It has been a tough couple of weeks for us at the Gardens. Firstly we came across English champions, Saracens. They are a team full of internationals, with lots of players who have played in many of the top leagues around the world. We started well against them causing them some trouble and keeping the game tight. The Franklins Gardens faithful were getting louder and louder and the boys looked to be playing with real confidence. At half time we went in with a very tight lead, not something we could say last year against this team. The second half lead changed hands multiple times and with 10 minutes to go it looked like we had just about edged it and were going to get the win. However, like the true champions saracens are, they scored two late tries. We put so much effort out there and nearly came away with the win, but unfortunately left with 0 points from a very tough game. On the other hand it was nice to see Taqele Naiyaravoro (Big T) as he is known around the club running down the wing and knocking Billy Vunipola over. Not something that happens very often! It was one hell of a collision.
The following weekend we headed to Bath. One of the most picturesque cities to play rugby in. A beautiful back drop set the stage for a great game of rugby. That is until the rain decided to come in and ruin it for everyone. Torrential rain throughout the entire 80 minutes made for a very messy game of rugby. Lots of mistakes from both teams meant that the game was very strop start and neither team really fully got into their stride. Bath took the lead with 10 minutes to go and the game looked like it was going to finish that way. Step up Tom Collins, who found a hole in the defence and shot down the wing, sliding in to score in the corner. Bath lead by two and with the final kick of the game Dan Biggar had a very tough chance to give us a draw. The kick looked good for 95% of its journey but as a gust of wind knocked it slightly off line, the ball bounced off the post and Bath squeezed a narrow win. Looking back at the game, a draw would have probably been a fair result for both teams. However, not to be.
This week we are on the road at Bristol, and the boys are looking to pick up some points on the road. A great chance for us to go out and put the mistakes of the last couple of weeks right. There have been lots of positives over the past weeks, and we as a squad are looking to continue building on them and picking up some wins!
As always, thank you for all your support, and hopefully a few of you can make it to Ashton Gate this Saturday to support the boys.