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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #1 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 17:10* »
If I was a player I would refuse to play on these plastic pitches. I am surprised there are not more such burn type injuries and other such injuries. Rugby is not meant to be played on plastic. Saracens seem to do anything to get unfair advantage and this could also be seen as yet another example. Now the Mail has questioned the salary cap perhaps they should move onto other Saracens activities. I am not saying anything is wrong or illegal but it just needs verifying. If Saracns again threaten the PRL then the PRL should hold its nerve. If not then before long the whole England team plus half of South Africa will be playing for Saracens.
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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #2 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 17:45* »
Dont really see how you can have a pop at Sarries for playing on a plastic pitch.   

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #3 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 18:15* »
It's not just Allianz Park that has them now. Falcons have a similar pitch, as do Worcester. In the Pro14, Glasgow and Cardiff also have 4G pitches.

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #4 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 18:48* »
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Rugby is not meant to be played on plastic.

Why's that - because rugby was invented first?

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #5 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 21:44* »
Sarries were obliged by their Council to use a plastic pitch. It's a Council owned running track that has to be available to the public in the form of local schools and stuff during the week. A plastic pitch was the only option, Saracens didn't choose it to make life difficult for other teams (in this case!)

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #6 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 22:27* »
Wouldn’t Saracens players also receive these injuries or are they wearing extra protection that we can’t see. Mind you they are mostly saffas who revel on hard pitches and are mainly just hard anyway. As my ex Saracen player friend said, “you shouldn’t be playing rugby if your worried about a bit of scuffing from a plastic pitch”. He prefers them.

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #7 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 22:37* »
Well indeed - but as previously discussed he probably should be worried about the higher percentage of serious lower limb injuries detailed in the latest RFU report.

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #8 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 23:22* »
Wouldn’t Saracens players also receive these injuries or are they wearing extra protection that we can’t see. Mind you they are mostly saffas who revel on hard pitches and are mainly just hard anyway. As my ex Saracen player friend said, “you shouldn’t be playing rugby if your worried about a bit of scuffing from a plastic pitch”. He prefers them.

According to Wikipedia, the current squad is 44 players. 3 are listed as Saffer. Even if you throw in Barritt, 9% is hardly “mostly”


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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #9 on: Monday 04-Mar-2019, 23:59* »
I played on it last August in cloudy but dry weather and loved it. Very strange but satisfying feel to it, has a firm but sponge like bounce on foot and to my memory not one of our match day 23 suffered any burn related injury (we had one South African in our squad also 😂 ).

My guess is though maybe that’s different in wet or slippery weather conditions, as normally on grass you’d take some of the mud and grass with you on collision with the turf but with plastic grass and no mud obviously there’s not much to give so instead your skin must give and hence burn? I’m guessing.

Really enjoyed it. I would pick it over our teams amateur pitch and the other amateur pitches any day but having played at The Stoop and Twickenham I prefer the professional grass pitch over the 4G plastic pitch.

I bet they save a good bit of cash not having to get the groundman out on the mower tending the grasses!
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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 05-Mar-2019, 08:25* »
According to Wikipedia, the current squad is 44 players. 3 are listed as Saffer. Even if you throw in Barritt, 9% is hardly “mostly”

There were many more a couple of years ago but my tongue was pushed firmly into my cheek( which you can’t see)

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 05-Mar-2019, 23:47* »
According to Wikipedia, the current squad is 44 players. 3 are listed as Saffer. Even if you throw in Barritt, 9% is hardly “mostly”

It IS interesting how Sarries have moved away from that since the Saffer money men disappeared in a huff...

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Re: Northampton Saints players hit out at 4G pitches
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 06-Mar-2019, 01:38* »
6 at Glousafferster plus one coach
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