first game together for Saracens, Mako breaking tackles at will after arriving as a try-scoring substitute and Billy rampant throughout.
Billy arrived from Wasps to join his elder brother during the summer but Mako, who enjoyed a successful British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, was the more destructive.
England Under-20 hooker Jamie George, deputising for the suspended Schalk Brits, crossed twice in the first half to help Saracens establish a comprehensive 21-10 half-time lead that was beyond overwhelmed Irish.
The try-scoring bonus point appeared to have eluded the Premiership title contenders, but the outstretched arm of Chris Ashton delivered the fifth point in the final move of the game.
Owen Farrell, commanding throughout, kept the scoreboard ticking over with 22 points to ensure the outcome was never in doubt.
Fears that Irish face a long season spent battling relegation were confirmed by a result that suggests they will struggle following their summer exodus of players.
Their highlight was supplied by England wing Marlon Yarde, who built on his fine summer tour to Argentina by cutting short treatment for cramp to join the end of a backs move that finished with him touching down.