Match reaction: Saracens 41-8 Newcastle Falcons

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Sunday 26 January 2014 – 3.00pm

Allianz Park, London

LV= Cup Pools 1 and 4 #3

The commentary didn’t work again today for a while. The sound started after maybe 15 minutes, when Saracens were already 9-0 up.

In this glorified reserve match, it sounded like the Falcons, with a lot of young players in the starting line-up including four debutants, put up a decent fight in the first half and we scored the only try in the first half. Discipline was poor early on, Sean Tomes getting binned, but improved and we kept the Fez Boyz to 15-8 at the break.

Perhaps predictably, however, Saracens pulled away after half-time. Although they were also playing very much a reserve team after the main side beat the Sharks in a friendly yesterday, there were more familiar names in their line-up, and the superior quality seems to have told in the end.

Conceding four tries (with the bonus point score coming in the dying seconds), as opposed to more, is nothing to celebrate, but it suggests that our defence didn’t do too badly overall. If so, then that’s a positive I suppose, and plenty of players will hopefully benefit from their run-out today.

So that ends our LV= Cup hopes for this season, with another dead rubber coming on Friday at home to the Dragons. The crowd for that one will be interesting.

I can’t see people like Simon Hammersley and Dan Temm playing in the Premiership, so today was maybe part of the long-term plan. Surely we’ll see a few more of the big guns on Friday. Certainly it would be nice to see a decent win at home, since by then we’ll have had one home win in almost three months.

Then it’s the league again, and probably another couple of big beatings before the end of the season. I could say that hopefully we’ll have used the cup games to work something together for the Premiership, but I’ve said that many times this season and we’re consistently let down. Friday is a chance to show that we can do more than just rely on Worcester continuing to lose to keep us in the top division. There’s no pressure at all now, lets just let loose and go.

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