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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.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dlSMji-rsY4/XnFKlamHl9I/AAAAAAAAMDU/xjrtGEQVLDQK9002014Ysu3oIdF1qnN4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Sarries%2BPre%2B2009.PNG


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

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v0J1dEViPGc/XnFKlOk5aWI/AAAAAAAAMDQ/n1v1j7phqw0I-EISB-Ttw-FIbqyDK0rCACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Sarries%2BPost%2B2009.PNG


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).

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KKVoyoO8NzE/XnFKlmOY0rI/AAAAAAAAMDY/3ML1HD_BK8oYcLkNyE1B5trVwd4_4qhEACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Sarries%2Boverall.PNG


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.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fiQ6EnwQL-M/XnFMo0NiLHI/AAAAAAAAMDo/V6GoR7juOgwtPwoISyR3jbQCpq3etzWuwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Sarries%2Boverall%2Bconstrained.PNG

Was 2009 when Brendan Venter joined?

BathSalmon

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