Last weekend’s first semi-final came down to a matter of a single try, writes Bloggers’ Bench member Luke Pickles.
Northampton fell to Saracens at Franklins Gardens in a highly contested game between two of the very best in English rugby. I caught up with Saracen’s winger David Strettle post-match for a bit of a chat…
We, of course, had to discuss the game. David was knackered but he gave full credit to his forwards. “They fronted up. You’re not going to beat Northampton unless your packs on form and they really were today, and Owen’s (Farrell) kicking was brilliant.” He also thought that Saracens brought the energy the team is known for, something that some of the eagle-eyed viewers would have seen lacking in recent weeks.
Next week’s game against Bath will be a cracker, with two form sides clashing at Twickenham, but David empathises with Northampton. The two final defeats Saracens suffered last season were “very touch to accept. But that’s sport for you. Northampton will be feeling that now. They’ve had an amazing season and for it to end like that, it’s a tough pill to swallow.”