Feb 25, 2015
There’s History Between Us - Newcastle Falcons
This week Saracens face Newcastle Falcons in round 16 of the Aviva Premiership.
The two sides have been battling each other in the English top flight since it's inception in 1996, having faced each other 36 times.
Saracens have won their last eleven fixtures with the Falcons in all tournaments since the Tynesiders were triumphant 13-9 at Kingston Park in Premiership Rugby just over six years ago, whilst the Falcons only win on Saracens soil since 2011 came at Vicarage Road in December 2007.
Here, we look at some classic encounters over the years.
Last Gasp Lynagh wins it for Sarries
17 April 1998: Saracens 12 – Newcastle 10. – Vicarage Road
In one of the biggest games of the 1997/98 season Saracens narrowly beat a star studded Newcastle team 12-10 after a last gasp Michael Lynagh drop goal.
During a bruising game Saracens lost a host of influential players such as Kyryan Bracken, Francois Pienaar and Richard Wallace, but undeterred they held on for a famous win.
Many Saracens supporters thought their title challenge had all but ended when Pat Lam scored for Newcastle, but it was the classy Australian outside half Lynagh who would snatch the victory for the Men in Black.
Newcastle would pip Saracens to the title that season by one solitary point.
Farrell snr makes long awaited debut
17 September 2006: Saracens 44 – Newcastle 20 – Vicarage Road
Andy Farrell made his Premiership debut from the bench, as Saracens destroyed Newcastle to earn what was their first win of the season and a bonus point.
Glen Jackson kicked the hosts into a 9-3 lead before Jamie Noon's try briefly nudged the Falcons ahead.
But tries from Matt Cairns and Kevin Yates regained the lead for Sarries, with a James Grindal score keeping the Falcons in touch.
Ben Russell and Kevin Sorrell scored further tries before Farrell came on, with the former Wigan RL man helping set up Irish international hooker Shane Byrne for the Saracen's fifth try.
Alan Gaffney’s Saracens finished fourth that season, one point behind third placed Bristol and eight points behind top two duo Gloucester and Leicester Tigers. The Falcons finishes ninth, eleven points clear of Northampton Saints, who were relegated.
Legend Borthwick makes Saracens home bow
21 September 2008: Saracens 44 – Newcastle 14 – Vicarage Road
Steve Borthwick made his first appearance in Saracens colours at Vicarage Road, as Saracens ran in five tries against a Newcastle side that included Jonny Wilkinson.
Glen Jackson's accurate boot gave Saracens a 15-0 lead at half-time and the home side ran riot after the break.
Kameli Ratuvou, Kevin Sorrell, Hugh Vyvyan, Rodd Penney and Gordon Ross all scored as they took advantage of the Falcons having two men in the sin-bin.
Newcastle finally got on the scoreboard with two tries in the last five minutes but the match was over as a contest.
Although the score line on this occasion may have intimated that Saracens were much stronger than their north east counterparts, by the end of the season only three points separated the two sides, with Saracens finishing a disappointing ninth, three points ahead of Newcastle in 10th.