Northampton Saints 23 Saracens 9
On a day when the weather swung between hail, high winds and bright sunshine, Saints overcame their losing streak against Saracens. (Of course, it is an undisputed fact that we have never lost a final against Saracens!).
A young team, this Saints side made of Jim and Dusty’s picks – coached by Hoppers and now Chris Boyd’s coaches, has been setting the Premiership alight with their brand of confidence, running rugby and ability to go from Plan A through to Plan Z without pause. (It used to be called playing what’s in front of you!.)
Saracens fielded a very young side and their capability will give the North London club confidence that their supply line of good young EQP’s will continue undiminished.
The propensity for giving away penalties continues apace, and this side will need to address this issue as a matter of urgency. It is no good running and outscoring the opposition if they can stay in touch via a high penalty count. That nearly cost Saints dearly yesterday, but at last, they did not supplement this ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by taking heir foot of the opposition’s throats when in front.
And the 16th player – was superb. Properly designed flags (thanks Saints!) made the South Stand look like the South of France! And we outsung, outshouted the visiting supporters, the banter being good, friendly and of a high standard from both sets of supporters. Well done all.
Keep it up lads – the big one is Friday night at the roundabout!
Did you know?
This is the youngest squad to win this cup?