Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Saracens FC edged one step closer to the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup as they rode Richard Wigglesworth’s effort to overcome Munster 19-13 and take control of Pool 1.
Neither Munster nor the English side has the look of what it takes to become the champions of Europe but both side’s dreams of reaching the last eight of the most prestigious club competition in European rugby remain on track after a typically humdinger of a match at Vicarage Road.
Had Ronan O’Gara scored the penalty and the drop goal in the final 15 minutes of the game, the story of the match might have been written differently but for now, it is the 2011 champions of the Aviva Premiership Saracens FC that lead the way in Pool 1 and look favorites to qualify for the next stage of the competition. If the club does manage to beat Racing Metro when the tournament resumes after the winter break and get the better of a struggling Edinburgh side to qualify for the quarter finals of the competition, then this victory might as well be seen as a springboard to their success.
Rather a few of the current crop of The Sarries players had played first level rugby of the Heineken Cup and that too against a side of the caliber of Munster, who had till date, won all the matches between the two sides. As a result, when Mark McCall, the Director of Rugby of Saracens FC stated that the victory was almost a coming of age for many of the players as well as the team, it has to be taken into account the hours of hard work that had gone into the planning and execution of their successful conquest of the strong Munster side.