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OSPREYS ALMOST GET THE FISH
I have always liked Ospreys. They are fabulous birds of prey who were extinct in the UK until the latter part of the 20th century when gradually they began to return and now they breed successfully in Scotland, England and in Wales where there are at least 4 pairs. They are majestic black and white birds. They are supremely fit and athletic, able to endure a long and difficult migration twice a year. They are loyal to their mates and will defend their nest against anything. Our opponents tonight are well named.
WHY REACH FOR THE MOON WHEN WE HAVE THE STARS?
Wow! How to improve on that? After Sunday’s 8-try annihilation of Saints, Saracens welcome Ospreys to Allianz Park on Saturday Night. There has been a fair amount of grumbling about the late kick-off time from Saracens’ supporters (and I presume Osprey’s fans who have by far the worse end of the deal) but I rather enjoy an evening game under lights!
SAINTS PERSECUTED...(WHILE SARRIES PILLAGE THE GARDENS)
Driving up to Northampton, in brilliant October sunshine, I pondered what we had seen so far this season, in Europe and at home. It seemed to me that domestically the form is so variable that there is little to be gained from looking at any one side or any one result. Everyone, except Worcester it seems, can win, and anyone can lose.
Sun Sea.....and Saints
We all love European trips. Five star hotel, cocktails on a glorious sandy beach, swim up bars, local entertainment, fine Continental cuisine, a crystal clear blue sea shimmering beautifully on a sensational hot Sunny day, a 60 mile trip up the M1 to the Midlands....Ok it may not that exoctic, but the current defending European Champions, Saracens, start their tour and defense of the Champions Cup at their Saintly friends at Franklins Gardens on Sunday 15th October at 5.30pm.
..........to get nothing. It is never a good idea to turn up at Allianz Park twenty minutes after the game has started. It is never a good idea to think that your depleted team can win at Allianz Park by trucking up the middle for 60 minutes, and it is never a good idea to mishandle clearance kicks. Wasps were guilty of all three today, and if Sarries had not been in generous mood Wasps would have gone to Coventry with nobody talking to anyone. In the event, some characteristic generosity by Sarries at the end gave Wasps the consolation of two late tries, to add to an earlier one, and the avoidance of a pants-down thrashing.
RETURN OF THE MAKO
On Sunday Allianz Park will welcome the black and gold swarm of Wasps for the teams’ first meeting of the season. Last season it was honours even with both teams winning at home and Saracens and Wasps losing out narrowly to their opposition in semi-final and finals respectively. This season has seen changed fortunes for Wasps with a host of injuries leaving them without key players and fighting it out in a very competitive mid-table whilst Saracens sit in the top four.
BONUS POINT OR BANANA SKIN?
Sadly this week’s volunteer reporter had to cancel at the last minute due to a Family problem and we wish him well. In the meantime a last minute stand-in was required – moi! So I’m afraid this is written mainly from the Radio Hereford and Worcester commentary (which I listened to in the bath – hence no notes) plus Twitter updates. So please excuse the lack of detail!
SARACENS GO TO SIXWAYS
This Friday 29th September 2017, an inform Saracens team travel to Sixways on what could be a wet evening, to face a wounded Worcester Warriors side. Both teams have had an indifferent start to the campaign, Saracens are three wins from four games placing them in 2nd place currently, while Worcester are zero from four placing them in the relegation spot for now
DIAMONDS OR PASTE
At last, a home game for Allianz Park. I’d managed to miss the LDH, having been allocated the worst seats in the entire seating plan at HQ, so this was where my season really began. And what a start! An easy drive to Hasmonean Girls, the excellent parking team all in place, the numerous Pioneers everywhere, welcoming, friendly and ever-helpful, and the stadium looking to be in good condition. I was less keen on the shop. I went to buy a new fleece of some sort and a new cap, but the queues for the tills made that an experience to be foregone – the old Don Barrell sponsors’ fleece must make do for its eleventh season, and the cap signed by the professor of scrummaging will have to continue to alternate with the one signed by HRHRH himself. Both caps should have been retired as long ago as the two great players themselves, but shopping in queues is a pet dislike.
EARLY SEASON SALE
Week 4 of the new season and finally we get a proper home game back at Allianz. The team have done a few miles over the past few weeks – Twickenham-Bath-Philadelphia and now back home on Barnet’s green turf-substitute.