Saracens coach rejects Glasgow’s claim before Champions Cup quarter-final

first_imgnews Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins warns Saracens may suffer Twickenham hangover Share on Facebook Read more Saracens have rejected claims of gamesmanship made by Glasgow’s head coach, Dave Rennie, before Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final between the sides. The Warriors have accused the English champions of deliberately seeking to provoke opponents and have urged the match referee, Nigel Owens, not to fall for the tactic. Saracens Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Mark McCall, however, has brushed aside Rennie’s view and also believes Scotland’s eventful Calcutta Cup draw against England this month will have no bearing on this supposed grudge match. “I’m not sure why he would say that,” the Saracens head coach said, referring to Rennie’s claim. “I’m not here to talk about them … I don’t really care what they say. We’ve got to do all the things we’ve done in these big matches over the last few years if we’re going to win.”Saracens beat Glasgow 38-13 at the same stage in Europe’s premier competition in 2017 and McCall, with Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and George Kruis all available having sat out last Saturday’s win over Harlequins, thinks his squad are well set for another strong finish to their season. “The squad’s got a bit of a love affair with this competition,” he said. “We had to go through quite a lot before we won the title but I think this is our eighth quarter-final in a row, which is quite an achievement. While we felt the pain of getting knocked out at the quarter-final stage last year, we’ve put ourselves in a much better position this year by having a home quarter-final.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Champions Cup Topics The clubs have already had two feisty pool games this season, described as “very tasty encounters” by the Saracens captain Brad Barritt. Rennie, however, believes a pattern is emerging whenever they make a mistake or concede a penalty. He said: “Often if they make an error it’s followed by a lot of push and shove from them to maybe bring the referee in to change a decision.“We can’t afford to get sucked into that sort of stuff. It’s clearly a ploy. I’ve seen Saracens do it against every other side they play. We can’t be passive, but we’ve got to be smart around that sort of thing. We had a decision go our way [in the pool game at Scotstoun]; there was a bit of push and shove, Fraser Brown got penalised and they got three points out of it. I think Nigel’s pretty smart; he won’t get sucked into that.” Share on Messenger Glasgow Rugby Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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Paine plays down Archer fear factor backs Warner

first_imgSydney: Australia captain Tim Paine says the tourists will not be intimidated by England fast bowler Jofra Archer and has backed misfiring batsman David Warner to hit form in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Paine was full of praise for Archer, whose raw pace electrified the drawn second Test as he took five wickets and peppered the Australians with bouncers, leaving Steve Smith with concussion that has ruled him out of the match in Leeds. But Paine said Australia’s batsmen were used to facing pace and had a few useful speedsters of their own. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s,” Paine wrote in a column for the Australian newspaper. “He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. “Every time we have a net (session) we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.” Paine said Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 59 when he came on as Test cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute, showed the depth of Australia’s squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings. “David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried,” he wrote. “We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner… he is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.” Meanwhile, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has labelled England captain Joe Root a “blatant cheat” over a disputed catch on the final day of the second Test. Root took a low catch to end Labuschagne’s innings, with replays suggesting the ball may have bounced first, although the England skipper later insisted it had carried. “It didn’t carry. We can see that,” Bichel told Macquarie Sports Radio. “It’s ricocheted off the player as well so it’s bobbled a little bit to him, so therefore he’d know if he’s picked it up on the half volley — it’s blatant cheating.” The third Test begins on Thursday.last_img read more

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