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Re: Saracens On This Day
17 September, 2017 16:37
Saracens On This Day – 17th September
17th September 2006 – Saracens 44 – Newcastle Falcons 20

Yesterday’s game against Falcons put us back on winning ways, and we saw a similar result twelve years ago in another Sarries/Falcons game. Five tries from Saracens in an easy win over a Newcastle side that lost a player to the sin-bin at a crucial moment early in the second half.

The major news from the game was Andy Farrell finally making his Premiership debut. His move had been announced in March 2005 but a first start was delayed by surgery on his foot, and successive back injuries, including a prolapsed disc after a car accident. It says a lot about the man that he even offered to pay back the club for the time he spent injured. Nigel Wray declined saying he had no regrets about signing him. This game finally saw a return on all the hype, though his playing time was limited.

Saracens played him at flanker while England would transfer him to centre for the 2007 six nations where he picked up the first of his 8 union caps. It seems there is some continuing determination within Twickenham that a Farrell must play at 12 regardless of what the player feels!

Andy Farrell was only ever to make 28 appearances for Saracens as a player, further injuries curtailing later seasons. Retirement came in 2009 as time caught up, not surprising after a rugby league career that saw him debut for the Wigan first team at 16. But his contribution to Saracens and to Rugby Union was to be far larger than his playing career.

His personal contribution was a move to coaching, first at Saracens as skills coach then first team coach – supporting the side to win our first premiership title. Stuart Lancaster then borrowed him for the 2012 six nations before stealing him permanently for the summer tour. A world cup, two lions tours and a move to Ireland have followed, with his coaching record now including three of the last five defeats suffered by the All Blacks.

But the family contribution trumps even that. Owen Farrell has already made five times the Saracens appearances his dad managed; and is signed for Saracens until 2022! And his selection as 2017 European Player of the Year matches anything his old man achieved in league. He’s still only 25, and I want another 10 years at Saracens from him at least! After all Charlie Hodgson retired at 35, Jonny Wilkinson retired at 35, Nick Evans at 36... Owen has been at Saracens since 2005, I would hope we can make him a one-club-man, if that happens, then the hype all the way back in 2006 would definitely have been worth it.



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Re: Saracens On This Day
18 September, 2017 07:59
Saracens On This Day – 18th September
18th September 2011 – Saracens 18 – Worcester Warriors 6

Perhaps not one to dwell on, a match that the Guardian described as “a tediously predictable and unimaginative performance from Saracens” played out in front of fewer than 6000 fans in the penultimate season at Vicarage Road. And no other games on that day to pick instead.

Last season’s champions against the promoted side but really a match-up of defence against defence. Saracens attacking poorly against a side with a 14‑man defensive line. Only second half tries from Barritt and Strettle added normality to the scoreboard – though both were fortunate for Saracens. The ref failing to check the TMO for early grounding on Barritt’s and Strettle’s the result of a defensive lapse.

Saracens only scored 57 tries that season in competitive games, the lowest in our professional history, and we still pay for that when opposition fans joke about ‘boring, boring Sarries’. But it was this season’s Saracens vintage that was to lead to my all-time favourite quote from one of my all-time favourite players. As Jaques Burger said “They say ugly win, boring win, tough win, gutsy win, close win... All I hear is win...”

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
19 September, 2017 08:13
Saracens On This Day – 19th September
19th September 2009 – Harlequins 9 - Saracens 22

My first trip to the Stoop! And what a belter it was.

This was the first year of Venter-ball at Saracens, and we’d had a positive start to the season with a few lucky results. A late defensive effort had held out London Irish at Twickenham, then the TMO declined to give Saints a last minute score at Wembley in the second game of the season.

Quins had come second in the league the year before, and had beaten Saracens in the prior three games between the two sides. But this was a club in turmoil, DOR Dean Richards had resigned a month earlier after his role in the bloodgate scandal became known, and only three days earlier their team doctor received her suspension from the GMC.

Underneath all this noise, Quins had opened the season with defeats to Wasps and Tigers. But they started brightly against us, Nick Evans taking two penalties before Derick Hougaard tied the scores with a penalty and drop goal.

