Mar 31, 2015
Saracens vs Quins - Match Review
Saracens’ recent supremacy over London rivals Harlequins continued on Saturday, when Mark McCall’s side brushed aside the Quins in a thumping 42-14 victory at Wembley Stadium.
The north Londoners ran in five tries in front of record crowd of 84,068 at the National Stadium in a fine attacking display of free flowing rugby.
We take a look at some key performers of the day.
The Back Three
Chris Ashton grabbed the headlines with two stunning tries that underlined his credentials as one the country’s finest finishers. Ashton carried seven times making a total 74.4 metres in an industrious 71 minutes.
Ashton’s wing partner David Strettle was equally as impressive. Strettle made 96 metres in ten carries on the day, beating seven Harlequins defenders in an elusive display from the former Quins flyer. The 31-year old's 14th minute break in the lead up to Ugo Moyne’s sin-binning was a particular highlight of the day.
At full-back Alex Goode was key to his side’s control of the game. Goode made eight kicks in play, and was safe as houses under the high ball. A composed and assured performance once again from the England man.
“I never seen a player who has so much time on the ball,” that was Will Fraser’s assessment of Marcelo Bosch on BT Sport. The Argentine centre was superb, with Saracens director rugby Mark McCall labelling the former Biarritz midfielder’s Wembley display as “magnificent”.
Bosch was key to two of Saracens most eye catching tries of the day. In Chris Wyles’ opening score it was Bosch who scythed his way through the Quins midfield from a loose kick from the visitors. In the second half, his slight of hand in a well-worked back’s move manufactured his centre partner Chris Wyles’ break in the lead up to Chris Ashton’s second try of the day.
Bosch beat five defenders on Saturday, making an average of 6.4 metres in his ten carries. He was rock solid in defence, not missing a tackle all game.
Replicating the awe-inspiring performances of a fine 2013/14 season for the Namibian loose forward would be a daunting task for most mortals, but Jacques Burger looks to be back in the groove judging by Saturday’s display against Harlequins.
In a performance of typical grit and grind Burger was the top tackler of day, making 16 ground shuddering hits, with his abrasive style of tackling on the gain-line a particular feature of the day.
The boy George is going places
With Schalk Brits nearing a comeback from a knee ligament injury, Jamie George’s leadership and performances so far this season in the South African’s absence have been nothing short of superb. Jamie was at it again for Saracens on Saturday, with the England Saxons hooker a pillar of strength at the set-piece, with not a single one of George’s eleven throws at the lineout missing his man.
In the loose he made five carries and made eight tackles in a typically industrious display.