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02/11/2014 - Venue: Allianz Park

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Saracens will play Harlequins in the LV= Cup at Allianz Park on Sunday 2nd November, kick off 13h00. Ticket Information and Match Day Prices: Tickets can be purchased using the interactive map below, by clicking on the best available tab, or by calling our ticket office on 0844 847 1876. Please note, this game is an LV= Cup pool fixture and is included as part of the Season Ticket package.

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18/10/2014 - Allianz Park

Saracens ran in four tries to beat ASM Clermont Auvergne 30-23 in a European classic at Allianz Park

Inspired by the superb Charlie Hodgson, Saracens edged an absorbing contest to go top of Pool 1 of the European Champions Cup after round 1.

The first half was a breathless affair. The quality of both sides was plain to see, with ASM Clermont Auvergne’s possession and phase play impressing the 9,902 crowd inside Allianz Park, and the counter attacking play of Saracens giving a vociferous Saracens fan base a lot to shout about.

Saracens were first to strike when Chris Ashton finished off a free-flowing move, to score left of the posts. From third phase ball, Brad Barritt supplied Billy Vunipola with a well disguised flat pass – Vunipola though spun and expertly fed Alex Goode. The Saracens full-back then drew the cover defence to pop the ball to left winger David Strettle. The 31-year-old scorched down the left hand wing and seeing the onrushing Clermont defenders passed inside to Ashton, only for the Clermont Auvergne centre Wesley Fofana to pat the ball down – Ashton though, gracefully picked up the bouncing ball to score.

Clermont are a champion team, and produced a typical champion response when former All Black winger Zac Guildford wriggled over to level up the scores, before the cultured boot of Camille Lopez slotted over a difficult conversion to give the visitors a 5-7 lead.

Clermont extended their lead when after Noa Nakaitaci (who was a constant threat during the opening stages) burst through the Saracens line, Sarries conceded a penalty at the breakdown. Lopez, sent over the kick to give Le Vulcans a five point lead after twenty minutes.

ASM really should have extended their lead when French maestro Wesley Fofana fluffed the easiest of chances for a player of his calibre, when he had the line at his mercy.  Saracens made Clermont pay almost immediately when two pieces of individual brilliance from scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth and winger David Strettle levelled up the scores.

After conceding a penalty in a very kickable position for the excellent Charlie Hodgson to certainly slot over, Richard Wigglesworth quick tapped and raced away past a plethora of French defenders. Whilst scorching away Wigglesworth had the presence of mind to float the most inviting passes in front of the hot-heeled Strettle. Then it was Strettle’s time to shine – scorching away in front of the gasping East Stand supporters, he somehow finished in the left hand corner despite the efforts of the covering Nick Abendanon. Hodgson slotted the kick from the touchline.

Saracens were playing counter-attacking rugby, and diced with death on a few occasions only for the much famed ‘Wolfpack’ defensive menatality to come to the fore, with a 36th minute turnover from Will Fraser a perfect example of the dogged attitude, as the sides went into the break with not even a cigarette paper able to separate them.

The second-half continued in the same vein. Clermont wowed with the offloads and strike running, whilst Saracens under the expert guidance of half-backs Richard Wigglesworth (latterly Neil de Kock) and Charlie Hodgson steering them around the pitch.

It was Hodgson who would edge his side in front, with a routine penalty after the 44th minute, only for the 33-year-old’s opposite number Lopez to knock over a drop goal a minute later to level up the game.

Then, Clermont crossed for their second of the afternoon, with Zac Guildford out-jumping Alex Goode to reach a high Ludovic Radoslavjevic box-kick to race away to score. Lopez converted, Clermont led 30-23.

Saracens were undeterred but stout Auvergne defending meant only a moment of genius could unlock their White and Yellow defensive rear-guard. Up step David Strettle, who judging by this effort, could side-step you in a phone-box.

Strettle received the ball one-on-one with giant loose-forward Fritz Lee. The Warrington-born ace danced around the former Chiefs battering ram still with it all to do. With the covering Clermont defence at good odds to bundle him into to touch, Strettle expertly jumped into the corner, placing the ball down inches from the touchline. Hodgson stepped up and slotted a difficult conversion.

The match was a slug-fest, (think Ali – Fraizer in Manila). As one heavyweight landed a blow, the other would respond, with Lopez jabbing over a penalty kick to edge the French side in front. Then Hodgson clipped a penalty over as the tension rose in this green enclave of north London.

Minutes later, Hodgson launched a towing ‘Garry Owen’ that had Zac Guildford backtracking. The Kiwi spilled the ball only to find chief-poacher Chris Ashton breathing down his neck. Ashton hacked on, re-gathered and scored. Hodgson added the extras to give Saracens a seven point lead.

Then it was the nail-biting period.

Clermont, assuming parity at the set-piece in the eyes of Referee John Lacey continued to prod-and-probe for a match drawing score. Then with seconds left Mr Lacey called for a scrum, with an Auvergen put-in just a few blades of the 4G grassaway  from the Saracens try line.

The French side grunted, snarled and pushed, only for Jamie George (back on for Schalk Brits, who was carried off with a serious knee injury) Rhys Gill & James Johnston along with the collective will of the other Sarries five fowards, to earn a penalty.

Saracens cleared into touch as the final whistle was drowned out by Sarries cheers.

