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Saracens fan Louise Warr argues the Men in Black taking risks after 'undercooked' pre-season
So the 2013/2014 season has now kicked off and Saracens got off to a winning start with the full five points being added on to the league table.
But could it all have gone differently for Sarries?
Different teams tackle pre-season in different ways with many heading off to France for top 14 challenges.
Saracens played three games in their pre-season schedule, two clashes against Championship opposition, Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates, as well as a trip to South Africa, which included a game against the Jonsson College Rovers.
In total the Men in Black racked up a total of 207 points and only conceded 15.
There is no doubting that Bedford and the Pirates are decent Championship teams but neither provided the tough and close run competition that is present week in and week out in the Premiership.
This could have proven problematic for Sarries when the opening game rolled around.
Without a hard-fought encounter for preparation, if things got tough at Twickenham there could have been a danger of the wolfpack being ‘undercooked’.
Luckily, this was not the case and Saracens made it through the game without panic.
London Irish, however, will probably not provide the toughest challenge Saracens will face over the future months.
They are a team with many changes, however on their day, like any other team in this league, they can beat anyone and should not be underestimated.
As the Sale and Gloucester result this weekend has shown, games don’t always go the way you may expect them to.
As a team Sarries have always done things their own way with trips abroad, jumping out of planes and carrying out work experience just to name a few.
The results have been visible for all to see - there is no denying that.
Plus their unbelievable work ethic is championed within rugby circles but there cannot be a substitute for real game experience.
Luckily for Saracens a potential banana skin was avoided and we continue onwards and upwards in to what hopes to be a season that brings more silverware to add to the collection.
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