Saracens first defence of their trophy began in the toughest of games and in the second half it was indeed their defence that gave them a win of huge significance.
Triple Champions Toulon (2013,14,15) had never lost a Champions Cup game at Stade Félix Mayol and in the second half it looked like they just might preserve that record when they stormed back from 25-6 down to within 5 of the Londoners.
Their two tries were scored when the outstanding Maro Itoje was in the bin – a coincidence? I don’t think so! Super Maro was immense in a pack that saw off some of the world’s biggest and best forwards.
In an interview in the week Maro said that you learn from losing – how the fuck would he know? He’s only been on the losing side once in his last 30 odd matches!
Watching Saracens yesterday it was hard to understand how on hell they lost to Quins a couple of weeks ago – maybe they were just trying to let Toulon think that they were vulnerable away from Allianz Park.
Toulon were even denied a losing bonus point thanks to the accuracy of the returning Owen Farrell – I imagine Eddie Jones will find it difficult to wipe the smile off his face this morning.
Saracens might even have nicked a bonus point – Sean Maitland who had made an exceptional finish in the first half came within millimetres of getting their fourth late in the second half.
Saracens will take some stopping this season and could well repeat their double from last year.
I’m not the only one who is impressed