On a freezing day in north London, these sides served up some red-hot entertainment. It wasn’t always pretty, it was pretty much always fractious, but the outcome was in the balance until the closing minutes, by which time Edinburgh were briefly down to 13 men after yellow cards for Stuart McInally and Willem Nel.
McInally, the hooker — who had a miserable time at the lineout — was sent to the sin-bin for comments he made to the referee after Tom Woolstencroft, the Saracens replacement, had ploughed over for Saracens’ bonus-point score. Nel, the tight-head prop, earned his punishment for a tip-tackle on Callum Hunter-Hill.
Edinburgh refused to go quietly, however, Wes Goosen stoking hope of a grandstand finish. The conversion from Emiliano Boffelli brought