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Re: Saracens v Harlequins Match Thread
« Reply #60 on: Saturday 12-Oct-2019, 17:54* »
Not watched but final score not too bad away to a much stronger team unconstrained by salary cap considerations


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Re: Saracens v Harlequins Match Thread
« Reply #61 on: Saturday 12-Oct-2019, 18:50* »
Wouldn’t say that the Sarries team was much stronger
Would say on paper we had the better side


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Re: Saracens v Harlequins Match Thread
« Reply #62 on: Sunday 13-Oct-2019, 20:32* »
We certainly didn't deserve to win the game and from 5 minutes in I never thought we would, but we actually could have won it.

Landajo had a bit of a rough start, a couple of poor box kicks (one of which led to Segun's try) and a few early fumbles. He then settled down and set up Brown's try with a quick tap penalty and also made a try saving tackle. Baldwin was the most notable of the front rowers, he had a few good collisions with Ibuanokpe who displayed far more aggression than we ever saw from him. We lost one line-out, but it was on the Saracens 5m line! We seemed to keep the line-outs fairly simple and whilst not perfect they are much improved from what we saw against Bristol and London Irish.

The big difference was in the second row. Skelton and Isiekwe are two big units, they are hard to stop and are strong in defence. Lamb went off for a HIA just before half time and didn't return, unfortunately we didn't have the muscle to match. Robshaw and Lawday were solid and Evans appeared to become more frustrated as the game went on. Towards the end he won a fantastic turnover which was followed by his second handling error in quick succession.

Smith continues to look very good. His defence has improved, and no charge downs this week! Sarries also had the upper hand in the centres, Barritt continues to smash it up and Tomkins showed a few nice touches. Saili attempted a few offloads when it simply wasn't on and looked far more effective when he took the ball into contact and we recycled quickly.

Brown was excellent under the high ball in pretty poor conditions. I would have liked to have seen Ismaiel looking for the ball and popping up in midfield. He is big man but didn't get his hands on the ball enough. Ibitoye scored again (I'm not sure it would have been given with a TMO) and then had a few words with a couple of fans who were giving him a bit of chat earlier in the game. This was then followed up by him dropping the restart much to their amusement.

We had plenty of possession but just not in the right areas. Sarries' defence was very hard to break through and they scored a couple of excellent tries. For one of them they went the length of the field, easily the best I have seen this season.

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Re: Saracens v Harlequins Match Thread
« Reply #63 on: Monday 14-Oct-2019, 12:53* »
Thanks BW pleased to hear about lineout but locks worry me.


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Re: Saracens v Harlequins Match Thread
« Reply #64 on: Monday 14-Oct-2019, 12:59* »
The line out - who ever is at fault - has been a weakness for so long.  How can this not be the No 1 training priority?
agree - it is a fiasco that this has been allowed to carry on for years



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