Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Paris played host to a fascinating game of rugby on Friday night as Saracens came up with a 19-14 win over hosts Racing Metro. The match played in heavy snow that started early, and continued right up until the final whistle.
Young Owen Farrell proved a key player for the Watford based side as he kicked the penalties on offer, slotted a drop goal, and converted Brad Barritts try.
Racing Metro, who were down 16-0 at halftime, fought back in the second half but Saracens were able to hold them off as the snow came down.
Saracens are still bottom of the table, but this first group win of the season will give them confidence in their ability going forward. It also will have done great things for Farrell, son of former England center Andy, who is looking impressive at number ten.
The nineteen year old took the Man Of the Match honours in a game that was actually in doubt beforehand, due to the poor conditions. The ground staff made sure the surface was playable though, and did what they could during the game to make the pitch markings clear.
It certainly wasnt a normal day at the office for the majority of the players, many of which were from South Africa, where the beating sun and hard surfaces are usually what needs to be contended with.
In one of the heaviest winters up north for some time, well probably see more snow affected games over the next few weeks.