This second half was the first time I got to see the “Saracens Press” fire up, we were ruthless that day. We kicked the skin off the ball, and chased, chased, chased. This got it’s reward five minutes into the second half when Ugo Monye dropped a high ball and Andy Saull regathered, a quick pass to Kameli Ratuvou for a run in unmarked gave Saracens the lead for the first time. Even with Wyles in the bin our defence remained firm, and Quins finished frustrated as Hougaard kicked a further drop goal and penalty to deny them the bonus point.

It’s fair to say we all were to get a bit bored of Hougaard drop goals that season, but early on this really was a great chance to put one over our local rivals. Quins were left bottom of the league while Saracens took top spot which they were to hold until February. And being top of the league? I’ll never get bored of that.

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Re: Saracens On This Day
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19 September, 2017 18:59
Always fun trying to predict when within the available 24 hours each day you will post your update!

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
20 September, 2017 10:27
Saracens On This Day – 20th September
20th September 2014 – London Irish 32 - Saracens 36

We’ve had our fair share of close games, but this game three years ago must be at close to the top of the list for squeaky bum time.

Saracens had started the season well, winning their first two games to bounce back from the pain of two final losses the season before. The early wins included beating Wasps 34-28 and spanking Quins at the stoop 0-39. Our opponents, London Irish, had lost narrowly to Quins at the Double Header and then won a close game at Newcastle.

The start to the game went along with the Saracens plan; Owen Farrell setting up Tim Streather to cross after 51 seconds before adding the conversion and a penalty. Irish struck back with a try from flanker Cowan set-up by a well-timed Shane Geraghty pass, who had also earned the territory with a smart chip over the Saracens defensive line earlier in the play. Saracens then extended their lead with a second Farrell penalty before Wigglesworth spotted a gap by the ruck to dash 25m and score in the corner.

Fourth and fifth tries were to follow from Irish, from similar plans to turn our defence. Their second came from a well-judged cross-field kick from Chris Noakes that was gathered by Alex Lewington, before the third came as Lewington raced on to a chip ahead from Scott Steele. Only a missed conversion from Geraghty and a third Farrell penalty gave Saracens a 23-19 half-time lead.

Goode took over the kicking in the second half, due to a minor groin strain that eventually saw Farrell replaced, and landed a penalty to open the second half. But Irish took the lead for the first time from a penalty of their own and a hat-trick try from Lewington from another Steele kick ahead. Patchy kicking from both sides then took the score line to a 32-29 Irish lead as we entered the final five minutes.

As a fan I swear it’s easier entering this period just behind rather than just ahead, after all it’s the hope that kills you. And it was Irish fans who were left cursing this time. In the 79th minute Saracens won a somewhat circumspect penalty at the scrum and Brad ‘Big-Balls’ Barritt instructed Hodgson to kick for the corner. A safe take at the line out and a strong maul including the backs saw Billy Vunipola touch down to claim the game.

Highlights

Irish ended up tenth that year, while Saracens made amends for the losses the year before, winning the premiership final over Bath. But only after scraping into the play-offs on points difference over Exeter. Who knows if the early results this season will have the same impact on the final standings?

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
JO'G (IP Logged)
20 September, 2017 14:16
often felt that Lewington was another player who missed out on his early potential; perhaps because he played for Irish

I remember watching with concern with the pile-up in the corner as I felt that we should have taken the draw. Just as well we didn't, because we lost twice in the season to Exeter and probably didn't deserve to be top 4



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Re: Saracens On This Day
21 September, 2017 11:17
Saracens On This Day – 21st September
21st September 1996 – West Hartlepool 25 - Saracens 16

Probably our worst result of the season, losing to a side that had lost every game the season before and escaped relegation only due to league expansion. But the game is more interesting because of the team we played.

Formed in 1881, they were getting crowds of 10,000 for games against the biggest clubs of the day in the early 20th century. And fielded an England captain in Jack Taylor from 1897 to 1905. West Hartlepool had then ridden a further wave of success in the early 1990s to rise from the third division at initiation of the Courage leagues to the first division by the time of professionalism. With professionalism they moved into Hartlepool United FC’s Victoria Park ground, the stadium where they had originally been formed. At the time their side had future lions such as Tim Stimpson and Rob Wainwright.

