Aug 09, 2013
Saracens bow out of the JP Morgan 7s
Saracens bowed out of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership 7s tonight, with Joe Shaw’s side performing manfully only to be cruelly knocked out of the tournament in the final seconds in the final group game against Gloucester.
The evening began well for Saracens with them recording a 19 – 15 win over the Newcastle Falcons.
Tries from Jack Wilson, Sam Stanley and Luke Baldwin was enough to see of a stubborn Newcastle side that tested Joe Shaw’s team for the full 14 minutes.
The opening exchanges were cagey at best with Saracens going close when Michael Tagicakibau fed Sam Stanley to score only for the try to be chalked off for a foot in touch by Tagicakibau.
Saracens fell behind after Newcastle’s Chris Harris scored the game’s opening try, but immediately replied through captain Jack Wilson. The ever dangerous Ben Ransom danced around the Falcons defence to feed Wilson, who finished well in the left hand corner - Stanley added the extras from a difficult angle.
With the experience of former England 7s stalwart Kevin Barrett helping the makeshift side settle into the game, Saracens continued to press for more tries and they were rewarded when the impressive Sam Stanley sliced through the Newcastle rear guard to score under the posts.
In the second half Baldwin dummied over close to the line to extend the lead to 19-5, but it was the men from the North-East who would have the final say on proceedings with two late scores, but it was the men from NW4 who would hold on for the victory.
In the second and what ultimately proved to be Saracens final game, the Men in Black were left bitterly disappointed as they were beaten the dying seconds of a pulsating game.
The game began at furious pace which rarely abated with the Cherry and Whites scoring the game’s first try as Gloucester captain Martyn Thomas raced away to score.
Saracens hit back in stunning fashion with Ben Ransom showcasing his explosive pace leaving the Gloucester defence in his wake as he raced away to score just before the break.
The cherry and whites hit back immediately after the break, as they moved the ball wide to Reynolds who scored to make the score 10-7 for men from Kingsholm.
With the game becoming more and more tense it was Saracens who scored the next try -patient build-up from Tagicakibau, Crumpton, Manumua and Baldwin gave Stanley the chance release the effervescent Ransom, who danced in to score the easiest of his two tries.
With the clock ticking down and Saracens on the cusp of progressing into the final, Gloucester turned the ball over and after a few phases the giant Akapusi Qera fed Andrew Bulumakau who raced away to score and break Saracens hearts and ultimately any thoughts of 2013 JP Morgan glory.