Men’s XV to take on Dubai Hurricanes

Get down to Al Ghazal for our 4pm kick-off this Friday! Sarries XV mens team are taking on the Hurricanes on our home turf.

Its been a 5 match winning streak and we have no intention of slowing down. With two matches left until play offs, and the Hurricanes only three points ahead in the league, our men need all the home support we can gather!! Lets go Sarries!!

As always, the pitch will be kitted out with a spectators stand, pitch-side bar, Abu Dhabi’s best brai-ers and a playground for the kiddos. Celebrations will carry on in Murphy’s sports bar where rumour has it our ladies team will be joining in full swing after their tournament in Sharjah. Cheers cheers cheers!

Training Update: 08.02

Sarries Players,

There will be no training tomorrow Friday, 8th February. We’ve trained hard and played well thus far. Taking a weekend off to enjoy time with family, friends & team mates can be and is just as important to what we do on the pitch. (Also, beer plays a large part in rugby!)

Enjoy the weekend off & have fun! I hope to see everyone ready to go next week at training as we prepare for our game against the Dubai Hurricanes next Friday, 15th February at Al Ghazal.


Training Update: 06.02

Dear all players,

Training this Wednesday will be from 7.30-9pm.

Due to a booking on the pitch training will not start until 7:30pm on Wednesday 06.02.

Thanks, Coach Peter

Training update: 04.02

Dear all Men’s XV team,

Due to there being no match this coming weekend, there will be no training today, 04.02.2019. Hope you are all recovering well from last Friday’s match. Training will resume again on Wednesday.

Women’s training will still be on tonight and they are looking for some volunteers from the mens team to assist. If you are fit enough please do volunteer to assist.

Thanks, Coach Peter.

Men’s 1st XV v Abu Dhabi Harlequins (01 Feb ’19)

Congratulations Saracens on making it 5 wins in a row and remaining undefeated in 2019! And of course to make it just that little sweeter was to win well against our cross-city counterparts, the Harlequins. It was good to welcome back our Captain, JT from injury as well as to see other previously unavailable players back in the jersey.

From a coach’s point of view it wasn’t our best “rugby”. We’ve played and won nicer recently however what continues to be a great hallmark of the season are the same factors which I believe are driving our success: commitment, passion, discipline and depth. Even though we didn’t really reach the rhythm of the style and format we wanted to play, our structure was there and still being executed. We are confident more than ever to be able to utilise the strength of our talented player depth to substitute for injury and tactically at any given moment. 

Sarries opened the scoring up after only 3 1/2 mins when Matt Luxmore went over for a try, which went unconverted. Then something that I believe we’ve all known was coming was a typical strong, wall-breaking run by Hans through the Quins players to see him run untouchable another 25 metres to score beneath the posts for a converted try at the 12 minute mark.
Unfortunately the rhythm we were searching for allowed us to become exposed in our reading the oppositions attack and hence we allowed Quins to make it 12-5. Francesco (“Cappuccino”) was as always eager for some points and crossed the try line after 25 mins, as did Alex at the just before half time to have the score 29-5 at the break: another great game from both players. 

We kicked off eager to allow our scrum to be the dominant force we knew they were over Quins. With such a talented forward pack our scrum is definitely a very large aspect of our game and something we will continue to improve, especially when our opposition use tactics to counter our scrum supremacy. Kava was his usual bustling best and went over to score the first of his 2 tries after 51 minutes. Again however we allowed ourselves to lose focus on the opposition attack and numbers which allowed Quins to score 2 tries within 10 mins to claw back the scoreline to 34-17. Although receiving a large cut over his eye Louw Marais was able to return to the field to score (& converted by Lucian Ruiters) with 10 mins remaining in the game, and then followed by Kava’s second try.

The final score was 46-17 to Saracens. Apart from the win and the determination of the players what was surprising, and humbling for me, personally to see was the appreciation of our supporters who gathered to clap and cheer the team after the game had ended. In my 5 years at Saracens I’ve never seen our supporters as passionate and full of confidence, hope and happiness.

The Man of Match was well deserved by Vice Captain Lucien Ruiters for his strong game and brilliant game management. Kava of course was a close second as was Hans.

There is no game this weekend so please stay informed via the website for updates on training.

Well done ALL Sarries for another well deserved win as we continue to fight toward the finals campaign of the 2018/19 season!!