The side that faced Saracens had been bolstered with multiple players from Wales, hired in by player/coach Mark Ring. But they’d already lost three games by at least 20 points. On this day though, the fates were behind them, tries from Mark Ring, Ivan Morgan and Christopher John were enough to take them past a Saracens side who scored two tries through Muna Ebongalame and Richard Wallace.

Despite beating Saracens, Hartlepool still came 11th this season out of 12 sides, unfortunately low enough to be relegated that year. With news already having broken in December that the club was in £650k of debt - requiring them to sell their old ground to cover repayments.

While West Hartlepool were to bounce straight back, it was for only another unsuccessful premiership season in 1998-99 where they came bottom with 3 wins and a draw from 26 league games and over 1000 points conceded. It would be nearly another 20 years before a side conceded more points in a season when London Welsh managed it in 2014-15.

Like London Welsh, West Hartlepool never really recovered from such a poor season, while also still struggling to pay the debts they had incurred. They were relegated again in the 1999-00 season with an even worse record, and then again in 2000-01 and 2001-02 with further seasons of 26 losses. Four years was enough to take them from the premiership to regional rugby, as new players arrived and left each season. At one stage they were a week out from the season and had only 9 players!

Today they are in North One East, the 6th level of the RFU pyramid, where they came 3rd last season. The club is going both in the real world, with a new £1m club house, and online, with an active rugbynetwork board. I can’t decide if this is warmly reassuring that clubs do survive regardless, or a cold warning about the risk of debt fuelled rugby union.

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
MGB (IP Logged)
21 September, 2017 17:15
In those days the team would go by bus to the venue and return all in the same day, which I think was the case for the West Hartlepool Game. Not ideal preparation for the game.

Muna Ebongalame was lightning quick and scored some great tries. In a Wednesday evening game at Enfield against Northampton, Lynagh hoofed the ball long from well inside our own half and Ebongalame outstripped the Northampton players easily to score a try. He was from the Cameroon and I remember the commentator from Sky saying that all Cameroon needed was 14 other players and they'd have a great team.

I also remember seeing Tim Stimpson for the first time playing for West at Bramley road the previous year. He was head and shoulders the best player on the park and still only 19 (I think).

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
21 September, 2017 18:03
Yeah, can't be easy to travel all that way for a game.

I've just found the try you mentioned - sounds amazing - while a quick google suggests Muna is still in London in a senior role at salesforce - I hope he's still a fan!

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
22 September, 2017 22:37
Saracens On This Day – 22nd September
22nd September 2013 – Saracens 31 – Bath 17

Back at Allianz Park tomorrow for the first time this season for what could be a cracking game against Sale. So a chance to reminisce over our first full season at AzP.

Saracens started the season with high-scoring wins over London Irish and Gloucester. Though the second in particular was somewhat of a false result after their prop had been (correctly) sent off in the second minute for kicking Jacques Burger in the head. While Bath had secured opening wins over both Newcastle and Leicester.

So it was somewhat of a surprise when Bath announced their side and benched five of their strongest players – George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Dave Attwood, Paul James and Matt Garvey. They also started Anthony Perenise, a tight-head, at loose-head.

Saracens decided to prove this decision for the poor one it was, and promptly scored four tries in the first half. David Strettle opened the scoring in his favourite south east corner after a nice steal at the line-out from Mako. The second try followed shortly afterwards from Alex Goode before the most unbelievable finish I may have ever seen from a prop. 123kg of Matt Stevens launched himself over a ruck like a salmon jumping upstream. There was still time for a fourth try as Ashton set up Strettle in the same corner to bookend the half.

The second half replacements did re-balance the fixture. Both Bath bringing on their stars, and Saracens subbing theirs off! Dave Attwood in particular making an impact. But a 28 point half time deficit against one of the best defensive sides the Premiership has ever seen was never going to be pretty. Rokoduguni scored a length-of-the-field interception try (where else have we seen that…) and Attwood scored a try to give some respectability to the scoreline, but this was not their finest day.

Most pleasingly, the somewhat cheeky promotion to refund travelling Bath fans their tickets if Gavin Henson scored went unpaid – the orange wonder subbed off at 54 minutes after spending most of the game contributing little.

