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By Dynodragon
January 14 2019

A top of the table London derby match against Quins, probably part 2 of 3 to decide this years champion team in the Tyrell’s Premier 15 was ample reason to turn up at Allianz Park on a chilly afternoon. Previous matches have seen Sarries dominate the tight stuff and squeeze out Quins attacking threat, but usually only by a few points, this a close rivalry of 2 evenly matched teams.

The first 15 minutes was a touchy feely affair as both sides probed without much threatening action when a clearing kick by the Quins fullback was allowed to bounce inexplicably 2 or 3 times by several Sarries players, only the ball being picked up by a Quins player who headed for the corner flag woke them from their befuddlement, a few rucks near the try line against a scrambling defence before Quins powered over to open the scoring. From the kickoff Saracens gained possession in the attacking 22, a penalty was kicked to the corner, the line out drive stymied, a few more pick and go’s and Hannah Botterman powered over.

If it felt like the game would continue as a meat grind the next 20 minutes was truly shocking as Quins took total charge. They crossed the gain line with ease, a creaking scrum started going backwards and ruck’s drew in too many Saracens defenders leaving massive space out wide. If felt remarkable that halftime score was only 21-12 Quins, this was comfortable the worse Saracens had played in a long time. A hell of a team talk was needed and a massive change in execution.

That didn’t happen, 2 quick Saracens line outs missed completely, the second straight into Quins hands and 2 soft missed tackles and they were under the sticks for the bonus point try, 28-12. This was getting ugly. A bright spot appeared as high tackle 20 meters out straight in front lead to a Quins yellow card, take the points and get some momentum? No, kick to the corner, try to drive, held up, scrum penalty against(pretty much every scrum in the 2nd half ended with a Quins penalty) and Botterman is also sin-binned. A few minutes past with nothing happening and this game is gone, time to head for the exit?

Fortunately we are not that type of fan so we get to witness an amazing last 10 minutes, suddenly Saracens make yards through half breaks by McKenna at 10. Quins concede a penalty and the catch and drive is motoring only to be cynical brought down, penalty try and yellow card. 28-19. Respectable. Straight from kick off another half break and Quins can’t scramble fast enough and finally good hands score in the corner. 75 mins 28-24, LBP+TBP. Wow!

A final kickoff, Saracens safely gather and off we go again! Where is this coming from? A brilliant run from Fleetwood is brought down metres short but quick recycling and Casey dives over! Woo-Hoo !! Unbelievable! Harrison then takes the full time allowed and smoothly strikes from out wide and the conversion flies true(as if at this point anything else is possible) 31-28 Saracens BP victory from the depths of hell and back!

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14/01/2019 19:59
Thanks for that. Sounds like some game!

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2019:01:20:17:18:07 by Darraghgirl.

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14/01/2019 20:44
We watched the last twenty minutes via the streaming in a bar in Lyon - amazing grit and determination from the Saracens women

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