When they played us, I thought Flood had a decent first half. Setting aside the non-attempt at a drop goal, he then seemed to suffer a crisis of confidence in the second and became conservative and ineffective.
Yes, they came back to win but it wouldn't inspire me with great confidence that Flood has the skills and winning mentality at Test level - at the moment anyway. His team mates bailed him out as the playmaker.
It can be, and is, argued that form is temporary and class is permanent and I'd like to see him bounce back. Youngs seems much harder to justify on that basis.
This seems to be another example of how we're damned if we do and damned if we don't, the implicit perception seems to be that Sarries shouldn't be represented in the England set-up. (Three players that we've developed through the Club, Stevens who we've helped rehabilitate and Strettle, Hodgson and the hopefully soon to return Wrigglesworth who we can claim less credit for.) At the same time we're considered parasitical, salary cap cheats, who are responsible for most of the ills in the game.
Looking at other MBs, it would appear that our modicum of success has ruffled a lot of feathers. Still, we can take comfort in Oscar's observation, 'There's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about.'
Personally, I don't subscribe to the everyone hates us and we don't care mentality. I'd like to see credit given when and where it's due. Then again, perhaps I'm one of the Watford Thought Police?
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