Saracens Enjoy Wembley Win
Saturday Sep 12, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Overseas Pros
(Ian Muir photo.)
After the England football team qualified for the 2010 World Cup this week, England captain Steve Borthwick and his Saracens team produced some inspiration of their own to beat Northampton Saints and put themselves near the top of the Guinness Premiership.
The attendance of 44,832 was more than twice the previous biggest crowd for a Saracens match in the Premiership and now means that over 100,000 people have watched them play their first two matches of the new season (they opened the season in the Premiership’s special opening day at Twickenham).
Saracens won 19-16 over Northampton.
Today's Wembley attendance also booked Saracens second place in a growing London rivalry to record the highest attendance for a Guinness Premiership match. Rivals Harlequins, who recorded a crowd of 50,000 for their 'Big Game' last season, will look to extend their record in December and Saracens will likely have another crack at overhauling them later in the season.
"Leading Saracens out at Wembley was a huge honor and I am really pleased that we managed to get a win in front of what was a record crowd for the club,” Saracens' captain Steve Borthwick said. "The color and noise in the stadium was amazing and the supporters waving flags and wearing their shirts meant the stadium was a sea of black and red. We all know what a competitive league the Guinness Premiership is, so to record two wins in our first two matches is a great start for us."
USA wing Chris Wyles started at wing for Saracens. USA lock Hayden Smith started for the Saracens A team earlier this week, when they crushed Gloucester 53-3.