Aug 19, 2014
Global Network roundup
A number of the Saracens Global Network sides were in action over the weekend. Here, Henry Fraser provides a roundup of all the action.
Abu Dahbi Saracens - Currently in preseason.
Impala Saracens - Impala Saracens had a week off this week after two weeks of back-to-back 7s tournaments. They travelled to Brookhouse School to have their mid-season camp working on technical of their game on the first day of the game, with the second day focused on the more physical side of the game.
Kuala Lumpur Saracens - Currently in preseason.
Lelo Saracens - Currently in preseason.
Moscow Saracens - Moscow Saracens consolidated their third place in Russia's league, after beating Metalurg at home 20 - 10.
They now have nine points after four matches in the play-offs, twenty points behind leaders Yenisey STM Krasnoyarsk and 15 points behind Krasny Yar with two games in hand.
Moscow Saracens play Yenisey STM at home on Sunday.
São Paulo Saracens - São Paulo Saracens faced a tough game at the weekend, flying five thousand kilometres to the Brazilian region of Natal to face the Armstrong Dragons. São Paulo Saracens welcomed back a lot of players from injury for this match and with the retuning players subsequently dominated up front but could not convert pressure into points. It was the home team that triumphed and moved above São Paulo Saracens in the Super 10 table.
Final score: Dragons 29 - 10 São Paulo Saracens.
Next weekend São Paulo Saracens face second placed, Coritiba Rugby.
Seattle Saracens - After a busy week for the US side, Seattle Saracens faced a tough group in the World Club 7's at Twickenham. An excellent opening win, 33-14, against Super Rugby Champions, NSW Waratahs provided a dream start for Seattle. However they lost their next two games against Kuban Krasnodar (17-5) and Auckland (19-12) which meant they finished third in the group and advanced to compete in the Shield competition.
On day two they beat Gloucester Rugby (22-12) in the knock out stages and moved on to face Harlequins in the shield final. Seattle Saracens proved too strong for the ‘Quins as they finished with a convincing 28-14 win to take silverware back to the Emerald City for the second successive weekend.
Timisoara Saracens – In one of the biggest fixtures of their season, Timisoara Saracens faced regular season winners Baia Mare in the penultimate playoff round of the Super Liga. Timisoara Saracens went into the half time break leading 10-8 but the Baia Mare showed why they finished top after scoring thirteen unanswered points early in the second half. Timisoara Saracens were reduced to 14-men when flanker Vasile Rus received his marching orders in the second half.
Final score: Baia Mare 21 - 17 Timisoara Saracens.
Toa Saracens - Currently in preseason.