Andy Farrell finally made his first start in Premiership Rugby Union at the weekend, in Saracens game against London Irish in the EDF Energy Cup (formerly Powergen Cup). Unfortunately, he didn't really set the park on fire - partly perhaps because of the heavy downpours which occurred during the game. Saracens lost 24-36, and never really looked like they were bossing the game. I wasn't too worried to begin with, as we scored a couple of penatlies, and even at 12-12, I thought we were still in with a chance.
But then a couple of silly errors gifted Irish two tries (Richie Rees charged down a clearance kick by Glen Jackson (left) to put the ball down) and it all kind of slid away from them.
I must admit that Dave Seymour looked far more lively when he came on as a replacement for Farrell in the second half - and made an immediate impact with sniping at rucks and making a couple of huge tackles. Obviously, it's early days for Andy, but I do hope he can get into his stride sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, boss Alan Gaffney insists Farrell should stay at Six. And Jeff Probyn wonders if it's too late to teach an old dog new tricks.
Here's a picture of Farrell in Saracens' away colours, talking to Scrum Half Mosese Rauluni during one of the first scrums of the game. the Blues stuffed Wasps this past weekend. We need to get the home crowd cheering the boys on!