Jul 30, 2017
Saracens taste defeat in Singha 7s Plate Final
Saracens tasted disappointment in the Plate Final in Day 2 of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. We take a look at how Sarries fared at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday evening.
Chiefs avenge Friday night defeat – Exeter Chiefs 26 Saracens 14
This game was a case of what might have been for Saracens, as the Men in Black’s profligate play in the first half duly punished by Exeter Chiefs who ran-in four tries to two to progress to the semi-finals.
Sarries, who defeated the Chiefs on Friday evening, had their chances to repeatedly stamp their authority on the game in the opening minutes of the contest but despite some dominate build-up play too many chances went begging, with Tom Whiteley and Al Gliksten both going close to scoring but to no avail.
The Chiefs were in a ruthless mood, and punished Sarries wastefulness with tries from Tom Hendrickson, Sam Morely (two) and Tom O’Flaherty the scorers for the Chiefs.
Skipper Tom Whiteley and replacement Josh Christie were the try scorers for Saracens.
Saracens Team vs Exeter Chiefs: 2 Scott Spurling, 3 Tom Griffiths, 4 Will Wilson, 5 Matt Gallagher, 7 Alex Gliksten, 8 Tom Whiteley (c), 10 Rotimi Segun.
Subs: 1 Andy Christie, 6 Rueben-Bird Tulloch, 9 Mike MacDonald; 11 Jermaine Olasan, 12 Josh Christie
Tries: Whiteley, J. Christie
Conversions: Whiteley x2
Sarries power past Sale in Plate Semi-Final – Sale Sharks 14 Saracens 31
Two of Saracens most influential players during the Premiership Singha 7s tournament underlined their bourgeoning reputations as Tom Whiteley and Tom Griffiths starred in Sarries five try win over the Sharks, both crossing for a brace of tries in the Plate semi-final.
Griffiths produced another powerful performance scoring his fourth and fifth tries of the tournament. The 21-year old centre alongside fellow academy graduate Tom Whiteley dominated the game from the get go. In Whiteley, Saracens have a Sevens specialist who controlled the tempo and pace of the 14-minute game throughout. It was from a Whiteley tap penalty from his own try line that Sarries scored their first try of the game – Rueben Bird-Tulloch finishing off the move to score.
Whiteley was next on the scoresheet, collecting a loose ball after Griffiths dislodged the ball in a crunching hit on a Sharks attacker, he raced away to score in the corner. Sale hit back with a fine try of their own from Aaron Reed before Griffiths crossed for two quick-fire tries.
Sale hit-back with a two-try salvo but it was Whiteley who would have the last say on proceedings, squeezing under a Sale attacker to score the game’s final try.
Tries: Bird-Tulloch, Whiteley (x2), Griffiths (x2)
Conversions: Whiteley 3/5
Saracens Team vs Sale Sharks: 3 Tom Griffiths, 4 Will Wilson, 5 Matt Gallagher, 7 Alex Gliksten, 8 Tom Whiteley (c), 10 Rotimi Segun, 12 Josh Christie
Subs: 1 Andy Christie, 2 Scott Spurling, 6 Rueben-Bird Tulloch, 9 Mike MacDonald; 11 Jermaine Olasan,
Slow Start haunts Saracens in Plate Final – Gloucester 22 Saracens 12
Harry Randall and two Mason Tonks tries put the Cherry and Whites in control with a 17-0 lead at the break, and their advantage was extended by Ben Vellacott’s score early in the second-half.
Rotimi Segun pulled one score back for Saracens with Tom Whiteley following him over in the right corner shortly afterwards to make the score 22-12 with three minutes left. But the Cherry and Whites were able to hold on to lift the Plate trophy at Franklin’s Gardens.
The ever impressive Whiteley finished the tournament with a personal 40-point haul but it was to be Gloucester’s day in the end.
Saracens Team vs Gloucester: 3 Tom Griffiths, 4 Will Wilson, 5 Matt Gallagher, 6 Rueben-Bird Tulloch, 8 Tom Whiteley (c), 10 Rotimi Segun, 12 Josh Christie
Subs: 1 Andy Christie, 2 Scott Spurling, 7 Alex Gliksten, 9 Mike MacDonald; 11 Jermaine Olasan,
Tries: Segun, Whiteley
Saracens Singha 7s squad
1 Andy Christie
2 Scott Spurling
4 Will Wilson
5 Matt Gallagher
6 Rueben-Bird Tulloch
7 Alex Gliksten
8 Tom Whiteley (c)
9 Mike MacDonald
10 Rotimi Segun
11 Jermaine Olasan
12 Josh Christie