Saracens knock Glasgow Warriors out of Europe

English side shrug off enforced relegation from the Premiership to secure victory over 14-man Racing 92 with rusing second half performance

Saracens defeated Racing 92 to edge ahead of Glasgow Warriors into the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson
Saracens defeated Racing 92 to edge ahead of Glasgow Warriors into the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson ASM Clermont v La Rochelle, Heineken Champions Cup Final, St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday 11th May 2019. ***Please credit: Fotosport/David Gibson***

FALLEN English title holders Saracens bounced back from yesterday’s news that they will be automatically relegated from the English Premiership next season to claim victory over Racing 92 this afternoon, which books their place in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions Cup at Glasgow Warriors’ expense.

Dave Rennie’s Glasgow side started the day occupying the eighth and final Champions Cup slot after a convincing win over Sale Sharks in the final pool match on Saturday evening, but knew that both Saracens and Gloucester could jump ahead of them if they picked up wins on Saturday. Saracens duly delivered, despite having second-row Will Skelton to a red card for dangerous tackle in the 39th minute and trailing 17-21 at the turnaround, with the Londoners showing their fabled fighting spirit to finish an awful week for the club with a heroic win. A try from Maro Itoje, plus a conversion and a penalty from Owen Farrell, secured the 27-24 victory.

Warriors, meanwhile, have paid the price for inconsistency across the whole pool campaign, with their round four defeat at home to La Rochelle, just seven days after beating the Frenchmen at the Stade Marcel Deflandre, being the biggest regret.

Rennie also suggested after Saturday’s match that his team could have taken five points instead of three from last week’s home draw against Exeter Chiefs, but that doesn’t feel like quite so much like a golden opportunity missed against one of the big favourites in this year’s tournament.


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7 Comments

  1. Salary restrictions are for the premiership, no restrictions in European comps. You have to wonder if the players will be investigated also, if money was being filtered from different companies into their accounts it’s fairly obvious they were aware of what was going on.

  2. Serial cheats knock other clubs out of European competition.

    Now if that doesn’t require action from the SRU what does?

    • TBF, the wage cap is specific to English teams and the English league. The Top14 in France has a much higher cap.

    • @Richard yea but could you argue would they have qualified for the European Cup from of the Premiership had they adhered to the salary cap?

    • The Saracens team is built on cheating. They have cheated in the English Premiership for at least five and a half seasons and that cheating as enabled them to qualify for this European competition. They should have been thrown out of the English Premiership and the Champions Cup immediately and not left to continue to corrupt these competitions.

  3. Wayne Barnes did not award a penalty try when La Rochell’s scrum half kick the ball out the scrum under their posts that cost Glasgow their quarter final place.The best referee in the world I don’t think so.

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