Saracens Storm emulated the first team in the 2014/15 season by winning the A team league.  They’d started the defence of their title with a hard fought win against the Exeter Braves pipping them by 5 points.

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The A teams are generally made up of young players hoping to break into the Premiership team, with a few experienced heads added in.  In this case Jacques Burger featured for Saracens, I can only imagine the thoughts running through the minds of the young players facing him!  Dom Waldouck pitched up in the centres for London Irish.

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Nathan Earle was in the 11 shirt for Saracens, he’s a true talent and having had a chat with him during last season about his rather dramatic achilles injury it was great to see him back in the mix.

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It was a nasty evening – blowing a gale with plenty of rain mixed in, the ‘carpet’ that is the Saracens pitch caused no problems, the ball was no doubt slippery, but there wasn’t a centimetre of mud in sight.

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Baden Kerr had 3 early opportunities to put Saracens ahead as Irish were penalised, in spite of the conditions he made no mistake putting 9 points on the board.

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Another penalty saw a yellow card brandished, Stephen Gardner was sent to the naughty step for 10 minutes, doing his team no favours.

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We’d had the unusual sight of Hayden Thompson-Stringer in the number 1 shirt, that’s one very tall prop!  Not so unusual was the try he scored as Saracens rolled a maul across the Irish line.  Kerr who was on fire with his kicking, converted the try from the side line – very impressive!

We’d had a forwards try – next up was the aforementioned Nathan Earle, I’m not saying the forwards rolling maul style tries aren’t great – but, After taking a fairly spectacular pass from Tim Streather Earle completed a cracking team try.  Again the try was in the corner, this time Kerr wasn’t able to convert.   The Storm were ahead by 21 points with half time approaching.

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Irish must have felt rather battered by this time, by both the weather and more so by their opposition.  However they showed a strong spirit to score their own try through Adam Sinclair – the conversion was missed.

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Saracens Storm hadn’t finished their scoring spree, Baden Kerr added another 3 with a penalty,  before Tom Whitely on as replacement scrum half, looking very lively scored a great try.  Kerr was again successful with the boot.

The weather deteriorated and to be totally honest so did the rugby for a while as both teams made changes.  It was Storm who found their way however scoring another forwards style try through Ralph Adams-Hale.  The conversion was another difficult one and was missed.

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Conor Gilsenan finished an unhappy evening for London Irish A with a yellow card for a nasty clear out.  The score finished on Saracens Storm 36 London Irish A 5.

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The Storm march on in their attempt to retain their title, the future certainly looks bright in North London.

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(a side note one the photos – my camera is a tad rubbish at Allianz Park in nasty conditions)

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