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Feb 04, 2016

Saracens Global Network Round Up


2016 has started with a bang for our Global Network Clubs with a string of impressive performances and results. Here we round up some of the January highlights for each Club.

Abu Dhabi Saracens

January saw the Abu Dhabi Saracens start their defence of their West Asia Championship crown but a tight 12-13 loss to Bahrain in the opening round and a 31-22 defeat at the hands of an impressive Doha side meant Abu Dhabi were up against it. The UAE side eventually got up and running though with a resounding 53-17 victory over Al Ain Amblers thanks to some impressive performances from lock Mohammed Hassan, scrum half Rikkus Swart and Vito Tuivione and will now look to build upon this when they face the mighty Dubai Exiles in their next fixture on the 12th February.

Impala Saracens

After a series of strong performances and impressive score lines in January Impala Saracens currently sit at the top of the Kenya Cup standings. A record 19 tries were scored in a 121-10 crushing of Kenya Sharks, followed up with a 55-10 victory over Mean Machine RFC. After a slow start to the game another win came against Nakuru RFC before Impala faced local rivals Kenya Harlequins. This was to be a thriller of a fixture with both sides fired up and fighting for the win. Agonisingly for Impala the game would finish 25-23 to Quins.

Timisoara Saracens

Timisoara Saracens moved forward into the next stage of the European Challenge Cup qualifying competition with a win over German champions Heidelberg. It was a tight game with only the one try for Timisoara who came away with a 10-3 win. They will face either Calvisano or Krasny Yar over two legs for a place in the Challenge Cup pool stages next season.

VVA Saracens Moscow Region

Moscow Saracens had a successful January with a number of players being called up by the Russian 7s and 15s sides. Four players were named for the 7s training camp ahead of the World 7s Series event in Wellington, New Zealand and another 7 VVA stars were selected for the 15s squad ahead of the upcoming European Nations Cup, sometimes referred to as the Six Nations B Tournament.

Sao Paulo Saracens

Sao Paulo Saracens are currently in training ahead of the new season which starts in March.

Toa Saracens

Toa Saracens enjoyed a successful run in early January in one of Tonga’s post prestigious rugby tournaments which is run by Lavengamalie RFC. This year the Toa Saracens finished fourth after bowing out 25 – 15 against Tupou College Old Boys RFC.

Seattle Saracens

As part of their preseason calendar Seattle Saracens faced the Glendale Raptors in the inaugural Legends Cup featuring a women’s game and two men’s games between the two sides. Glendale were victorious in the women’s game while the men’s games resulted in one draw and a win for Seattle in the matchup between the first teams.

Lelo Tblisi Saracens

Tblisi Saracens recorded a 29-13 victory in their most recent round of the Georgian Premiership although they were frustrated not to record the bonus point win. Their next fixture will take place on the 13th February.

Kuala Lumpur Saracens

KL Saracens recently began their first ever Malaysian Super League campaign after being promoted to the top division at the end of last season. In their first two fixtures KL have been unlucky not to come away with more, recording two close losses against Keris Conlay and Mersing Eagles. The team’s performances have proved though that KL Saracens belong in the top tier of Malaysian Rugby and the side are confident that the win will come.

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Saracens Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

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