Christian Day said that the Saints came up against a very good team at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon.
In a game where defence got on top, neither the Saints nor Saracens generated genuine try scoring opportunities, despite building plenty of pressure.
Instead it fell to the kickers to dominate the points, and while Stephen Myler opened the scoring early on Owen Farrell’s four from four gave Saracens the cushion they needed to shut the game down. Nevertheless the hosts maintained their record of getting at least one point from every Aviva Premiership round played so far, JJ Hanrahan landing a last-minute penalty to earn the losing bonus.
“It was a tough game,” Day told SaintsTV. “Saracens are a very good team and when you play them you know how they like to play. It’s territory based, win penalties and kick penalties, keep the pressure on you, which they do really well. Their defence was excellent
“We had a few chances, but our lineout didn’t go as well as usual although our scrum went well, and it’s another game that’s been decided by less than a score.”
It was something of a gate crashing from Saracens, who were the first visitors to run out at a newly extended Franklin’s Gardens, with the Barwell Stand creating the capacity for a record modern-day crowd in excess of 15,000.
“We’re disappointed to lose in front of our home fans,” Day added. “We love playing here, and will want to put it right in Europe next week.”
There is a short turnaround between home matches, with the Saints hosting the Scarlets in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday, November 14th. Tickets remain available for the game at www.tinyurl.com/SAI-SCA-1516 - use [email protected] to beat the match day queues and save the admin fees.