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LIFE AFTER DEATH?


By DG
January 23 2020

  The Afterlife begins on Sunday. AD. After Demotion. Saracens now play the first of 14 dead rubbers away at Quins. Welcome to the official trial of “ring-fencing the Premiership”. Who’d be Mark McCall. How on earth do you pick a team for this? How do you motivate the players? Can we really expect these guys to put their bodies and careers on the line for something which doesn’t matter? At least not to Saracens. We could win this 100-0 and it would count for nothing.  

Of course it does matter to Quins, very much, and to all the other opponents we play between now and the end of the season. I think it will feel very odd. It also seems unfair – not to us, mea culpa, but to those clubs we have already played.

Games between Sarries and Quins are always edgy and I suspect this one will be even more so in the light of some of the comments emanating from TW2. Quins will no doubt select their strongest available team which will I assume include the likes of Danny Care, Chris Robshaw and young England rejects Marcus Smith & Alex Dombrandt. Pity Nathan Earle isn’t fit yet, would be good to see him again but Nick Auterac, who has just signed for Saints next season, should be there.

I hope Brad, Spenno, Jackson, Baz, Loz, Wiggy, Nick, Duncan and the rest of the first team who haven’t been called up for international duty are putting their feet up on some Caribbean island for a nice long break. Time to get rid of those niggling injuries and prepare for the big one against Leinster in a couple of months. No point in risking those old (and not so old) bones in a pointless cause – who knows we might get another season or 2 out of them.

McCall hinted on Sunday that he would use these games to give our up and coming players, the guys who are going to bear the brunt of trying to win promotion next season, plenty of Premiership experience. It’s anyone’s guess who will turn out for us but here’s my attempt:-

Gallagher, Segun, Morris (is he fit?) Watson, Crossdale, Manu Vunipola (are we allowed him if not who?), Whiteley, Crean, Pifeleti, Ibuanokpe, Joel Kpoku, Hunter-Hill, Clarke, Reffell, Christie.

MMc may be tempted to pepper the team with a few wise heads – maybe on rotation? Who knows? (I’m tempted to say who cares but I am sure the boys will go out there and proudly represent their club as they always do)

Good luck to Luke Pearce who has the whistle for this one. Hope he’s been reading up on the Marques of Queensbury rules!Ho

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LIFE AFTER DEATH?
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Toga
23/01/2020 21:44
No point risking injury. Just let Quins score at will, don't give their ghastly fans the chance of a decent match.

The only exception will be when Exeter come to Allianz Park. Should have everyone available bar injury. Put 40 points on them just before they go into the play-offs.

The Bard
24/01/2020 09:50
Quins could hardly complain if we don’t take the game seriously, that’s exactly what they’ve done in the last 4 Heineken Cup group games...
I suspect we will want to be competitive and make a statement.

TonyTaff
24/01/2020 16:57
We should take a Leinster-style approach to selection.

Pick the A team in Europe, and keep them match fit by rotating them into the otherwise development squad for the unimportant ones.

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BlackheathSarrie
24/01/2020 18:08
Who is our 10 when Manu disappears off to the 6 Nations? Lozo?

Robertquin
24/01/2020 18:52
"Ghastly fans"? How charming.

tpr's headmistress
24/01/2020 19:18
We've all got a few Robert.(Sm108)

Robertquin
24/01/2020 19:32
Quote:
tpr's headmistress
We've all got a few Robert.(Sm108)

Absolutely!

TonyTaff
24/01/2020 19:33
Quote:
Robertquin
"Ghastly fans"? How charming.

Robert, the only ghastly aspect of Quins fans, at the Stoop, that I found, when I was lucky enough to get a lower seat in the East Stand, was the frequent interruption of my view by folk going to and fro the bog/bar.

Now, with passing years, I better understand the challenges of bladder control!

Rest assured, the majority of Sarries fans, who visit away grounds, bear nothing but camaraderie towards the home fans. Just like practically every other club.

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Robertquin
24/01/2020 19:52
Quote:
TonyTaff
Quote:
Robertquin
"Ghastly fans"? How charming.

Robert, the only ghastly aspect of Quins fans, at the Stoop, that I found, when I was lucky enough to get a lower seat in the East Stand, was the frequent interruption of my view by folk going to and fro the bog/bar.

Now, with passing years, I better understand the challenges of bladder control!

Rest assured, the majority of Sarries fans, who visit away grounds, bear nothing but camaraderie towards the home fans. Just like practically every other club.

I think that annoys most of us to be honest!

TonyTaff
24/01/2020 22:12
Quote:
Robertquin
Quote:
TonyTaff
Quote:
Robertquin
"Ghastly fans"? How charming.

Robert, the only ghastly aspect of Quins fans, at the Stoop, that I found, when I was lucky enough to get a lower seat in the East Stand, was the frequent interruption of my view by folk going to and fro the bog/bar.

Now, with passing years, I better understand the challenges of bladder control!

Rest assured, the majority of Sarries fans, who visit away grounds, bear nothing but camaraderie towards the home fans. Just like practically every other club.

I think that annoys most of us to be honest!

(Sm22)

I once went as a Corporate Hostility guest to a midweek evening game. Quins against Irish. Many of the other supper guests were late, so our host ordained that the food should be delayed; this resulted in the dessert not being served until after kick-off. I deserted my seat at the table in favour of one with a pitch view, in order not to miss any of the action.

The scion of Harlequins who made the decision to delay the food was...


... Tony Diprose!

Unlike François Pienaar, I refrained from throwing a punch winking smiley

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