Highlights

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
23 September, 2017 11:05
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Yeah, can't be easy to travel all that way for a game.
I've just found the try you mentioned - sounds amazing - while a quick google suggests Muna is still in London in a senior role at salesforce - I hope he's still a fan!

To the tune of Una Paloma Blanca:

"Muna Ebugalame, he just a guy on the wing.
He once scored two tries, and since then nuttin"!



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Re: Saracens On This Day
23 September, 2017 16:29
Saracens On This Day – 23rd September
23rd September 2001 – Saracens 25 – Northampton Saints 20

A stonking win just now for the men in black against Sale, with a strong performance leading to a final score of 41-13.

Only one other win on this day, 16 years ago at Vicarage Road over Saints. A run of close games continued after Saracens had lost their first game by 4 at Wasps, then beaten Gloucester by 4 then Bath by 7.

A Saracens side impacted by injuries to scrum-half Kyran Bracken and fly-halves Jannie de Beer and Thomas Castaignède opened the game well. Although the first five minutes featured three missed opportunities for Saracens tries, this was enough for South African fly-half Luke Smith to score three penalties and open up a 9-0 lead.

Saints hit back with a blind-side try from wing Ben Cohen after a series of 5m scrums on the Saracens line before Saracens reclaimed the lead again. Smith’s fourth penalty and a well taken drop goal gave Saracens the lead before a break by Kev Sorrell led to a try from Darragh O’Mahony.

This gave Saracens 12 point lead at the break, which was to be enough to close out the match. Although Northampton spent the whole second half on attack it was not enough until the final play of the game, where Steve Thompson broke through to score a consolation try and claim the losing bonus point.

The result was enough to take Saracens up to third in the table, but only 4 more league wins would follow all season – leaving Saracens in 10th place by the end of the season.

This year’s vintage has also just claimed their third win of the season and now head on to Worcester, will be interesting to see how much McCall chooses to rotate with Wasps up afterwards.

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
24 September, 2017 20:42
Saracens On This Day – 24th September
24th September 2011 – Leicester Tigers 25 - Saracens 50

Given the sad news this weekend about Billy, Rhodes and Burger I thought we deserved a happy memory!

Before 2010 Saracens had never won at Welford Road, 32 separate trips had been made and each had returned home empty handed. But the run to our first Premiership final in May 2010 had broken that bogey at the 33rd attempt, and much like buses once one had come along it wasn’t long before two and three followed. Saracens had already repeated the trick in a game impacted by the Six Nations in March 2011.

Six months later we were back again, this time both sides impacted by the 2011 rugby world cup in New Zealand.

Earlier that day France had handily beaten France in a preview of what was to be the final, and England had scored 10 tries past Romania. Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft had all scored for England, while Richard Wigglesworth was the sole Saracens member of the 23. But in reality both sides were missing players to the world cup. Saracens had 8 players called up across 6 countries, while Tigers were missing 11 in total.

Charlie Hodgson had been unlucky to miss out on the England squad, after playing two of the three warm-up games. And today he set about making a statement with three penalties, a try and a conversion in the opening 20 minutes to open up a 16-3 lead. His try coming from a period of multiple phases with Saracens finally working the overlap.

The second Saracens try was another doozy, Joubert bouncing off three defenders after collecting the ball on the wing. Tigers then scored one of their own through winger Niall Morris to cut Saracens advantage to 11-23 at the break.

Coming out after half time Owen Farrell collected a loose pass, before scything through the Tigers line for an easy score. Five minutes later Saracens were back in Leicester’s 22, and this time it was Jamie George on the wing to complete the move and collect the bonus point. Julian Salvi was then to cross for Leicester’s second following good work from Matthew Tait, but the fightback ended soon after with further tries from Joubert and Barritt.

With the score at 18-47 with four minutes remaining much of Welford Road had emptied out, missing a final consolation try for Ben Woods. But there was still time for a little more embarrassment, with the clock red Saracens were awarded a penalty, rather than kick it out, Joubert said “We want 50!” and Farrell duly provided with the last kick of the game.

