February 2nd 2003
was a pretty bad tempered match, not helped by the fact that referee
Ashley Rowden failed to take control. Glos had a real up hill struggle
here. Sarries were obviously smarting from the drubbing they took at
Kingsholm the previous week and with Rowden being firmly on their side
Glos had to dig deep. But dig deep they did and came up with a fine
win and another first - first league win at Watford. In fact I think
it's the first Glos win of any kind at Watford!
was talk on Teletext of Shelford (Saracen's coach) citing Robert Todd
for a high tackle on Bracken. I think citing is only open to the independent
citing commissioner these days, but I would suggest Sarries look to
the antics of some of their own players first. Horan's performance was
deplorable. He seemed to be constantly trying to wind up the Glos players
rather than play rugby. At one point he punched Marcel after play had
stopped, then directed rude hand signals towards the rest of our lads.
Yep you may scoff but in soccer he would be fined for bringing the game
Sarries played with great determination for the first 15 minutes of
the match and indeed played some
good rugby. Richard Hill quickly gave them the lead with a good try
from a scrum. The Sarries pressure at this point was too much for Glos.
The try was converted and an exchange of penalties took the score to
Sarries 13 - Glos 3. After this point Sarries proceeded to sit on that
lead. They rarely ventured into the Glos 22 and in fact didn't make
the Glos 22 at all in the second half. Their tactic being just to wind
Glos up and rely on Rowden to award them penalties, some of which looked
continued to battle well and the fact that they were 10 points down
away from home didn't rattle them. Ludo had a superb day with the boot.
His kicking to touch was excellent and he landed all his conversions
and penalties. Gomars was very sharp, easily one of the best games he's
played (and he's pretty outstanding in most matches). The scrum was
rock solid and Hazell scrapped for everything going. Forrester though,
whilst not having a bad game, did look a little less sharp than last
the second quarter of the match Sarries were defending their 22. Gomars
was lightening-quick on a loose ball and passed to Terry (Fanolua) who
scored a try duly converted by Ludo. With about 5 minutes to go to half
time Ludo collected a great interception to score a try, which again
he converted. This took the score to Sarries 13- Glos 17, but Rowden
had the last word by playing just enough injury time for him to award
another dubious penalty to Sarries. This time for a high tackle. Little
slotted the 3 points to take the half time score to Sarries 16 - Glos
second half was all Glos, but some stout defending from Sarries and
when that failed Rowden's whistle prevented us from scoring a try. Ludo
did however drop a goal and land three penalties to Little's two.
Final Score : Sarries 22 - Glos 29
fine win and a very gutsy performance. All the talk the previous week
re pay cuts seems to have only served to bring the whole squad closer
together. Bring on Barf.
of the match? Very difficult not to give it to Ludo. Great kicking display,
scoring a try and all round very good. However just sneaking it this
week is Andy Gomarsall for superb defence and great alertness
around the park.
- nice to see the England Sevens team with HP and Amor taking the World
Cup down in Oz, beating NZ and Fiji in the semi and final respectively.