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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Saracens beat Racing Metro in the snow in France

Paris played host to a fascinating game of rugby on Friday night as Saracens came up with a 19-14 win over hosts Racing Metro. The match played in heavy snow that started early, and continued right up until the final whistle.

Young Owen Farrell proved a key player for the Watford based side as he kicked the penalties on offer, slotted a drop goal, and converted Brad Barritt’s try.

Racing Metro, who were down 16-0 at halftime, fought back in the second half but Saracens were able to hold them off as the snow came down.

Saracens are still bottom of the table, but this first group win of the season will give them confidence in their ability going forward. It also will have done great things for Farrell, son of former England center Andy, who is looking impressive at number ten.

The nineteen year old took the Man Of the Match honours in a game that was actually in doubt beforehand, due to the poor conditions. The ground staff made sure the surface was playable though, and did what they could during the game to make the pitch markings clear.

It certainly wasn’t a normal day at the office for the majority of the players, many of which were from South Africa, where the beating sun and hard surfaces are usually what needs to be contended with.

In one of the heaviest winters up north for some time, we’ll probably see more snow affected games over the next few weeks.

Time: 05:00




    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2010 3:54 pm  

  • global warming... yeah right!

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at December 21, 2010 4:07 pm  

  • THird!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!!

    By Anonymous Flooz, at December 21, 2010 4:19 pm  

  • Lol tehsniper. The level of snow this year is tiny. It's only that in the past several years we haven't had much that it seems we've got alot. I'm only young and I remember in winter we'd get up to 5 foot of snow.

    You're buying into the over reactionary media hype. We've had but a dusting of snow, but because the government are incompetent and the media are in bed with the state, they exagerate and make it out to be severe weather.

    It's funny as you don't realise the recent cold snap is due to man once again buggering with nature. The gulf oil spill earlier this year has changed the gulf current and in turn weather all across Europe. Don't expect to hear that on the BBC anytime soon.

    Technically we're still in an ice age so are going through global warming every year, no matter how cold :)

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 21, 2010 4:25 pm  

  • @tehsniper: please watch the 5th episode (I think) of the Armstrong and Miller show

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2010 4:28 pm  

  • Heaviest Winter throughout the UK - not just the North. Wish it was though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2010 4:29 pm  

  • December, nature recall players that they should learn to play without sonwblades :)

    good revenge from saracens.
    On the 2 matchs, they deserved this victory more for their young players than for their curious manager.

    Leinster is on the highway for the quarters now

    By Anonymous Colombes, at December 21, 2010 4:30 pm  

  • tehsniper, global warming = colder winters although this winter is nothing special, tiny amount of snow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2010 4:59 pm  

  • It seems that whatever weather we have, it's proof of global warming! Check out the reports of the guy from the UEA Climate department who predicted ten years ago that snow would be incredibly rare in the near future due to global warming. Now the guy above says there'd be more!

    By Anonymous Phil, at December 21, 2010 7:29 pm  

  • Games like that, it sucks to be a winger.

    By Anonymous fry, at December 21, 2010 7:33 pm  

  • Where is the video of Dr Venter carping about the ref, the Laws, new interpretations & micro-analysing certain decisions that he cherry picked?

    Oh, Sarries won?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2010 8:53 pm  

  • Snow does not bother us South Africans. We are the bestest toughest people in the whole world.

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at December 21, 2010 11:55 pm  

  • Goddammit rugbydump get some of the better highlights up, i wanna see the munster pack get demolished again

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 22, 2010 12:20 am  

  • Dear whiny anonymous:

    So watch the game and stop whining like a bitch.

    By Anonymous ralph, at December 22, 2010 1:40 am  

  • Three cheers for Sireli Bobo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 22, 2010 9:09 am  

  • Hmm let's see what everyone has to say about young Owen Farrell's performance and the game in gener...... blimey, the comments board's been hijacked!!

    Oh well, if that's the situation, I'll simply observe that climate change "advocates" do themselves no favours with the ferocity of their outrage and their own refusal to entertain any sensible debate on the subject. Ironically they're the biggest sceptics!

    And Phil's absolutely right, even the scientists who are supposed to be the authority on these things have blown their own credibility time and again by manipulating evidence and extrapolating data beyond recognition just to suit their argument. And then you've got the university Phil refers to eventually having to own up and admit that half the time they were just making shit up!!

    If you want my view, climate change is an unwelcome distraction from the far more obvious damage man does to the planet, eg oil spills, the plastic bag island floating in the Pacific ocean, vast landfills full of badly-made washing machines etc.

    It is arrogant in the extreme to think that for all the thousands of millennia the planet existed before humans that we have such a huge influence on it. Climate change - or the next ice age, as I prefer to call it - may well wipe out humans, but the planet will continue to evolve and adapt and live on quite contentedly without us.

    Anyway, speaking of arrogant people - or supposedly arrogant people, the interview with Gavin Henson that you see on RD homepage shows his more modest side and I like his openness about slotting in and seeing what happens. I reckon with young Farrell and Barritt in particular playing well he may have to be content with impact sub appearances in the short term.

    By Anonymous Von, at December 22, 2010 10:22 am  

  • Ospreys vs Munster was a great game, it was actual rugby too not this bastardised modern version with no forward play.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 22, 2010 11:02 am  

  • Nobody is outraged Von. Your post is nothing more than rhetoric. Nothingness wrapped in big words.

    The reality is humans do have an effect on the enviroment, and in turn the climate. There's 6 billion of us. We're hardly the insignificant factor people like to pretend.

    Do you know how much forest and woodland has been cut down in the last 100 years? Even the most conservative of stats highlight our significant impact. Co2 emissions are ever increasing with the rise in cars and farm animals.

