Saracens Rugby Video Ranking: five / 5
England duo Owen Farrell and Chris Ashton were in fine form for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC as they led the London club to the semi finals of the Heineken Cup with a 27-16 win over Ulster, the beaten finalists of last year’s competition at home at the Twickenham Stoop. England international fly half scored a whopping 17 points for The Sarries while Ashton scored the decisive try in the second half that all but killed off whatever hopes Ulster had of making a comeback.
With the win, the club reached semi finals of the most prestigious European competition for only the second time in their history. The moment of the second half was produced by Ashton, who cut inside from out wide to take a well timed pass from England teammate Brad Barritt before finishing the move off with a 30 meter dash and his trademark dive over the line.
For Saracens FC, Farrell continually foiled any play that Ulster tried to muster as he booted in five penalties as well as a conversion as the club set up a semi final date with either of big spending French side Toulon or their domestic rivals the Leicester Tigers, who play each other in the other quarter final clash on Sunday. And speaking to Sky Sports after the win, Farrell stated that the forward pack for the team was in sparkling form. He mentioned that although it wasn’t too tidy, they still managed to get over the line, causing Ulster all sorts of problems.
And Farrell, who is also leading the charge for Saracens FC in the Aviva Premiership is hoping the other English sides the Leicester Tigers and Harlequins FC win their matches as well to make it three out of the top four in semis.
Saracens FC are a rugby football union side from England that currently plays in the Aviva Premiership, the highest tier of professional rugby in the country. Although the team is now based in St. Albans, it was previously based at Vicarage Road in Watford, sharing the stadium with the association football club Watford FC. During the current season, they have made the move back to London from Watford, relocating to the new Allianz Park stadium. Although the club was formed as Saracens Football Club way back in 1876, they are incorporated into the Aviva Premiership as Saracens Ltd.
Apart from playing in the Aviva Premiership, the club also plays in the Anglo-Welsh or the LV= Cup as well as the Heineken Cup or the European Challenge Cup, depending on their status at the end of the season. Saracens FC was formed long back in 1876, when the Old Boys of the Philological School in Marylebone got together and decided that it was a necessity to form a rugby club. Two years later, the club merged with another local club known as the Crusaders but retained their original name.
The club frequently moved their home stadium since 1892 and did not have a fixed home venue before they settled at the Bramley Road stadium in the 1939 season, although they couldn’t play in the stadium due to the ongoing Second World War until 1945.
Their inaugural match was against Blackheath but after that match ended, the club did not get to play any match before they were offered a match on the official fixture list by Harlequins FC. Initially, Saracens FC found it difficult to get matches but with time, their fame rose and in the next 100 years, the club would go on to become a premier side in the professional rugby scene in England.
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