Nick Tompkins’ hat-trick leads Saracens past Gloucester and into final
• Replacement caps six-try display from champions
They are the best team in Europe, which means we knew already they are the best team in England. Whether Saracens go on to clinch the relevant gong at Twickenham next Saturday remains to be seen – sport is a funny old thing – but if we wanted evidence of how much farther ahead they are of the congested mid-table sprawl of the Premiership, of which Gloucester are the current leaders, we had it here.
However unpopular they may remain in so many quarters – and a failure to sell out a semi-final highlights as much as any salary-cap investigation ongoing issues with their business model – the myth that they play boring rugby was exploded here as it should have been some years ago. Yes, they will treat you somewhat roughly should you venture into their lair, but the sophistication of their attack continues to impress, more so now than even in the era of Schalk Brits, the byword for brilliance where there should be none.Continue reading...