    You yourself mention oil spills. Well they effect weather, see my reference to the gulf stream being well and truelly fecked after the BP spill.

    It's long been my suspicion that these Scientists you mention, the ones creating and manipulating data, are nothing more than government pawns big-oil sell outs. There appears to be a very real conspiracy by the government to create a mood of anti-climate change, despite on face value appearing to be all for it.

    Of course climate changes naturally too, and maybe it is, but that doesn't or wouldn't nullify the fact we're devestating the planet and need to stop. There's far too many people in todays day and age to live the way we do.

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 22, 2010 12:12 pm  

  • Chris,
    Look how you jumped on sniper's banal comedy comment. Typical of climate change lobbyists desperate to shout down any dissenting voices. These people "protest too much" in my opinion - and in doing so they shoot themselves in the foot.

    I'll readily consider your theory about the gulf oil spill and its effect on the gulf stream and consequently the weather in western Europe. First time I've heard it but it makes sense to me.

    My point is if one tenth of the effort that goes into climate change lobbying was put into tackling clear and present threats to the planet and its inhabitants, it would benefit us all. Deforestation is a disgraceful tragedy in itself, even before considering its impact on the atmosphere.

    You allude to population growth, which might be argued is the single biggest threat to mankind. But if you think the rest of the world - all the cockroaches, ants and rodents etc - will give a toss when we humans have finished wiping ourselves out you're very much mistaken.

    On a different note, I think Owen Farrell's development at Saracens is really exciting. Must be about the age King Jonny was when he first got involved in the England set-up, isn't he? Not that I'd like to see huge media hype lumped on him at this early stage of course. I wonder if his dad's instilled a big match mentality in him. Could be a really great prospect for the 2015 world cup.

    By Anonymous Von, at December 22, 2010 4:01 pm  

  • PS - I think this spoof site sums it all perfectly... http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/environment/i'll-be-just-fine%2c-says-planet-20080306774/

    By Anonymous Von, at December 22, 2010 6:22 pm  

  • I'm no kind of lobbyist, I just hate the people who try to play it off as some sort of conspiracy theory. Because they really aren't very bright. You know the type, the right-leaning lunatics who really don't care about, say deforestation, so long as they get their copy of the Daily Mail.

    The problem is there really isn't any effort put into tackling climate change or our recklesness towards the planet. The effort is a sharade. Governments pretending to care because that's what people want to hear. When all they really are doing is using it as an excuse to extort money, while really doing nothing at all.

    But yeah. I really just wanted to put it out there that the snow this year is laughable and nothing more than government backed media exageration, done to justify their incompetence. I remember when snow would come up to my neck

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 22, 2010 7:47 pm  

  • You might want to get that paranoia checked out mate. One minute you're complaining about anti-climate change conspiracy, now you're worried about people thinking climate change is made up by conspirators.

    Your last paragraph is hilarious, with nothing more than government backed media exageration (sic) swiftly followed by I remember when snow would come up to my neck. I'm trying to work out now whether you a) grew up in Canada/Greenland/Siberia; b) are really short; or c) are reminiscing about when you were two years old and everything seemed massive...

    By Anonymous Von, at December 23, 2010 9:14 am  

  • Fuck off Von you moron.

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 23, 2010 10:10 am  

  • An unusual retort from someone who was just complaining about people who "really aren't very bright".

    By Anonymous Von, at December 23, 2010 11:20 am  

  • YOU really aren't very bright. Fuckwit.

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 24, 2010 1:01 am  

  • Sadly that is quite true. However, I don't really see the evidence of that above.

    You, on the other hand Chris, have gone from intellectually superior preacher to incoherent abusive whinger in the space of three posts.

    Do you know what though, the more i think about it I reckon Venter's interview after the first leg was a master-stroke: his team made some ridiculous errors in that game which could have caused confidence crises for the following week, yet Venter's antics totally deflected any focus on those errors and I wonder if it helped take a lot of pressure off his team going into that second game.

    By Anonymous Von, at December 24, 2010 8:27 am  

  • Shutup Von you faggot. Your opinion is worthless.

    By Anonymous Chris, at December 24, 2010 9:52 am  

  • Ah, I just realised, you're not the same "Chris" are you...

    My apologies to the original "Chris" for engaging with this silly impostor.

    By Anonymous Von, at December 24, 2010 3:27 pm  

  • Yes chris the oil spill did it...... Never heard so much damn shite! Air currents sweep from east to west....these get disturbed from time to time by many things but to say the oil spill HAH, a load of codswallop!!!

    As for global warming, put it this way structures are now being built with the predictions that in and around Dubai etc the water will rise a max of 1 metre in 100 years, less im the uk etc, as for it's long term 'day after tomorrow' stuff:....I dunno...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 26, 2010 12:26 am  

  • A lesson I learnt in prison was it's better to receive than to give. ;)

    By Anonymous Flooz, at December 26, 2010 2:14 am  

  • The earth is slowing getting warmer. Whethers it's due to human activites or natural warming it doesn't really matter.

    By Anonymous Twitch, at December 26, 2010 10:42 pm  

  • Yeh twitch except it does because if it is Us doing it and we predict it's not good then we can stop it by cutting back....but great 'it's not my problem' observation!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 27, 2010 2:24 am  

  • LOL - 'cutting back'. Great plan. If all humans disapeared right now the earth would still be warming for decades maybe centuries to come due to our past activities and warming is occuring naturally anyway. Like I said, the earth is warming regardless.

    I work for a Department of Transport and senior management is already asking for budget increases to mitigate the effects of rising sea levels and temperatures by upgrading existing infrastructure. Adaptation not mitigation is what government departments are focusing on.

    Expect house prices in coastal zones to plummet in the next 50 years.

    By Anonymous Twitch, at December 29, 2010 5:53 am  

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