It was a narrow margin by which Saracens defeated Newcastle. They are now second in the ladder. David Strettle gave the much needed lead for the Sarries which was a clean move.
At the break Saracens were 13- 10. Third attempt was made by Will Welch which was the third. Three penalties were kicked by Ben Spencer by which win was earned by Saracens.
First half was quite power packed with Saull going in for a maul however extras were not added by Tom Catterick. The deficit was reduced by Hodgson as 40 metres was the penalty. Scores were levelled by Tuilagi as manovering was done by the defence of Sarries.
Catterick could not turn the conversion in his favour. Spencer replaced Hodgson to give an edge to the Saracens. For the third attempt Welch was driving for Falcons as mauling by the Newcastle Was continued.
Saracens got some life back as lead was taken over by the two penalties stuck by Spencer which also included a sweet time kick. Attacking threat was not posed by the Newcastle as Spencer began to play and notch up with his boot. Victory was sealed by the Saracens which was hailed as the 10th win. There were replacements in both the team yet could not register a win from Newcastle.
Mark McCall, the director of Saracens rugby pointed out that the game was massive for them and to get maximum points was important for them. The most patient man has been Ben Spencer since he hardly complains and strives harder. Dean Richards, the director of Newcastle on the other hand pointed out that the problem for them was that they could not win. It is low margin which makes things easier for the team. The decision making was poor and should have converted big points.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC has claimed the support of at least seven clubs from the top flight of English rugby who want the salary cap to be scrapped from the game.
The club has said that there will be discussions on the matter when the shareholders meeting of Premiership Rugby takes place in February. The club issued a press release where it said that it was working on creating a consensus among the clubs in the English top flight in a bid to remove the salary cap that has handicapped the progress of the domestic game in England.
The salary cap that was first introduced by Premiership Rugby in 1999 allows each team to spend £ 5 million on their teams, including wages and is expected to rise by another £ 500,000 this season. It also allows the clubs to have two marquee players whose wages are not dictated by the salary cap.
Chief executive Edward Griffiths of Saracens FC said in a recent press meet that if the salary cap is not scrapped; English clubs are expected to lose out on securing top quality players from around the world, many of whom are expected to sign lucrative deals for European clubs following the Rugby World Cup in England.
He added that the purpose it was introduced for has been served and the clubs should now be given a free run to spend money in the transfer market.
The Saracens FC also said that they must be fair to the England internationals as well, who are asked to play at domestic level n England to be eligible for the national team when they could be earning twice or thrice the money if they choose to sign for any of the clubs in France or Ireland and South Africa.
Worcester saw a 32-5 defeat when they played against the Saracens in a Women’s Premiership match. For the home side that is totally inexperienced, this was a great effort and seemed like an easy victory for the Saracens following the score line. Even then the game felt quiet balanced until there were 3 substitutions around 50 minutes.
Worcester opened the match with a very confident attitude against the Saracens as they made the first half their own within 17 minutes. However, the home side made their 1st score through Seraphine Okemba. She repeated her pace in two more minutes. Worcester was still undeterred from the match and they kept moving forward with the game. They got the reward of a try from Rachael Lund.
Saracens still kept on pressing forward after this and they surely might have thought about why they were losing exactly at half time.
The debutante of Worcester, Harriet Dunn created havoc in the match while doing the forward play but she carried out well and also broke the tackles. She had to take the unfortunate retirement immediately due to her injury.
Two of the international backs, Sally Tuson and Leanne Riley were introduced by Saracens on the 50th minute where both April Brown and Sarah McKenna made very clever use of the kicks they made. The match started turning against Worcester as faced four consequent tries from Okemba. She showed continued pace throughout the match and one try was from Lynn Cattell too as she made a conversion.
Worcester introduced 6 players to debut in the Premiership and for them this was a very encouraging and well spirited performance. Undoubtedly the Saracens deserve the victory they have got because they had a pace superior to the much inexperienced home side. They were easily outwitted.
Alex Goode sidestepped his away from Mike Brown and gained the jersey of number 15. The game was played against Sale and Saracens had a win of 40-19. Saracens proved that he was playing second fiddle to Brown. For the campaign in autumn they will play against the Southern Hemisphere. In the division of back they proved to be in an attacking mood.
Goode showed his class to Stuart Lancaster while sidestepping. The Saracens had the fourth victory in quick succession. In October 22 the names of the latest players were given in the squad. With time his impact will be big. 16 caps have been won by him. The opportunity against England has been given to him for line break. He states that he is going to be a threat for the other players and he is confident of beating them. The fullback competition seems to be fierce as the players in England are outstanding at the current. He does not assume things and constantly keeps prove his mettle. He is inspired by Mike Brown who is performing exceedingly well for his team. Ben Foden is sure to get him back. He wants to keep evolving with the team.
He can become influential with the team. He thinks that his stance of being in the team is rather different. More chances are due for him. He cannot pass and kick. According to Goode the situation of passing the ball was inspirational. He ran forwards. It was the support of Rhys Gill who pinned his ears and then he moved ahead. Charlie Hodgson was equally inspiring in the win of Saracens. Goode gives salute to the big men. The fullback rows were equally hardworking according to the Saracens.
