Jan 12, 2015
Saracens Storm: Road to the final
Saracens Storm face the Worcester Cavaliers in tonight's A-League final at Sixways Stadium.
The Storm secured a place in the Premiership A-League final with a seven try win over Newcastle Falcons in last week's epic semi-final. Here, we take a look at Storm’s season so far in which they have won seven games from seven.
Saracens Storm 50 Exeter Braves 24, Allianz Park - 08/09/2014
The Storm started their campaign in a seven try 50-24 win against the Exeter Braves at Allianz Park. Wing Mike Ellery crossed for two tries, with centre Nick Tompkins and Jacques Burger also crossing twice in an entertaining game.
Flanker Matt Hankin was Saracens’ other try scorer with Ben Spencer adding 13 points from the kicking tee.
London Irish A 10 Saracens Storm 31, Hazelwood 22/09/2014
The Storm went on the road for a trip to London Irish’s Hazlewood complex. Facing a strong Exiles A side littered with talent, the Storm side battled back from 7-5 to win 10-31 in a five try display. Ben Ransom was in red-hot form, as the fleet footed full-back scored two superb tries in the contest. Wing-forward Matt Hankin was again in fine fettle, bagging a brace of tries, whilst young flyer George Perkins also crossed for deserved try at the death.
Speaking after the game, Storm coach Joe Shaw couldn’t hide his pride after the win; “For me that was as good a Storm victory we have had in two years,” said Shaw, "to go down there and to have performed the way we did, and show that kind of energy, physicality and intensity for a full eighty minutes really was unbelievable to see.”
Bath United 22 Saracens Storm 27, The Rec - 29/09/2014
After a convincing second half display against the Exiles a week earlier, the Storm travelled to the West Country to face Bath United at The Rec.
On wonderful autumn evening at the picturesque home of the Blue, Black & Whites it was kiwi flyer Jack Wilson who would snatch a late and famous win for Shaw’s young side. The former New Zealand 7s star raced onto Nils Mordt’s cross field kick to pluck victory from the jaws of a respectable draw, in a 22-27 win.
Harlequins A 3 Saracens Storm 27, The Stoop - 06/10/2014
A week later, the Storm travelled across London to face capital rivals Harlequins A at The Stoop. With no love lost between the sides, at any level, both teams were fired up for this London Derby.
Conditions were not conducive for running rugby, and in an error strewn first half the Storm dug deep and in a dominant second half display, laid the Quins A to the sword. Tries from England U20 duo Maro Itoje and Nick Tompkins, plus a Penalty Try saw the Saracens Storm maintain their 100% start to the season.
Saracens Storm 43 Wasps A 17, Allianz Park - 15/12/2014
In a return to the competition in early December, Joe Shaw’s side ran in six tries in a convincing 43-17 win against Wasps A at Allianz Park. Under the floodlights at a frosty Allianz Park the Storm brushed aside Wasps A in an entertaining evening of free flowing rugby.
Captain Maro Itoje led front the front once again, scoring two tries either side of half-time. Itoje was supported by Cumbrian flyer Mike Ellery, who also bagged a brace of tries, whilst winger George Perkins and replacement half-back Tom Whiteley also scored for the hosts.
Saracens Storm 27 London Welsh 0, Allianz Park – 21/12/2014
Saracens Storm booked a home A-League semi-final with a 27-0 victory against London Welsh at Allianz Park.
Tries from Nils Mordt, Jared Saunders, Nick Tompkins, Matt Hankin and Catalin Fercu rounded off a fine night’s work for the Storm to book their place in the last four.
Saracens Storm 46 Newcastle Falcons A 35, Allianz Park, 05/01/2015
Joe Shaw’s side booked their place in the Aviva A-League final in a game packed full of tries, big hits, yellow cards, scuffles plus some superb free-flowing rugby as Storm ran in seven tries to win 46-35.