The Aviva Premiership used to be dominated by the Saracens and that’s why many rugby fans were slightly surprised to see that the team had slipped from the first place. It is all history now, because following their victory over Sale by 40 points to 19, they are back on track and leading the domestic championship. They were more than a match for their opponents and overall they have dominated rugby teams in the Premiership, so they are entitled to be cheerful.
One week ago, they struggled on the road at the London Irish, but at the end of the day what truly matters is that they got away with a narrow margin victory. The team had to wait until the very last minute to score the winning points, but it was good enough to bring them back at the top. Steve Diamond is probably furious about how his players performed, but had they played the best rugby they’ve got, the Saracens would’ve probably emerge victorious.
They took the lead early on and pushed forward from the very first minute, leaving their opponents with no chance whatsoever to come back in the race. Alex Goode was simply unstoppable and by the time Sale realized what was happening, they were already down by 10 points. They closed the gap for a brief period of time, but Mark McCall’s players were clearly unimpressed as they scored another 13 points and they were once again in command and this time it was impossible for the opponents to close the gap.
They were leading by 23 points to 7 at half time and didn’t shift into a less aggressive gear, as they were fully aware of the fact that their opponents were paralyzed. The Saracens also accomplished the task of getting a bonus points try and it is Richard Barrington who can brag about his performance. When the final whistle was blown, everyone was happy that the match has ended, even though for different reasons.