Yet again sarries met there nemesis in local rugby for the last couple of years for the first league fixture between the two. Sarries came out of the blocks fired up, despite a slightly depleted side from the one selected and no reserves.
The Sarries forwards fronted up against their bigger and well drilled opposition and made good ground through commitment and intelligent play at ruck time. This allowed Kyle Thomas to feed Tom Mitchell and try to release the centre pairing of Paul Crombie and Paul Grayson.
The Old Patesians defence was well organised and made some big hits,but infringements at the breakdown allowed new player to the club, John Crowford to slot 2 penalties to put Sarries 6-0 up!!.
Sarries continued to apply great pressure from their 22 upwards but a lack of composure in their own 22 allowed pats to camp on the line and a try followed.
This was the pattern for the remainder of the half and another try from Pats put the score at 12- 6 at halftime.
The second half saw a determined effort from Old Pats to breach the Sarries line but sterner resolve from the home side. Sarries were under the cosh from the outset, but sheer bloody mindedness and pride for the shirt stopped them time and time again, despite a couple of charged down kicks, Sarries only conceded 3 points in the whole of the second half.
Superb runs from the likes of Grayson, Phillips, Lewis and White kept the Sarries moving forward but they couldn’t deal the killer blow. Old Patesians certainly knew they were in a game,and the respect shown by some of their players in the bar afterwards for the Sarries players was admirable.
MoM is yet again a difficult choice as every single player was superb in commitment to the badge.tom Phillips,John Crowford, Paul Grayson and Kyle Thomas were the pick of an outstanding backs performance,with a couple out of position also.
In the forwards, Mark Waring, Daniel Didcote scrummaged superbly, Rob Longimperious as ever in the line out and the back row of Brown, White and Lewis along with La Barre were outstanding throughout……but it has to go to Andy Lewis who was outstanding going forward and defensively sound,creating numerous turnovers.
Final score Sarries 2’s – 9,Old Patesians 3’s – 15