It was another disappointing week for the Saracens 1st XV, who again went down to a strong Longlevens team. Both squads were altered, with a number of players returning from holiday and injury for the Sarries. Determined for a better first half performance than last week, the home warm up was strong, but within a few minutes of the starting whistle, a 5m scrum lead to a Longlevens try. This woke the Sarries up, and the home team gradually started to dominate the contact and breakdown. Continued pressure gained an attacking scrum 10m out, for Captain Jimmy McMahon to jog over unimpeded.
Then a evenly matched stalemate ensued, both sides with fairly equal territory and possession, but It was Longlevens who broke it, with two tries, one of them a fantastic solo effort from the outside centre from within his own 22. The Sarries managed to finish the first half strongly, with two strong 8 man tries from lineouts within the opposition 22, openside Leroy Hughes the man to ground the ball on both occasions.
25-17 at half time to Longlevens.
The second half again displayed two fairly even sides, but Sarries indiscipline and errors let Longlevens keep the advantage, and build their score. Despite a close range try from winger Matt Williams, it was not enough to get the home team in front, and the Sarries again left to rue their mistakes. Plenty of positives to take from another game played by a new team, still learning to play together. To gain a close result against another outfit who will undoubtedly be battling for promotion shows a lot of promise.
Writers MOM Shaun Meheran, for without his covering tackles the away score would have certainly been higher.
Final Score Saracens 22 Longlevens 34