Nov 10, 2014
Global Network Review
Lelo Saracens earned an important victory, whilst Impala Saracens suffered defeat on the opening day of the season. Catch up with all the latest Saracens news from around the globe below:
Abu Dhabi Saracens
Abu Dhabi Saracens have been spending the week in training for the upcoming sevens tournaments. Development Pathway Programme Administrator James Tirrell has been adding his expertise to the squads training prior to Decembers sevens tournaments.
The A team travelled to Dubai to take on their nearest rivals, the Dubai Exiles. Abu Dhabi Saracens started the game strongly with an early try, but then conceded three tries in quick succession. The first half ended with only two points separating the teams, but after the break Abu Dhabi Saracens’ defence cost them dearly as a series of missed tackles led to tries for the opposition. Abu Dhabi Saracens fought back admirably, but it was all too late. Final score Dubai Exiles 41 Abu Dhabi Saracens 27.
Impala Saracens, Nairobi
Impala Saracens suffered defeat in their opening game of the 2014/15 Kenyan Cup season. In an entertaining game at Mwambu, Impala Sarries came up just short losing 40-29. They will be looking to move on from this opening loss on Friday night, when they host Homeboyz at Ngong Road.
KL Saracens, Kuala Lumpur
The first leg of the Junior Autumn Series took place at Kuala Lumpur Saracens over the weekend. The 10s tournament is designed to promote junior rugby in the Malaysian capital. KL Saracens took on KL Tigers in the opening match but lost 12-25, they then drew 0-0 with MCRC and lost their last game 24-31 to Cobrats. The match against Cobrats had a moment of controversy however. KL Saracens conceded a try after they were down to 9 players. The rules of the competition do not allow yellow cards, and any player guilty of foul player must be substituted, however the referee hadn’t read the rule book and wrongly sin binned a KL Saracens player. Round two of the tournament will begin next weekend.
Lelo Saracens, Tbilisi
Lelo Saracens enjoyed a tough league match over the weekend when they to took on RC Locomotive Tbilisi. It was a very close match and Lelo Saracens showed why they are the two time defending champions. They managed to shut out their opponents and close out a game that had a lot riding on the outcome. Lelo Saracens held their nerve and saw off their stubborn opponents 13 – 9, and have now opened up a four point gap between themselves and RC Locomotive, as well as closing the gap on 2nd place Kharebi Rustavi to four points.
Moscow Saracens are currently preparing for the Dubai Sevens.
Seattle Saracens had a break from the league this week, but they had six players involved for the USA Eagles, as they triumphed 27-17 against Romania in Bucharest winning the Pershing Cup. Speedy winger scored his first international try for the Eagles, Lou Stanfill earnt his 50th cap; Matt Trouville and John Cullen made their first appearances for the men in red and white; and Olive Kilifi and Shalom Suniula completed the Seattle Saracens representation. To have six players on the pitch against Romania highlights the talent in abundance that Seattle Saracens currently has at its disposal.
Sao Paulo Saracens
Sao Paulo Saracens are readying themselves for the start of the sevens season.
The Timisoara Saracens players have had a rest week, whilst their coaches have been in the UK visiting the Saracens training ground. Every club that is part of the Saracens Global Network is invited to spend time with the Saracens coaches and attend training sessions in order to expand their knowledge of the game.
Timisoara Saracens will resume training today, as they gear up for the Romanian Cup Final against league champions Baia Mare on November 30.
Two Toa Saracens players are currently looking forward to playing international rugby for the Tonga ‘A’ team. However, there are still questions being asked of the Tongan Rugby Union as to why only one player playing from the domestic league in Tonga has been selected for the national team.