Mar 19, 2015
Lynagh and Sella light up Twickenham
As Saracens stand on the brink of LV= Cup glory, we take a look back at another very successful day for the club…
17 years ago Saracens found themselves in the Tetley Bitter Cup final at Twickenham. A group of world-class players had combined with home-grown talent to propel Saracens into the cup final at the home of English rugby. A star studded side featuring the likes of Danny Grewcock, Roberto Grau, Michael Lynagh, Philippe Sella, Francois Pienaar, Tony Diprose and Richard Hill were ready to make history.
It was to be the last throw of the dice for legends of the game Phillipe Sella and Francois Pienaar, who were retiring after the final. It was a last chance to claim silverware before the curtains fell on their illustrious careers.
Going into the final Saracens knew the league was just beyond them, with Newcastle having all but etched their name on the Premiership trophy. Their cup final opposition were a formidable Wasps team, who had won the league the previous year.
But it was to be Saracens who would seize the occasion and the men in black dominated proceedings from the minute they stepped out onto the Twickenham turf.
Michael Lynagh’s swansong was to be a majestic one. The Australian world cup winner played his role of orchestra conductor to perfection and knocked over five conversions and a drop-goal.
Sella showed why even French fans had travelled to Twickenham to see the star in his last rugby outing, as he crossed over for Saracens’ first try of the match.
Playing like men possessed, Saracens ran in six more tries, with Kyran Bracken, Grewcock, Ravenscroft, Constable, Johnson and Richard Wallace all touching down to as they equalled Bath's record cup final points total. Saracens had defeated Wasps 48-18 and were crowned cup champions.
17 years on Saracens find themselves in the domestic cup final again. Courageous performances have seen this young crop defeat every side that has stood before them. A side of bright young stars have the chance to create their own history on Sunday and with the likes of Maro Itoje, Matt Hankin and Ben Spencer all below the age of 23, the future of Saracens looks very bright indeed.