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Re: Rivalries
Posted by: BathSalmon
Date: 17/03/2020 22:19
So here's an interesting thing...

* caveat: any Saracens fan readers - this is not picking on you for the recent financials

I've noticed a real step change in Saracen's results around 2009. The season following the 66-12 loss at The Rec, discussed above.

Saracens results up to 2009, notice the purple lines are mostly in the centre for most teams they play - indicating they've had even battles up to that point. Or to the left of centre - indicating they have lost more on aggregate.

Now, the results after 2009 - only Northampton Saints show any sort of resistance to the Saracens juggernaut!

So what happened in 2009? I know 'correlation doesn't always equal causation', but it would appear the record loss in 2008 at The Rec, sparked action at Saracens for that never to happen again.

Note: the Yellow is our 66-12 win in 2008, Saracens 2nd biggest loss in the league, until recently, when Wasps won 60-10 after Saracens had been confirmed relegated (highlighted Red).

Even if you were to say well they were dominating recently because of unfair financial play - if I were to remove the last few years, then they are still shown to make that step change in performance.

Was 2009 when Brendan Venter joined?


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