Frustratingly, Tigers were to get their revenge 8 months later, knocking Saracens out in the Aviva semi-final back at Welford Road. But that day we played like the Champions we were and the Champions we would become.

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Re: Saracens On This Day
25 September, 2017 07:34
Saracens On This Day – 25th September
25th September 2005 – Saracens 32 – Sale Sharks 40

I’ll confess this fact might have been more interesting in a preview for Saturday’s game, but I didn’t spot it until today! The win over Sale was our 15th consecutive home win against Sale, and in fact since moving to Vicarage Road our home record against Sale is W24 L1. And it’s that loss which we’ll focus on today.

Pre-game, the attention was on Jason Robinson’s international retirement, rather than Saracens poor form losing two of their first three games. While Sale had won two of their three.

It’s somewhat confusing reading match reports from this time, with Sale’s squad featuring both Charlie Hodgson and Richard Wigglesworth, while Saracens were coached by Steve Diamond and had David Seymour in their 22.

It was Hodgson who opened the scoring for Sale, with the first of what were to be 8 successful kicks that day. Sale should have extended their lead further, but a fumbled pass led to a try for Sorrell after a tidy pass from Glen Jackson. Sale were to score the next try, poor tackling from Saracens allowing Samon centre Seveali’i to touch down.

After half-time the poor tackling continued, Sebastian Chabal breaking through three men for his try, before Seveali’I went to the line without a hand on him. At least Saracens could offer something going forwards, with tries for Kris Chesney and Adam Powell giving Saracens hope. But Mark Cueto scored next, breaking the record for most consecutive games with a try, despite a strong tackle from Seymour. It meant that a final try from Dan Scarbrough was only enough to secure a try bonus point rather than a losing one.

If it makes us feel better Sale were a very strong side that year, and Sale were to win their first and only title in May.

Meanwhile, Jason Robinson’s international retirement was to last only 15 months before he was brought back to the side, scoring two tries on his return against Scotland. Then going on to play through until the 2007 World Cup Final. What Sale would give for a player of that calibre today.

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
JO'G (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 08:48
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Saracens On This Day – 24th September 24th September 2011 – Leicester Tigers 25 - Saracens 50

up to the time we won in Lyon (and obviously excluding 2003 final) my favourite rugby day. I managed to get a season ticket return, in the middle of the Crumbie stand totally surrounded by Tiggers season ticket holders. Wandered around the stadium for another hour afterwards in a state of shock.

Just a note that immediately after the game Farrell senior and junior stood on the halfway line going through each play to work out where perhaps junior could have played slightly better. I watched and listened for around 10 minutes, but found the accent difficult to earwig. Its that sort of attention to detail that marks Fazlet out as a superior rugby player.



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Re: Saracens On This Day
25 September, 2017 09:55
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Saracens On This Day – 24th September 24th September 2011 – Leicester Tigers 25 - Saracens 50

up to the time we won in Lyon (and obviously excluding 2003 final) my favourite rugby day. I managed to get a season ticket return, in the middle of the Crumbie stand totally surrounded by Tiggers season ticket holders. Wandered around the stadium for another hour afterwards in a state of shock.

Just a note that immediately after the game Farrell senior and junior stood on the halfway line going through each play to work out where perhaps junior could have played slightly better. I watched and listened for around 10 minutes, but found the accent difficult to earwig. Its that sort of attention to detail that marks Fazlet out as a superior rugby player.

Love this, I've often got the sense that the Farrell household take their rugby very, very seriously. And I wasn't at all surprised by O'Brien's comment that Sexton and Farrell coached the Lions attack for the second test.

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
JO'G (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 12:45
they really annoyed the Tiggers ground staff as well; because they were still on the pitch the guys with the barrier had to remain around so when the Farrell's went to the dressing room they would be protected. Annoyed some Tiggers supporters as well; they could not use the stand as a shortcut



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Re: Saracens On This Day
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
25 September, 2017 13:57
Aye, in the aftermath of the O'Brien Jeremiad, someone, I recall not who (it might have been Spencer), in defence of Howley, observed that coaching is about asking the right questions, rather than giving the players all the answers.

Having only ever having coached at a much lower level (and in a different sport), my immediate reaction was "that depends on the player"!

