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Barritt stars as Saracens rout Boland

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 29 Jan 2009 at 07:19
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English Premiership side Saracens over-powered a spirited Boland in the second match on their South African tour in Wellington on Wednesday, winning 52-20 – with former Sharks midfielder Brad Barritt scoring two of his team’s eight tries.

Ebrahim Moerat writes for Rugby 365 that the tourists dominated possession early in the game, but struggled to overcome some resilient defence by the Bolanders.

The tourists matched the hosts’ enthusiasm, as both teams seemed determined to run with the ball on a scorching Wellington summer’s day.

Boland captain Conrad Burke inspired his team with a long range effort, showing a great turn of speed, to send Godwin Damon over for the opening score after 12 minutes.

Jacquin Jansen added the extras to give the hosts a 7-0 lead, which brought the small Boland crowd to their feet and managed to take the smile off the face of Saracens boss Eddie Jones.

It took the English side 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard, with scrumhalf Mickey Wilson dotting down after a well-worked line-out by the Saracens forwards. Gordon Ross converted to level the scores.

With both sides reduced to 14 men after Sarries pivot Gordon Ross and Boland lock Frikkie Spies were sin-binned, the Saracens forwards progressively started to dominate the tight exchanges – which saw replacement flank Justin Melck crossing the line four minutes before half-time.

Boland hit back on the stroke of half-time with a penalty by Jansen, which reduced the deficit to four points at the break.

Saracens started the second half much like the first dominating possession with their forwards making a concerted effort to get to the contact areas, which created more scoring opportunities for the backs.

Former Sharks centre Brad Barritt went in next to the posts, which signalled the tourists intent to close out the game.

However, replacement flyhalf Lionel Cornelius kept Boland in the game with a penalty shortly after Barritt’s score.

Leading 21-13 Ross ran in a five-pointer after sustained pressure by the tourists. He converted to make it 29-13.

Sarries then kept piling on the pressure, particularly around the fringes, which resulted in hooker Alex Walker’s score to put the game seemingly beyond the Bolanders’ reach.

However, Boland were not going to give up and wing Luvo Sogidashe showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition after intercepting inside his own 22 meter area. Jansen’s conversion made it 20-36.

Replacement back Andy Farrell grabbed two late tries shortly after coming on to finally kill off the Boland effort, while Barritt also grabbed his second score to give the tourists a comprehensive 52-20 victory.

The Scorers:

For Saracens:
Wilson, Melck, Ross, Walker, Farrell 2, Barritt 2
Cons: Ross 4, Jackson 2

For Boland:
Damon, Sogidashe
Cons: Jansen 2
Pens: Jansen, Cornelius

Yellow cards: Frikkie Spies (Boland), Gordon Ross (Saracens), Mickey Wilson (Saracens)

The teams:

Boland: 15 Donovan Smith, 14 Alvin Hugo, 13 Godwin Damon, 12 Dewey Swartbooi, 11 Luvo Sogidashe, 10 Jacquin Jansen, 9 Juwell Samuels, 8 Junior Bester, 7 Andre du Toit, 6 Garth Faro, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Ivan Espag, 2 Conrad Burke (captain), 1 Christo McNish.
Replacements – from: Pieter Bruynhardt, Tros Botha, Smit Janse van Rensburg, Quinton de Bruyn, Denzil Willemse, Emile Smith, Lionel Corneliüs, Wendal Wehr, Marcell du Preez, Hendrik van Niekerk.

Saracens: 15 Glen Jackson (captain), 14 Rodd Penney, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Edd Thrower, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Mickey Wilson, 8 Don Barrell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Hayden Smith, 5 Hugh Vyvyan, 4 Kris Chesney, 3 Cobus Visagie, 2 Alex Walker, 1 Nick Lloyd.
Replacements – from: Andy Kyriacou, Jordan Mitchell, Cencus Johnston, Tom Ryder, Harry Spencer, Wikus van Heerden, Ben Skirving, Will Fraser, Justin Melck, Jackson Wray, Justin Marshall, Andy Farrell, Chris Wyle.


  • Justin Melck?????????????

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.09 07:23:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • What did we expect??? Saracens is a top English side and regular in the European Cup.

    Whereas Boland is a struggling CC side who if I’m not mistaken do not even have a sponsor!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.09 07:29:08 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Ahhh okay.

    Melck has a run with Sarries

    Cape Town-born loose forward, Justin Melck, is currently trialling with Saracens while the squad are in Stellenbosch, with the former Stormers and Munster man having joined the camp on Monday.

    Versatile at flank and No.8, Melck captained Western Province in 2007 during the Currie Cup and has played 13 times for the Stormers as well as going to Munster on loan.

