It’s been a few days since Saracens played Worcester, I’ve been feeling rather disheartened since then, with the ongoing feeding frenzy from some media outlets after an interview by returning Chief Executive Edward Griffiths was twisted to suit whatever their agendas may be. One ‘journalist’ Laura Lambert, now seems to be going by her maiden name of Laura Scott, and is writing for the BBC. Notably their headline changed somewhat across the day she reported her take on Griffith’s words.

Today I listened to a Sky Sports podcast with Will Greenwood & Rupert Cox in discussion with Edward Griffiths https://play.acast.com/s/skysportsrugbyworldcup/https%3A%2F%2Fapi.spreaker.com%2Fepisode%2F21485124 If you only listen to one podcast on the salary cap debacle please do listen to this one, it’s balanced and unbiased and has given me hope as a fan of this club. If only he’d been around when all this kicked off!

And now to the rugby, Saracens fielded a strong team, with a mix of experienced senior and up and coming young players. The combination proved to be one that produced 10 tries for the home team. So many I’m going to give the try scorers a bullet list!

  • Ben Earl 5 minutes
  • Rotimi Segun 10 minutes
  • Brad Barritt 20 minutes
  • Mako Vunipola 28 minutes
  • Rotimi Segun 41 minutes
  • Richard Barrington 44 minutes
  • Maro Itoje 47 minutes
  • Duncan Taylor 58 minutes
  • Jackson Wray 67 minutes
  • Elliot Daly 80 minutes

In reply Worcester scored a truly wonderful try, with winger Ed Fidow storming down the wing to touch down on 55 minutes.

There was some superb play from Saracens, but this wasn’t a good game, with a final result of Saracens 62 Worcester 5 it was far too one sided. But, from the perspective of this Saracens fan it was great to see the young players excel. I think Ben Earl has been my man of the match in every game I’ve seen him play this season for one.

Unfortunately this match won’t be remembered for the 10 Saracens tries, but for a shocking incident involving the Warriors replacement Lock Michael Fatailofa. He went into a challenge with his head in the wrong position, he fell to the ground and didn’t move. It was awful to see, his legs were in a really awkward position, it took a good 10 minutes for him to be taken from the field straight to an ambulance.

He’s since undergone surgery to alleviate the bruising and swelling on his spine, which had left him with reduced power and sensation in his arms and legs. We await further news, and I’m sure every single rugby fan is sending positive thoughts Michael’s way. It’s certainly put things into perspective, rugby players literally put their bodies on the line week after week. And while we may feel angst over results, over who is and isn’t breaking rules, this is just our hobby, not our lives.

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