Aug 17, 2015
Saracens stars in international action
Over an action packed weekend eight Saracens players were in international action across the globe.
In London, a Saracens quintet of Owen Farrell, Alex Goode, George Kruis, Mako Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth all starred for England in their 19-14 win over France at Twickenham Stadium, with Sarries teammates Brad Barritt, Jamie George and Billy Vunipola watching from the stands.
In the 100th meeting between the two nations, Alex Goode excelled at full-back in his sides five point win. The 26-year old lit up the contest with a sumptuous cross-field kick to assist Jonny May’s second half score.
Paired at halfback, Richard Wigglesworth and Owen Farrell both produced assured performances behind a pack that contained Saracens teammates Mako Vunipola and George Kruis. Wigglesworth marshalled his team well and continued his fine form with the boot with an impressive tactical kicking display. Wigglesworth’s halfback partner Owen Farrell carried on from where he left off in the Aviva Premiership Final with fine display at fly-half.
Up front, Mako Vunipola worked tirelessly in the loose during his 62 minutes on the field, and was a constant thorn in Philippe Saint-Andre’s French side with his ball carrying prowess. At lock, George Kruis produced a typically industrious display in his 80 minutes, underlining his credentials as one of England’s most talented second row forwards.
In Velez Sarfield, popular hooker Schalk Brits came off the bench for South Africa as the Springbok’s avenged their shock defeat to Los Pumas a week earlier with a 26-12 win on Saturday.
The fleet-footed front rower came off the bench at half-time to great effect, making a series of exciting ball carries and breaks to ignite the contest.
Elsewhere, lock forward Jim Hamilton was part of a Scotland team who were edged by Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in a pulsating contest. The Irish ran out 28-22 winners, with Hamilton playing just under an hour of the game.
On Friday night, LV=Cup winning full-back Catalin Fercu (photo AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU) helped Romania to a 10-10 draw against English Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie in Leeds on Friday night.
The rain-sodden conditions in Headingley and lack of preparation time meant Romania struggled to get any fluency into their attacking game although full-back Fercu managed a couple of trademark runs from deep.