Rugby Saracens make survival in the Premier League a priority...

Saracens make survival in the Premier League a priority over European honor | Sport


Nalways glad Gloucester had lost, the music that blared out in the players' area after the game included Pink Floyd & # 39; s Money with its lines "Think I Want to Buy Me a Football Team" and "Don't Give Me the Do-Goody -good bullshit. ”Money can't buy you love.

The Saracens are paired for more of the same on their travels this season, the Premier League pariahs following a panel set up to hear allegations of salary cap violations in the previous three seasons ruled against the English and European champions, deducted 35 Premier League points from them, adding a $ 5m fine £ with legal costs to be decided.

Saracens' rise a decade ago was based on a unique approach where they generated strength from the inside and were not interested in the outside view, the rugby's version of Millwall. Contrary to falling somewhat deeper last week with payroll violations, which are not specified despite the punishment awarded, is cited as evidence that the club's titles since the 2015 World Cup had to break rules, like the others observed, cheated as blatantly as using blood capsules to simulate an injury and facilitate a replacement, false front damage to go for unquestioned scrums, or secure victory in a European Cup Final by knocking the ball out of a scrum half's hands when he was feeding the set piece.

The game undergoes one of its unusual outbursts of morality, and Saracens took to the field at Kingsholm with fake £ 50 banknotes waved to them and sang of always cheating. Two of the England World Cups, Jack Singleton and Ben Spencer, who enjoyed 17 minutes on the field in Japan, were among the replacements, but Owen Farrell, brothers Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Jamie George, George Kruis and Elliot Daly had been given the week off.

It was the fourth round of the Premier League, and the Saracens were once again at full strength as they will be on five weekends over the Six Nations, more than 40 percent of the regular season, plus whatever rest periods, whichever elite player deal is between Premier League Rugby and Twickenham stipulates. A win typically gained by digging in, knocking off the crowd and holding their heads while their opponents tried to find theirs led them to minus-22 points, though the deduction was suspended after the club indicated that that would appeal.

Saracens' England contingent looks set to be released over the next two weeks with the club's director of rugby, Mark McCall, saying he would give the Premier League priority with the threat of relegation real if an appeal is lost, and the points deduction stands. Given the solidarity of the club, many players are unlikely to leave even as the championship waved, but as he pointed out, there is a Lions tour in 2021 and he does not want them to be in a position, where they may have to sacrifice their place in that team.

"We're not thinking of breaking down the squad," he said. “Twice this week, although out, twice, this week was an internal sign of unity. They would play against Gloucester, but we would never do that. If we were relegated, we would have thought and planned with a Lions tour at the end of next season. Our job is, if the appeal fails, to stay on. We need to plan a worst-case scenario that will affect our strategy around the Champions Cup. "

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It was probably just as well that they stayed away from the tournament launch last week because recognizing that it was likely to be a haven for reserves would not have been quite what the organizers wanted to hear. "We would have had some conversations anyway, because it is unrealistic to think that some may come back from five months away and play in a Champions Cup game two weeks after a World Cup final," McCall said. “I think a number of players involved today deserve to experience European rugby, and that can be a big advantage for us in the long term. A siege mentality is not sustainable over seven or eight months. Being driven by anger or frustration is too negative. It's all about how we can support each other. "

And as fate would have it, their next league match at the end of the month when their England contingent will be in shape and firing, in Bath, not a club that has advocated the champions should be treated mildly.



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