 

Match Summary

Attendance


9,902


Scorers


Saracens 

Tries – Ashton (4 & 63 min); Strettle (28 & 49).

Cons – Hodgson

Penalties – Hodgson x2

ASM Clermont Auvergne

Tries – Guildford (10 & 46);

Cons – Lopez 2

Penalties – Lopez 2

Drop Goal – Lopez


Team Lineup


Saracens:

Alex Goode; Chris Ashton; Chris Wyles(rep Bosch 48 mins); Brad Barritt; David Strettle; Charlie Hodgson( Farrell 76); Richard Wigglesworth(De Kock 49 );Richard Barrington( Gill 49); Jamie George( Britz 49-76); Petrus du Plessis ( Johnston 72);George Kruis; Alistair Hargreaves (c); Kelly Brown; Will Fraser(Wray 61); Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Rhys Gill, James Johnston, Jim Hamilton, Jackson Wray, Neil de Kock, Owen Farrell, Marcelo Bosch.

ASM Clermont Auvergne:

Nick Abendanon; Noa Nakaitaci, Aurélien Rougerie ( Stanley 72); Wesley Fofana, Zac Guildford; Camille Lopez, Ludovic Radoslavjevic ; Thomas Domingo ( Chaume 70); Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili ( Ric 28 to 37 & 41); Jamie Cudmore ( Jacquet 45 to 51);Sébastien Vahaamahina, Fritz Lee ( Bardy 70); Julien Bonnaire, Damien Chouly (c)

Replacements: John Ulugia, Raphael Chaume, Clément Ric, Loic Jacquet, Julien Bardy, Thierry Lacrampe, Brock James, Benson Stanley.


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Date / K.O. Time Home Score Away W/D/L Venue League
Fri 15th Aug 2014 - 19:30 Saracens 40 - 5 London Scottish W Allianz Park Friendly
Thu 21st Aug 2014 - 18:15 Saracens 39 - 5 Ospreys W HAC Friendly

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Fri 29th Aug 2014 - 19:45 Bedford Blues 3 - 47 Saracens W Goldington Road Friendly

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Sat 6th Sep 2014 - 14:00 Saracens 34 - 28 London Wasps W Twickenham Aviva Premiership

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Fri 12th Sep 2014 - 19:45 Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens W The Stoop Aviva Premiership

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Sat 20th Sep 2014 - 15:00 London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens W Madejski Stadium Aviva Premiership

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Sat 27th Sep 2014 - 15:00 Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks W Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Fri 3rd Oct 2014 - 19:45 Bath Rugby 21 - 11 Saracens L Recreation Ground Aviva Premiership

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Sat 11th Oct 2014 - 15:00 Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester Rugby W Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 18th Oct 2014 - 15.15 Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont Auvergne W Allianz Park ECC

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Fri 24th Oct 2014 - 19h45 Munster - Saracens Thomand Park ECC
Sun 2nd Nov 2014 - 13:00 Saracens - Harlequins Allianz Park LV=Cup

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Fri 7th Nov 2014 - 19:35 Ospreys - Saracens The Gnoll LV=Cup
Sun 9th Nov 2014 - 13:00 Saracens - DHL Western Province Allianz Park Friendly

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Sun 16th Nov 2014 - 13:00 Leicester Tigers - Saracens Welford Road Stadium Aviva Premiership

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Sun 23rd Nov 2014 - 13:00 Saracens - Northampton Saints Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 29th Nov 2014 - 16:30 Exeter Chiefs - Saracens Sandy Park Stadium Aviva Premiership

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Sat 6th Dec 2014 - 13:00 Sale Sharks - Saracens AJ Bell Stadium ECC
Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 17:15 Saracens - Sale Sharks Allianz Park ECC

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Sat 20th Dec 2014 - 15:00 Saracens - London Welsh Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 27th Dec 2014 - 15:00 Newcastle Falcons - Saracens Kingston Park Aviva Premiership
Sat 3rd Jan 2015 - 14:00 Saracens - London Irish Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Fri 9th Jan 2015 - 19:45 Gloucester Rugby - Saracens Kingsholm Stadium Aviva Premiership
Sat 17th Jan 2015 - TBC Saracens - Munster Allianz Park ECC

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Sat 24th Jan 2015 - TBC Clermont Auvergne - Saracens Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin ECC
Fri 30th Jan 2015 - TBC London Welsh - Saracens Kassam Stadium LV=Cup
Sat 31st Jan 2015 - 15:15 Saracens - Blue Bulls Allianz Park Friendly

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Sat 7th Feb 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Exeter Chiefs Allianz Park LV=Cup

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Sun 15th Feb 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Bath Rugby Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 21st Feb 2015 - 14:00 Sale Sharks - Saracens Salford City Stadium Aviva Premiership
Sat 28th Feb 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Newcastle Falcons Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sun 8th Mar 2015 - 14:00 London Wasps - Saracens Adams Park Aviva Premiership
Sat 28th Mar 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Harlequins Wembley Stadium Aviva Premiership

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Sat 11th Apr 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Leicester Tigers Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 25th Apr 2015 - 15:00 Northampton Saints - Saracens Stadium MK Aviva Premiership
Sat 9th May 2015 - 15:00 Saracens - Exeter Chiefs Allianz Park Aviva Premiership

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Sat 16th May 2015 - TBC London Welsh - Saracens Kassam Stadium Aviva Premiership

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