Far­rell set for Sara­cens re­turn

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ENGLISH and Eu­ro­pean cham­pi­ons Sara­cens beat Wasps 30-14 on Oc­to­ber 9 and then re­ceived a fur­ther boost in the form of the re­turn of Eng­land goal­kicker Owen Far­rell from in­jury.

Sara­cens are op­ti­mistic Far­rell will make his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son when they face French club Toulon in the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup on Oc­to­ber 15.

Back and hip in­juries have side­lined Far­rell but he has been tak­ing part in kick­ing train­ing ahead of Eng­land’s end-of-year in­ter­na­tion­als at Twick­en­ham, which start with a clash against South Africa on Novem­ber 12.

“Owen was with the team for Wasps,” said Sara­cens di­rec­tor of rugby Mark McCall. “He warmed up with them and place-kicked for the first time be­fore the game.

“If ev­ery­thing goes to plan, then hope­fully he’ll be avail­able for this week­end.”

McCall added, “He’s an in­flu­en­tial mem­ber of the squad and it’s good to have him around the team.

“I think he could def­i­nitely come straight into the team. Six weeks isn’t so long. We’ll as­sess that in train­ing.”

“Alex Lo­zowski has put his case for­ward so it’s a big shout for us, but Owen is a world-class fly-half.”

“For us to have won five of our first six league games with­out the likes of Owen, Dun­can Tay­lor and Chris Ash­ton is a good achieve­ment.”

Ear­lier, Eng­land hooker Jamie Ge­orge came off the bench to score two tries as Sara­cens ended Wasps’ 100 per­cent start to the sea­son.

“We lost to the bet­ter team,” said Wasps di­rec­tor of rugby Dai Young.

“We weren’t al­lowed to play. You have to give Sara­cens a lot of credit: They re­ally stran­gled us and didn’t al­low us to play.”

He added, “We’ve made a re­ally good start to the sea­son, but we’ve come to the home of the dou­ble cham­pi­ons and it was a lit­tle too much for us.

“It’s not all doom and gloom be­cause it’s the first game we’ve lost, but if you’re go­ing to lose to any­one it should be the dou­ble win­ners.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed be­cause we didn’t look like we fired enough shots, but that’s be­cause of how good Sara­cens were de­fen­sively.”

De­feat at Lon­don club Sara­cens’ home ground was tough on Wasps and for­mer Eng­land fly-half Danny Cipri­ani.

The play­maker has been over­looked by Ed­die Jones since the Aus­tralian be­came Eng­land coach after last year’s World Cup.

Last month the for­mer Wal­laby boss made it clear that, as Ge­orge Ford and Owen Far­rell were his first-choice fly-half/in­side cen­tre com­bi­na­tion, there was no place for Cipri­ani in the Test set-up un­less he could be the “main man” and “when he plays well enough to be num­ber one he’ll be in the squad.”

But with Jones among the Al­lianz Park crowd on Sun­day, Cipri­ani set up Wasps’ lone try with a bril­liant step-and-go be­fore mak­ing an­other eye-catch­ing break in the sec­ond half. –

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