Aug 21, 2015
Saracens youngsters in Singha 7s action
Saracens finished third in tonight's Group C leg of the Premiership Singha 7s at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Coached by Don Barrell, the young Sarries outfit were led superbly by young scrumhalf Tom Whiteley, with Strength & Conditioning Coach and former England 7s star Kevin Barrett also impressing on the night.
Saracens opened their Singha 7s Group C account against Northampton Saints after hosts Wasps and Harlequins opened the evening with a real ding-dong affair in the opening fixture of the evening.
Led by academy scrum-half Tom Whiteley who was captaining the side in Nils Mordt’s enforced absence, Saracens were buoyed by the return of speedster Nathan Earle into the fold.
In a frenetic first half skipper Tom Whiteley ignited the contest with a superb solo try. The former Millfield man selling numerous dummies before squeezing over in the corner to score and give Sarries a 5-0 lead.
Moments later Sarries doubled their lead after England U18 centre Dominic Morris tracked a powerful Matt Hankin break and was on hand to collect the Sarries flanker’s pass to score – Whitely converted to give Sarries a 12-0 lead.
That was it in game one for Don Barrell’s young charges, as Saints scored 31 unanswered points with Scotland U20s youngster Rory Hutchinson claiming a brace of tries as they ran away with the game in the second half.
FT: Saracens 12 Northampton Saints 31
After the defeat to Saints, Sarries backed up immediately against Harlequins and it was Tom Whiteley who once again opened the scoring for the Men in Black, with the Sarries scrumhalf converting is own try.
As Sarries young halfback dazzled, it was an ex-Saracens playmaker who would next with Strength and Conditioning Coach and ex-England 7s star Kevin Barrett rolling back the years to cross for an opportunist score from a quick-tap penalty. Moments later, the wily former Exeter Chiefs No9 then produced a stunning try saving tackle to keep Sarries 14-0 lead intact.
Before the break, Nathan Earle crossed the whitewash to give Sarries 19-0 lead at the interval.
After the half-time oranges and gulps of some much needed and welcomed Oxygen, it was Harlequins who flew out of the traps. Two quick-fire scores gave the Quins’ a fighting chance before academy coach and ex-Sarries youngster Jimmy Tirrell (who came through the ranks alongside Alex Goode, Adam Powell and Andy Saull) finished a stunning-solo try. Quins crossed for one more score in vain as Sarries set-up a clash against a full-strength Wasps side in the final game of the evening.
FT: Saracens 24 Harlequins 17
In the final game of the evening Saracens faced a Wasps side littered with senior players, with wing Christian Wade spearheading the Coventry sides attack. It was the free-scoring wing who inflicted the damage with two tries in the game as they booked their place in the Singha 7s final with a 33-10 win.
Saracens rallied well with a superb team effort. Matt Gallagher and Dominic Morris both crossed for well-deserved tries as Don Barrell’s side bowed out of the season’s Premiership 7s.
1. LEO FIELDING
2. MATT HANKIN
3. MAX WILKINS
4. LIAM PERKINS
5. BEN EARL
6. MATT GALLAGHER
7. JAMES TIRRELL
8. NATHAN EARLE
9. TOM WHITELEY ©
10. DOM MORRIS
11. KEVIN BARRETT
12. CHARLIE DOCKERY