By all accounts, Sunday's game between Saracens and Gloucester was a cracking match. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, so I'm only going by what the reports have been saying.
Sounds like it was a hard fought and close game right up until the last whistle. Gloucester were leading by only a couple of points at half time, and Saracens just managed to hang on at the end for Kris Chesney to score a try, which Glen Jackson subsequently converted, to give them a 24-22 victory.
It's good to see Saracens finally winning close games like that, when in past seasons, they would have not been able to come back and make a break for the win. It's also fantastic to see Chesney's signed another 2-year contract, and with match-winning scores like that under his belt, it can only be good for the team.
The photo above is from when Saracens played Gloucester in the Zurich Wildcard Final at Twickenham on 14th May 2005. Sarries won that too (24-16), to go through to the Heineken cup in the 2005/2006 season.
The weekend's win puts Saracens at 5th in the table, just two points behind Gloucester, and with one match in hand (against London Irish, who are currently at 8th). Let's hope they can keep up the momentum going into the last part of the season.
It seems that England's players for the Ireland game all came through their weekend club matches without incident, so hopefully they will be raring to go come Saturday at Croke Park. I think it will be time to replenish the beer stock in the fridge, and sit down for three captivating games.