In preparation for Saracens’ blockbuster game against Toulouse at Wembley on October 18th, we will be looking back at some of the clubs finest games at Wembley through the years.
In the first part of three series, where we look back at Saracens most famous Wembley fixtures, Alastair Hargreaves has spoken about his experience of playing at the New Wembley in front of 46,281 people, when he was a member of a South African touring side that was narrowly beaten 24-23 by Saracens, in one the Men of Blacks’ most memorable victories.
“It was good before the game – but it was horrible losing” revealed Hargreaves.
“Obviously when you’re playing in your national colours losing a game is never something that will be remembered with great fondness – but it’s nice to be sitting on the other side of the fence nowadays”.
On the night tries from Brad Barritt, Ernst Joubert and the kicking of fly-half Derrick Hougaard meant Saracens edged a tight contest, and Hargreaves who started at lock forward for the Springboks on the night is looking forward to facing Toulouse after Saracens Henieken Cup campaign.
“At Saracens we enjoy playing at different places, we played at a few different venues last season and Wembley is one of the best stadiums in the world”.
“For me I’m really excited by the challenge of taking on European’s finest in what is a special competition” added the 27 year-old.
Saracens trio Neil De Kock, Mouritz Botha and Michael Tagicakibau all started against South Africa on that famous November night in 2009, and the current Saracens stars spoke about their experiences of the tightly contested game;