Monday, October 16, 2006

A Tale Of Two Teams

Last Week:
Saracens couldn't seem to get themselves together against Cardiff Blues. It was an EDF Energy [Anglo-Welsh] Cup Match and somehow, despite going in at half time up by 22-15, Saracens contrived to loose the match 29-40 by the time 80 minutes was up.

They didn't have any sort of shape, and a couple of silly mistakes gifted the Blues scoring oppourtunities. All very frustrating.

Still, my pictures weren't too bad. Here's the Blues' Captain Xavier Rush doing his stuff, with Andy Farrell on as a substitute for Sarries.

This Week:
Sarries ran riot against Bath, scoring SIX TRIES (yes, that's Six), and ending up on the right end of a 55-23 scoreline! How did they do that? Dunno, but I don't half wish they would do it more often!

Bath's forwards are usually noted for their grunt, (left, three of the Big Bruisers line up for a scrum - Andy Beattie, Danny Grewcock and Peter Short) but this time round, they were being pushed all over the park. We had tries from Wingers, Centres, a rumbled-over drive by the forwards, and a great display of putting the opposition under pressure. Glen Jackson (man o' the match) scored 23 points on his own via the boot. Everyone looked cohesive and the Neil de Kock/Jackson combo seemed to work really well. Seymour was sniping round the fringes again and our lineout was solid.

It means that, as of today, we're now 6th in the table (see below), but have scored the most points in the Premiership - 157 so far. Bristol (still top of the table) have scored just 136. However, they've only conceded 76 points, whereas Sarries have 111 against them. So it looks like we need to get working on our defence, since it's obvious we can score tries!

Great stuff guys, let's see more of the same next week! We're hosting Glasgow Warriors for the first European Challenge Cup pool match this Sunday. It will be great if they can keep the momentum going.

Finally, here's a couple of pictures from the Members' Bar after yesterday's match - former Saracen/England Scrum Half Kyran Bracken presents the Man of the Match Champers to Glen Jackson.

You can also see more photos from the game at - there are a shameless number of a certain Bath No 5 - I don't care! He doesn't play against Sarries very often, as he's usually away on England duty when the Saracens/Bath fixtures are scheduled. So I made the most of it :-)

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