    Saracens Director of Rugby, Eddie Jones, says the decision to bring Melck in for the week was to have a look at whether the squad needs any more cover over the coming weeks.

    “Justin is here for a week’s trial. He’s played with the Stormers and Munster and with Michael Owen’s injury we’re just looking to see whether he’s a guy that could potentially fill a space in our squad,” said Jones.

    “We’ve lost Steve Borthwick now for six weeks [due to Six Nations commitments] and with Chris Jack going back to New Zealand until the 20th of February to be with his wife who is expecting a baby, we’re just seeing how much cover we’ll need for the rest of the season.”

    With regard to cover at scrumhalf, to replace the injured Neil de Kock and Moses Rauluni, Jones says he’s happy with what’s in place at the moment.

    “Justin [Marshall] has fitted in really well to the squad and his competitive instinct came out in the second half against the Stormers. His effort was absolutely fantastic and it’s amazing that he’s only been here a week, and already he seems like just one of the boys,” Jones added.

    “He’s been really good for us and his experience is also a great benefit for Mickey Wilson.”

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.01.09 07:31:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I can’t believe Melck was not contracted ahead of a guy like Pieter Louw or this Coenraad Brits… 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.01.09 07:39:09 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Maybe Melck is after the money and not interested in being contracted in SA.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.01.09 07:43:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go BRAD!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.01.09 08:37:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :
    @robdylan (Comment 6) :
    Are these comments linked? 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.09 08:40:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) :

    not intentionaly but I suspect by default. 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.09 08:46:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • That sure look like a newbie Boland outfit aswell. The likes of Marnus Hugo, Watts, Jacobie Adriaans or Dries Human not even playing at this stage.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.01.09 08:47:58 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 9) : Isnt Jacobie playing for Maties in the VC

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.01.09 08:52:25 by PJLD Reply
  • Saw his broer Lourens have a WP U21 contract. Those Klawer boys are tough Boet, the terrorist could net get past Klawer’s Adriaanses in the old SA.

    Also know the x Gimmie & WP Craven Week fatty Botes having a Boland contract these days. My oldest son know him well and he havent played rugby in 2008 due to his studies at Maties but he sure is a big fattie these days.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.01.09 08:57:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Look like the Boland x Lion wing poach Daniels is finished?

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.01.09 08:59:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 11) : Tell me, how do the laaities that side of the world feel about playing for Boland?

    Is it something they get excited about or do they just do it for soema?

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.01.09 08:59:21 by PJLD Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) : Cant be 😯

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.01.09 09:00:00 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 10) : Just had a look at Maties squad and Lourens playing for them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.01.09 09:00:56 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 15) : Aaah, shotto.You gonna catch the MAties Ikeys game on Monday?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.01.09 09:02:35 by PJLD Reply
  • Vokket but Maties have a talented sqaud for the Varsity Cup. It sure do help there case with WP Academy on Sttelenbosch. 😯 Names I know from there lot (sorry maybe I am on the wrong thread)

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.01.09 09:03:42 by PaarlBok Reply

  • How were the scrums, as compareed to the Stormers effort on the weekend?

    Lionel Cornelius, has’nt he been contracted to the Sharks?

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.01.09 09:05:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 16) :
    Nah I’ll rather watch them on TV. I spend way to much time there these days and if I here Stellenbosch my Ossewa backdoor open himself. Trek Feirrera. 🙄

    Tonight its Vensters and the jool on saturday. 💡

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.01.09 09:05:46 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 17) :

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.01.09 09:07:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 19) : Just saw mondays game is at Groote Schuur. Sorry broer my license stop at Durbanvilles bont cows. These days with all the works on the N1 maybe hire a helicopter to get to Newlands once the S14 starts.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.01.09 10:18:20 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 21) : Oh jaaa, maybe I can go 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.01.09 10:20:02 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 22) : Nice , and please write us a nice report like the Sarries Stormers one. 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.01.09 10:23:28 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 23) : hehehe if i make it ja.Otherwise you gonna have to wait for the Stormers games.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.01.09 10:26:00 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 24) : Cant wait. Looking forward. I love our own Taal. Kid “djy” his mum the other day in Woolworths, she reply “Djy moenie my kom djy nie.” 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.01.09 10:31:40 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 25) : Aweeee!Surprised he never got a klap to go with it.Jy Djy nie jou ma nie!

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.01.09 10:33:11 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 26) : Amper gekry, but then I burst out laughing and she stop half way with the charge office klap (those back handers).

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.01.09 10:40:56 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 27) : Lucky kid.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.01.09 10:43:41 by PJLD Reply

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