Upon reflection, it may not have been a bad thing for Howley to have allowed players of Sexton and Farrell's calibre a free rein.

I spent much of the first test, in a bar, surrounded by English folk, screaming 'get Te'o our of the midfield, he's even worse than Jamie'! (expletives deleted).

Perhaps it was Faz and Sexton who dropped Te'o (Sm22)



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Re: Saracens On This Day
26 September, 2017 11:40
Saracens On This Day – 26th September
26th September 1998 – London Scottish 20 - Saracens 58

This was our first professional, competitive game against London Scottish, a side who we’d played multiple times in the amateur days as we bounced around the leagues together. Scottish were a traditional side, who had only opened to non-Scots in 1996, but this secured them promotion to the top league for the 98-99 season. To be honest the game went much to form as you might expect for the prior season’s runner-up against a promoted side.

Saracens moved out to a 46-10 half time lead with 6 tries and 2 penalties, and the ref seemed to try and even up the sides in the second half – awarding 16 penalties to London Scottish. Given they only managed two tries from that much possession, it suggests quite a gulf between the teams. One that the Scottish lock Eddie Jones mentioned in a post-game interview “It took us a long time to realise that they only had two arms and two legs”.

The game was one of Scottish;’s first at the stoop, and an attendance of 2412 was to suggest some of the financial problems that would eventually shut down the club. As although this was our first, this was also our penultimate professional, competitive game against Scottish, as they were to be disbanded later that season. Unfortunately for us not before they could beat us in a boxing day game at Vicarage Road. The club was placed into administration before a nominal merger with London Irish and Richmond in July 1999.

But this wasn’t the end of the club, who re-joined the RFU leagues at the bottom, before progressing back seven divisions in 10 seasons to reach the championship in 2011-12. Although their progress has stalled, with a 3rd place in 2014-15 the highlight, they are now securely managed as a fully professional side again. And Saracens have even managed a few pre-season friendlies against our old opponents.

I’d love to see them finish their climb back to the top tier, if only to prove what a dedicated fan base can achieve. So alongside Bedford they’re a team I always look out for when I scan the championship table.

 
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MGB (IP Logged)
26 September, 2017 21:39
I remember the return game at Vicarage Road well. I took an Aussie friend reassuring him we'd win by a cricket score after the result of the away game. The key try for Scottish came when Brendon Daniel was turned over in possession. Francois Pienaar was furious with him, telling him not to be mister nice guy - he should have held on even if it meant a penalty or yellow card. That probably marked the beginning of the end for Brendon's time at Saracens, as he moved to Harlequins at the end of that season.

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
27 September, 2017 22:39
Saracens On This Day – 27th September
27th September 2009 – Saracens 19 – Gloucester 16

Another late one today, so I'll keep things brief!

It's hard to over-state how much of a surprise the 2009-10 season was for any established Saracens fan. We had seen so much change and more than a few false dawns, but consistency just escaped us every year. So much so that it had been over a decade since we had won our first 3 league fixtures. Therefore the run of victories over Irish, Saints and Quins was already astounding.

Now we were back at Vicarage Road for our first real home game, after trips to Twickenham and Wembley. Gloucester were the visitors, and having beaten us twice the season before they made a good start this day as well.

Saracens lost their line-out to Alasdair Strokosch after two minutes and he passed to Rory Lawson who scored. Ten minutes later the start got even worse as Saracens captain Steve Borthwick had to be subbed-off from a cut to the head. But Saracens stuck to their plan, that of aerial bombardment by Neil de Kock and Glen Jackson, ably supported by hard chasing from the back line of Goode, Cato and Wyles.

The tactic did at least work, and two failures to recover the ball on their side led to two penalties for Saracens. It wasn't pretty though and even the home support took to booing some of the duller sections of the half, which Gloucester edged 13-9.

The second half started somewhat more brightly, if only that a drop goal from Jackson was better than a penalty. It took the replacement of de Kock by ex-All Black Justin Marshall to add some direction, linking well with Jackson to allow Brits to score a try and give Saracens the lead for the first time in the 67th minute.

Gloucester were now short on time, and against a defence that the supporters were now discovering was something special that wasn't going to be enough time. Although they did get close enough to miss a drop goal.

