Saracens - There's History Between Us - stadium:mk

Apr 23, 2015

There's History Between Us - stadium:mk


Saracens face Northampton Saints at Milton Keynes stadium:mk on Saturday. The home to Football League side MK Dons, the stadium has played host to two Saracens matches in the past.

We take a look at the two time the Men in Black have played there.

Legend Hill bids farewell

Saracens 25 Bristol Rugby 20 - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, 10 May 2008

[caption id="attachment_40743" align="alignnone" width="560"]Saracens v Bristol - Guinness Premiership Stadium MK was the stage Richard Hill played his last ever game[/caption]

The first time Saracens played at stadium:mk was in May 2008. The Men in Black defeated Bristol in an entertaining 25-20 win, but it was the final curtain call of a rugby legend that made the headlines.

It was the final game Richard Anthony Hill MBE. Dubbed ‘Mr Saracens’ for over 15 years, the legendary England and British Lions back rower finally called time on a wonderful career that saw him lift a World Cup. A one club man throughout his career, Hill made 275 appearances for the north Londoners.

Bristol had looked set to spoil the World Cup-winning flanker's farewell in Milton Keynes - Stadium MK was staging its first game of rugby as Saracens' Vicarage Road home was needed by Watford Football Club - thanks to some inventive back play and two tries from 19-year-old centre Luke Eves, which had given them a 20-18 lead with only two minutes to play.

Yet a try with the final move of the game from wing Kameli Ratuvou stole the match for Saracens and ended Hill's 15-year career with the club on a fitting note. Both teams and the 8,000-strong crowd stayed in place for presentations to the man who won 71 caps for England and went on three Lions tours. An emotional Hill thanked his team-mates, the club's officials and medical staff with typical modesty before embarking on a farewell lap of honour.

Myler’s miss sinks Saints

Saracens 17 Northampton Saints 16 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, 30 December 2012

[caption id="attachment_39526" align="alignnone" width="560"]Saracens Saints 2013 Saracens wing Chris Ashton sportingly consoles former teammate, Stephen Myler[/caption]

Sarries started strongly and were 11-0 up after 15 minutes through a try from hooker John Smit and two penalties from Charlie Hodgson.

Saints replied with a converted Phil Dowson try and a Stephen Myler penalty and they took the lead after the break with two more penalties from Myler.

Owen Farrell came off the bench to put Sarries ahead and they held on to win. However the result could have been reversed had Stephen Myler not missed a last-minute penalty from long range. The Northampton fly-half saw an effort from just inside his own half bounce off the crossbar.

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