RACING TO 6?
Quite remarkably, a win at Le Defense arena would give Sarries a remarkable record of six in a row against Les Ciel et Bleu. These include two of my most treasured awaydays. Obviously Lyon in 2016 is etched in all our memories. Less so maybe, December 2010 in the rather less salubrious, snowbound Stade Yves du Manoir. I couldn’t tell you much about the game other than Brad scored in front of me. I can inform you the cameraman deserted his post under a barrage of snowballs, and the number of offers to spice up ones coffee was truly staggering! In many ways that hard fought win in hostile environs, I often look back and think of as one of the key steps in our development as a true European force.
New Boss for Quins
We have a new man at the helm in the shape of former Wolverhampton Wanderers Chief Exec Laurie Dalrymple..
Bumpy Road ahead
After losing what looked like a comfortable lead against Bristol, having previously beaten a hard working Quins at home, falling narrowly away at the Rec and managing to come from behind away at a determined Worcester side some may say all is not well with the Chiefs....
PREVIEW: BATH v ULSTER
Bath will need to reprise the defiance of their win over Saints against Ulster at the Rec on Saturday. Resistance has been the defining characteristic of Ulster since 1690, epitomised by the apprentice boys watchword “No Surrender” at the siege of Derry and evident in the politics of the Province to this day. It would be fitting therefore for Bath to trump it with a performance for “Fortress Rec” to be proud of. So, in this season’s opening European tie, who will triumph?
Kim Williams to leave West Wales Raiders - club statement.
The following is the official club statement - reproduced here for information for followers and fans. 'The West Wales Raiders are sad to announce the departure of Kim Williams as director of Rugby. Williams took up a 3 year post from the start of the 2019 season. During his year with the club Williams has been fundamental in helping change the culture of the sport in the region and helped establish the identity of the club. Kim has also helped the club gain their first win in the professional ranks.
It's tough at the top.
The standard of rugby in the English Championship (2nd tier) has improved in recent years. This has coincided with the downward spiral of Leeds Carnegie both on and off the pitch.
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
I should confess that despite having a ticket and being in the West Country on Saturday I didn’t go to the game. I was really quite annoyed, upset, discouraged during the week with the news. The puerile antics of the Gloucester management made me feel not unsafe, but probably likely to get into an argument or worse. Not trusting myself I didn’t go, but watched on TV accompanied by the odd whatsapp messages from the ground. I’m glad I didn’t go, the eventual result would have got me making some sort of vocal statement I probably would have regretted later on. It was pouring down twenty miles north but no wind so I was surprised that it seemed blustery on the TV. Still it was very wet and I was glad to be inside with beers in the fridge.
Beware The Wounded Animal
This was definitely the wrong time to play a defiant Sarries. Desperate to start reeling in their huge 35 points penalty they came up against a Gloucester side which has been blowing hot and cold and this week we were decidely chilly.
We gave Dean Richards plenty to think about but in the end we came up short as Falcons were somewhat fortunate to win 11-6.
Look. No Mud!
ONE OF THE things that always, always mark out a sopping wet weekend at the Butts is the sight of forty-odd souls traipsing off the pitch after a mud-fest.