So the heady heights of 4 wins in a row, and top of the league! Not bad for a team still focusing on the basics. The BBC article features the earliest Saracens quote I think I've seen from Mark McCall: "we've made ourselves unbelievably competitive.", eight years later that quote still applies to the side today.

 
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28 September, 2017 07:31
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Earlier that day France had handily beaten France in a preview of what was to be the final,

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28 September, 2017 09:07
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Earlier that day France had handily beaten France in a preview of what was to be the final,

No wonder they made it to the final!

Damnit! New Zealand were the side to beat France!

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
28 September, 2017 09:08
Saracens On This Day – 28th September

28th September 2013 – Harlequins 12 - Saracens 22

The 2013-14 season was another that started with a winning run, albeit one with more tries scored than four years earlier. The season had started with bonus point wins over London Irish, Gloucester and Bath and Saracens were sitting pretty at the top of the league. Quins had won two out of their first three games; winning away to Wasps at the Double Header and at Worcester while losing to Saints two weeks earlier at the Stoop.

The game started well, with Wigglesworth hassling Evans’ attempt to clear and just missing his attempt to touch the loose ball down for a try. But Quins were the first on the score-board, Nick Evans putting them ahead after Alex Goode had been sent to the sin bin for blocking Ugo Monye’s chase of a kick ahead.

Saracens were happy just to stay in touch playing into a strong wind, and the fly halves traded penalties to bring the score to 12-3 for Quins. The Saracens highlight of the half was a break by Kelly Brown from the front of a line-out, he was only held up by an excellent tackle from Quins’ Tom Williams. For no particularly obvious reason the players from both sides took this as a chance to start some handbags; Robshaw slapping Steve Borthwick and Fa’a savalu sent to the sin bin for grabbing Jacques Burger’s hair. The resulting penalty took the score to 12-6 at half time.

Poor handling had held Saracens back in the first half, but was improved in the second – a particular fine show and go from Farrell saw the ball passed to Wyles on the inside and then to Ashton who scored under the posts to give us the lead for the first time in the match. The backs having shown their skill, the forwards decided to show theirs, a 35m rolling maul eventually pulled down with the try line in sight – Marler sent to the bin and Farrell extending the lead. Further Quins attacks were blunted by strong defence and Quins were unable to add to their half-time score. Nick Evans missing a final chance to steal a losing bonus point when his penalty hit the post.

It was a day of landmarks for players on both sides. Tom Williams playing for the 200th time for Quins and Steve Borthwick playing his 250th premiership game. Borthwick currently holds the record for most Premiership appearances at 267 games, but I expect he will lose it to another Sarrie sooner or later. Because I hadn’t realised how close Wiggy had already got to this record; he’s up to 247 premiership appearances already! Wigglesworth made his Sale debut in November 2002 against Bath and stands a very good chance of breaking the outright record – perhaps even this season if Saracens were to make the Premiership final.

Who knows, if Wiggy fancies playing as long as Peter Stringer he could move the record out of sight!

Highlights

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
28 September, 2017 15:12
SWSBP have you considered going on Mastermind with this as your specialist subject.



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Re: Saracens On This Day
derbyshire fan (IP Logged)
29 September, 2017 06:36
Tony - only if he can take his spreadsheet with him!

 
Re: Saracens On This Day
JO'G (IP Logged)
29 September, 2017 11:55
[quote Superman wears Schalk Brits pyjamas]It was a day of landmarks for players on both sides. Tom Williams playing for the 200th time for Quins and Steve Borthwick playing his 250th premiership game. Borthwick currently holds the record for most Premiership appearances at 267 games, but I expect he will lose it to another Sarrie sooner or later. Because I hadn’t realised how close Wiggy had already got to this record; he’s up to 247 premiership appearances already! Wigglesworth made his Sale debut in November 2002 against Bath and stands a very good chance of breaking the outright record – perhaps even this season if Saracens were to make the Premiership final.

Who knows, if Wiggy fancies playing as long as Peter Stringer he could move the record out of sight!

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Alex will be playing his 236th game this weekend for the same club. With Borths and Chuter both being two-club men, Alex might already have the most premiership games for one club record. He probably has a good 4 years left



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