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CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
13 March, 2019 09:48
Thank you Andy for a very comprehensive preview of the PRC Final on Sunday.

We still don't have a reporter for the game - any volunteers??



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 25/03/2019 17:26 by Darraghgirl.

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
13 March, 2019 13:29
Well that was enjoyable and well written. Thanks a lot.

We really need to find a decent name for the cup, a Sponsor would help there of course.

As for the game? I just want Saints to keep pushing our youth. They need the experience of playing in finals even if they eventually loose. Mostly i want us to keep playing our open running rugby. We might not win anything but at least its fun to watch.

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
13 March, 2019 18:19
have also put link on Saints board

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
JL904 (IP Logged)
14 March, 2019 18:43
An excellent preview of the upcoming final, and a compelling argument in favour of having such a competition.

If it is intended as a "development" tournament I'd agree with restrictions with regard to the number of Premiership caps in a playing squad. Rather than a team total, I'd be minded to restrict selection to players with fewer than say 25-30 full first team appearances of 20 minutes or more - and no player with an international cap.

The one exception to that restriction could be the first "senior" appearance for any player returning from an injury after 3 weeks out or longer. P'raps a maximum of two players ... one forward, one in the backs. That would ensure that emerging talent was in with a genuine chance of winning silverware, among all clubs.

Who's going to win? Hard to say IMNSHO. Recently, the first team have given Saints some fearful whuppings. There isn't the vast gulf in class between the finals squads, so it could go either way.



Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please - Niccolo Machiavelli

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Sara'sman (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 12:05
Saracens team to face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens in the Premiership Rugby Cup final (KO 15H00):

BACKS: Matt Gallagher (30), Ali Crossdale (7), Marcelo Bosch (129), Dom Morris (10), Rotimi Segun (9), Max Malins (26), Tom Whiteley (24).

FORWARDS: Richard Barrington (160), Christopher Tolofua (32), Christian Judge (15), Joel Kpoku (7), Dom Day (29), Calum Clark (34), Sean Reffell (7), Ben Earl (34).

REPLACEMENTS: Joe Gray (6), Ralph Adams-Hale (6), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (30), Nick Isiekwe (54), Sione Vailanu (9), Henry Taylor (13), Tom Griffiths (3), Alex Lewington (21).


15 George Furbank
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Luther Burrell
12 Piers Francis
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 Reece Marshall
3 Paul Hill
4 Alex Moon
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Tom Wood
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

16 James Fish
17 Francois Van Wyk
18 Ben Franks
19 James Craig
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Cobus Reinach
22 Rory Hutchinson
23 Tom Collins



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Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
PurfleetSarrie (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 12:34
A great preview to read. Thank you.

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Graeme D (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 13:26
Excellent preview



Graeme

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 18:56
Excellent preview, Thanks!



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Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Sara'sman (IP Logged)
17 March, 2019 17:36
Congratulations Saints; the better team, a full house, great surface and beautiful weather. We needed Ms Fortune to deal us a few cards if we were to win but can have no complaints.

I think Mr Grayson has a bright future!

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
The Bard (IP Logged)
17 March, 2019 19:51
Certainly deserved winners, as they should have been with the team they had out. Cracking atmosphere and luckily the weather wasn’t too bad. Frustrating that we didn’t really land a blow in the second half with the slope and wind in our favour. Two pretty dismal maul attempts went absolutely nowhere when we surely had to give it to the backs.
Malins and Gallagher certainly caught the eye, Tolofua had by far his best game for us in terms of lineout throwing. I do wonder whether we’ll need to enter the market when Wiggy retires, the lads today have a long way today before they are at the level we’ll need for the big games.
Not sure what happened with the scrum, it seemed the only penalties went to the team playing up the hill.

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
JohnI (IP Logged)
17 March, 2019 23:18
Brilliant atmosphere from both sets of fans today within the stadium and a lot of future young talent from both sides on display that if they continue in the way they showed today there will be quite a few players to step up into the boots of those players reaching the end of their careers.
So good to see Callum Clark back at the Gardens and still reckon he should have had more recognition than he’s got in the past.

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
Houghton Saint (IP Logged)
18 March, 2019 08:46
Malins and Grayson.........huge futures ahead !

 
Re: CHURCH'S ON SUNDAY
SarrieSaint (IP Logged)
18 March, 2019 10:10
Really fascinating watch and a great day out.

14 points a decent winning margin for Saints and yet felt that was a very good performance from the Sarries (mostly) youngsters given they were denied any platform from the scrum. A try denied which was the correct call on the question asked and a couple of other moves that broke down just short of the line testimony to shots being fired but not quite landed.

Sarries struggled to cope with the big winger but there was no lack of heart or commitment in tackling him, or at least trying too! I think they'll maybe be a bit disappointed with how much great ball Saints were given to run back by overlong kicking throughout the game, definitely one to work on.

Given the relative strengths of the teams they did well with Malins, Gallagher, Reffell, Earl and Morris all showing up well.
Stick 2 or 3 first XVs in there and I wonder if the result would have been the same?

Great stuff going forward.


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