Newcastle Falcons have used the Kingston Park multi-purpose stadium as their home ground since 1990 when they shifted from their original ground. Over the years it had been used as the site for Newcastle Chronicle and Journal Sports ground. The stadium was built in stages to ensure a capacity of more than ten thousand. The west stand is built keeping in mind the modern technologies and architecture. There are plans of extending the north and west stands in due course of time in order to build a world class stadium for the rugby giants. However the latest news which has created a lot of buzz among the rugby circuit is the installation of an artificial turf for the home team by the company that was responsible for the first of this artificial kind of pitch in Saracens’ Allianz Park.
The Newcastle City council was responsible for approving the plan of the Northumbria University for implementing the plan of the artificial turf. This will end the drudge of heavy and muddy pitches on the ground which created a lot of injuries and problems for the players especially if it rained. The new and improved 3G surface is sure to prove beneficial for the home team as well as the visitors. Dean Richards expressed his club’s excitement of having a world class pitch for rugby. The new pitch at Allianz Park had proved to be a huge success for the Saracens. It ensures that the game is played irrespective of the weather conditions. The Aviva Premiership rugby director Phil Winstanley has welcomed the innovations being introduced by clubs like the Saracens and the Falcons. The fans are hoping to get full worth of their money when they go to cheer their favorite teams at these two venues which add a completely new dimension to the competition.
The Ireland Women’s Rugby team has impressed one and all with their impressive performances in the World Cup. They went down 40-7 to an impressive English side but their stubborn attitude has caught the attention of several experts of the game. England was beaten by New Zealand in each of the finals that were played in the last three years featuring the two teams. But the Irish woman managed to cause the greatest upset this time around by beating the Black Ferns and booking their semi final berth. The champions had to face a shocking exit owing to their defeat in the game. Ireland has beaten England only once in their previous encounters but the team was carrying a lot of self belief and momentum into the semi final clash. However they could not avenge the 17-10 defeat which saw England as the winners at Twickenham.
Philip Doyle’s Ireland Rugby team knew throughout that it would be a test of their character. His team was required to play out of its skins in order to ensure a suitable result. However they failed to capitalize on the early lead of 17-0 and went down fighting with their opponents. Niam Brigghs was back at her usual full back position and Fiona Coghlan was restored as the captain. There are a number of emotional stories along with the particular statistics that show how much the Ireland Rugby team has improved since the yester years. Cooke RFC and Ulster’s Grace Devitt may recall the time when she had to bribe in order to get into the team for the first time. Doyle himself and Tony Smeeth were parachuted in as overseers for the team ahead of the 1998 World Cup. They were defeated by the Kazakhs in the group stages that year which they had rightly avenged this year.
Kelly Brown, the Scotland international flanker has backed his Saracens FC team mate Chris Ashton to earn a recall to the England national team on the back of some stunning performances for the London club in recent months.
The young England man has been labeled as a failure in international rugby but he hit back in stunning fashion as he scored two tries to help Saracens to a 46-6 thrashing of Clermont Auvergne as the London side reached the Heineken Cup final.
Ashton played his last test for the England team in the 30-22 loss to New Zealand at home and since then, he has been left in the cold by head coach Stuart Lancaster. He didn’t make the squad for the Six Nations Championships this years as well.
But after spending almost two full seasons with the former Wigan Warriors player, Brown thinks Ashton is an asset that Lancaster cannot ignore for too long. Speaking of his team mate, Brown stated that the decision lies with the coaches but if it were up to him, he would be the first choice in the list.
Brown went on to add that when Ashton was first signed by Saracens FC, he thought it was a good move and Ashton was a good player who could get on the end of things. But it was after playing with him did he realize how much work he puts in off the ball.
The Scotsman admitted that the year has been a tough one for Ashton and he has taken a lot of criticism, some of which have been unfair, but that is the life of a rugby player. And now, with the kind of form Ashton and Saracens FC are showing, it is only a matter of time before he gets his place back.
Saracens rugby union have signed former Bath winger Joe Maddock. The 32-year-old New Zealander left the Rec in May 2010 and joined Magners League side Benetton Treviso.
“I am delighted to be returning to England, and to be joining the champions,” he told the club website.
“Anybody can see there is a real determination to build a happy, successful and special club, on and off the field.”
Mark McCall has said that Saracens rugby union are going places with their recent successes. “We have a brilliant squad of players and a brilliant guiding system above them,” McCall said after the thrilling 22-18 victory at Twickenham.
“We hope today is the start of something, not the end of something.
“We’re a club that’s growing and had we conceded a try in the last minute we would still have been going places.”
Sarries very nearly did lose to Tigers in agonising circumstances for a second consecutive season.
But an awesome rearguard display saw them weather a ferocious Tigers fightback, and repel a 32-phase injury-time assault on their line.
Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has said that he is quite confident of its plan to renovate Copthall Stadium.
Sarries submitted their planning application to Barnet Council on Friday amid concerns from some residents over traffic and noise pollution.
“I think the overall reaction is excitement,” Griffiths told BBC Three Counties Radio.
“What we’re proposing is something unique in English sport.”
The club, who will end their groundshare with Watford Football Club at the end of the season, will become the first top flight rugby side in England to play on an artificial surface should the plans be accepted.