After being drawn against Toulouse in Pool 3 of the 2013/14 Heineken Cup, Saracens Coach Kevin Sorrell revisited one Saracens finest Heineken Cup victories.
On the 7th October 2000 Saracens visited Toulouse’s Stade Municipal, to take on the French giants; Kevin Sorrell lined up at inside center that day in a team consisting of Paul Wallace, Danny Grewcock, Kryan Bracken, Dan Luger and Thomas Castaignede.
Saracens silenced the home faithful with tries from winger Darragh O’Mahony and lock forward Scott Murray, whist former Toulouse favourite Casaignede haunted his former employers adding 22 points with the boot to clinch a famous 32-22 victory in the South of France.
“What I can remember from the game was Darragh O’Mahony scored a try that was not really a try truth be told” said Sorrell who partnered Ben Johnston in the Sarries midfield for the game.
“Toulouse were much feared in Europe at that period of time; they had some fantastic players such as Christian Califano, Yannick Bru, Michel Marfaing and Isitolo Maka in their ranks, and at the time no club had beaten them at home since the Heineken Cup’s inception” recalled Sorrell.
“What I remember of the game was we conceded a couple of soft tries early on, and we were kind of staring at it (defeat) but we then we just worked ourselves back into the game and it ended up being an unbelievable win for us, especially if you take into account their home record leading up to the game”.
“It was a great moment for us a team, after that we really kicked on and it is certainly one of my most memorable and enjoyable games in a Saracens shirt” he added.
“I’m massively looking forward to returning to Toulouse to face them again, albeit I’ll be in the stands this time. There is always a great atmosphere generated in the South of France for rugby so we’re all looking forward to this season’s trip to face one of the toughest teams in Europe”.
Saracens starting XV; 15 Thomas Castaignede, 14 Darragh O’Mahony, 13 Ben Johnston, 12 Kevin Sorrell, 11 Dan Luger, 10 Duncan MacRae, 9 Kyran Bracken (capt), 1 David Flatman, 2 Robbie Russell, 3 Paul Wallace, 4 Scott Murray, 5 Danny Grewcock, 6 Kris Chesney, 7 Richard Hill, 8 Tony Diprose