May 06, 2019
Emotional day for Bosch and Burger
Not only was Saturday’s match against Exeter Chiefs an opportunity for supporters to see some of the next generation of Saracens players in action, it was a chance to pay respect to two absolute legends of the game.
Schalk Burger and Marcelo Bosch have both contributed immensely to Sarries in their three and six years in north London respectively and received deserved ovations for their efforts.
A true rugby legend, Springbok World Cup winner and 2003 World Player of the Year Burger led the team out with his two sons, closely followed by the silky, graceful, true gent that is Bosch who seemed to be welling up at the thought of his last match at Allianz Park.
The Argentinian marked the occasion with two successful kicks at goal to help the Men in Black to a 38-7 victory over Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter.
Burger was replaced by Academy flanker Sean Reffell while Bosch left the field for Dom Morris – the young centre crossing the whitewash twice.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for myself,” Bosch said.
“My first feelings about the game are that I’m really pleased we got the result but most of all with the performance. I’m very pleased with how we prepared during the week.
“I think the lads that weren’t playing, because they are preparing for next week, were really good with us, they prepared us very well during the week and we showed we were very, very hungry to perform and it was a great game to be a part of.”
Burger added: “It was a great team effort from everyone and on an individual note it was lovely to run out with my kids.
“It was great for the old guys like me and Chelo but also the youngsters getting opportunities; Sean Reffell getting his first (Premiership) cap and there’s another couple of them who played their first games.
“I don’t think it gets much better than playing against a top of the league team at home and putting in a performance like that.”
Sharing their thoughts on the game together post-match, it was evident to see the bond that has been created between Bosch and Burger.
The duo may be moving on to pastures new at the end of the season but they have an amazing friendship to take with them into later life.
“It’s been a pleasure to play alongside this man (Schalla),” Bosch said.
“I remember watching him on TV when I was a little man playing amateur level and suddenly I am playing with him! Not only that but being a friend of his and I think he’ll be a lifetime friend so it’s privilege for me.”
“Obviously Marcelo was quite emotional before; it was lovely to see the Latin passion coming out!” Burger joked.
“I’ve got to know Chelo really well over the last few years so it was great to play a game with him. This year we’ve missed each other, either he’s played or I’ve played so it was nice to play with him again and also see his family.”