SARACENS ARE FROZEN OUT
Forget about Brexit, the World Cup and who ever ends up winning Strictly Come Dancing; what people will remember about 2018 will be the weather, with a record breaking summer that seemed to last forever.
So as we gathered at Southgate to head off for south London, it seemed we would be blessed with another lovely day, but it was a different story when we arrived at Thamesians. Grey skies and a biting cold win wind. Given that between them the two sides ran up an eventual combined score of more than a point a minute it may have been down to the players wanting to just keep running.
If there is one thing you can say about Saracens this season so far is that the squad appear to find a trend . The latest is conceding a try in the first minute of the game. It happened last week and just the same this, and equally the team scored a try straight from the restart. 7-7 and only three minutes played. Exciting stuff, but perhaps something the squad can think about?
Both sides continued to play fast end to end open running rugby. But then came possibly the defining moment of the game. Thamesians were on the Saracens 22 and were awarded a penalty and Sarrie’s suffered a sin binning. The offer of a kick at the posts was turned down in favour of kicking for a line out which was won and the pack drove over the Saracen line.
Before the sin binning was over Thamesians had taken full advantage and by the time Sarries were back to full strength the home side were 24-7 ahead. Sarries’ heads did not drop and soon closed the gap with a converted try. 24 -14.
There seemed to be a conscious decision to keep attacking from both sides and by half time the home team were 36 - 28 ahead, but the game was still in the balance. But it had come at a cost for both sides with players leaving the game with injuries, though Saracens suffered the worst.
Within minutes of the restart the game was over. Two quick tries saw the home team stretch the lead to 41-28. Yet Sarries’ heads did not drop and kept the opposition at bay for long periods and managed to launch attacks of their own, without crossing the line. But with only minutes to go the final whistle the defiance came to an end with Thamesians running in two more tries. But there was a sting in the tail for Saracens when a last great effort was rewarded with a try.
The final score was 53 -35.
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Updated 18:02 - 9 Nov 2018 by Ian Fear