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Re: Saracens On This Day
Posted by: Haslam
Date: 08/09/2017 22:47
Saracens On This Day – 8th September
8th September 2002 –Saracens 28 – Bath 3

I’m getting ready for my first trip to the Rec tomorrow, so this felt an appropriate, if hopeful, choice.

Fresh from out high-scoring season start against Bristol it was our first home game of the season. In their first round Bath had sneaked a 22-24 win away to London Irish in the first match so it was all to play for.

The Bath side featured 5 internationals in the pack and scored an easy penalty early on in the game, but it was to be their last points with Saracens then scoring their first try following breaks by Tom Shanklin and Kyran Bracken – finished by Ben Russell. Saracens then added three further penalties from Andy Goode and a try from Castaignède.

But the real drama of the first half went to Danny Grewcock, an ex-Sarrie red-carded for kicking Bracken in the face during a ruck. Everyone seemed confused by the decision with Bracken offering to serve as a friendly witness at the RFU disciplinary hearing and Saracens coach Shelford saying "The referee didn't have a clue what was going on."!

A poor quality second half with multiple replacements meant that Saracens missed out on a second TBP of the season, but the disciplinary proceedings were to be even more farcical with Grewcock first banned for 5 weeks before struck off in a second appeal.

We can hope tomorrow’s game features more fluent decision making from Wayne Barnes, and a similar scoreline would make the journey well worth it for me. The Saracens XV for tomorrow features only two changes from last week and an uber-bench with 3 lions in wait. Meanwhile Bath have drafted a tight-head to the bench who has been with the club less than 24 hours and was previously training to switch to Hooker.

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