Great game at Vicarage Road yesterday, Saracens maintained their winning streak at home by stuffing Bristol 36-5 and earning themselves a bonus point win. This means they're currently sitting at 4th in the Premiership table for the first time this season, just overtaking Wasps with a game in hand. That's due to the delayed game against London Irish coming up this Friday, so it's a must-win game for the Men in Black if they wish to consolidate their position in the table.
[Kris Chesney brings down Bristol prop Alex Clarke]
I have to say, there was some great passing from Saracens, who seemed to be offloading furiously before big tackles, and they really kept the ball moving. Kameli Ratuvou continues to impress with his speed on the wing, scoring a brace of tries. And the pack were going forward really well - especially with one maul which saw them make headway from their own 10m line to over half way and into Bristol territory. That got a great shout from the crowd. There were also plenty of crunching tackles, and good defence in the main - one slight error letting Bristol in for their only points of the game.
Kevin Yates also managed to canter over for a score in the second half, which pleased him no end. He's now scored five this season, not bad as the Front Row don't often get on the scoreboard from running play. You can see more photos from the game at rugbypix.com as usual.
There was certainly a festive atmosphere at the ground too. Saracens favourite supporters, the Fez Boys, were celebrating their 10th anniversary, featuring on the front of the programme with Yatesy, and also appearing with the Saracens Sensations in a special one-off performance before the game. I have the evidence [right, Bokke in a Bikini, with the Sensations, god help us all!]
Kyran Bracken was also on a high from having won the Dancing on Ice competition on Saturday. So he's proud to have won the club the first silverware of the season!