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Saracens fan Louise Warr believes there were positives in the heavy defeat to Northampton Saints
For anyone who witnessed the 41-20 hammering by Northampton Saints on Saturday, finding positives from the game might be a task of great difficulty. After all, it was Saracens biggest defeat in 4 and a half years and was a performance reminiscent of years gone by. However, on reflection there was a bit of a silver lining hidden within a rather dark cloud.
Saracens have a reputation of being a big spending club and often are accused of bringing in foreign players instead of developing their own talent.
Two of Saracens stand out players from the not only the most recent round of Premiership campaign but the season so far have not been well known names, but players firmly putting their hand up when given their chance in the match day squad.
Michael Tagicakibau and Duncan Taylor have been two of the shining lights of Saracens start to the season.
Although both have represented their country, Fiji and Scotland respectively, neither are widely talked about names and both have spent time plying their trade in the RFU championship.
Tagicakibau has started his second spell at the club like a man who means business, someone who is going to give his chance everything he has got. His 12-month spell at Bristol was somewhat injury plagued but he has not lost any of his hard Islander tackling ability that makes him a hit with fans.
His crunching tackle against South Africa at Wembley has been one that lives long in the memory. It is great to see Michael back at the club and seemingly thriving in the environment once again. His versatility makes him a key member of the Saracens squad and one that you would not hesitate about seeing in the starting line up.
For me the first name on the Saracens team sheet should be Brad Barritt, he is dependable, underrated and the Men in Black are a very different team without him.
With Barritt facing a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines, thoughts turned to his replacement. Up stepped Duncan Taylor, and the former Bedford Blues utility back who has certainly made his presence felt. I suppose the biggest compliment that could be paid is that Barritt’s absence has not been as badly felt as had been feared.
Taylor still gives you a defensive rock in midfield however he has another dimension to his game with a burst of pace once he has broken through the gain line. He has also showed flexibility pairing up with both Joel Tomkins and Chris Wyles throughout his time at centre. He will now join up with the Scotland squad for the Autumn internationals, a honour he wholly deserves and his absence from the Saracens midfield will certainly be felt.
So from the doom and gloom of Franklin’s Gardens some hope can be taken as well as proof that sometimes it is those beneath the headlines who can make the biggest impact when needed.
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