Taylor says Saracens can be happy with first pre-season run out after win at Bedford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 August 2018

Saracens' Duncan Taylor (pic: David Davies/PA)

Saracens' Duncan Taylor (pic: David Davies/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Sarries collected a 57-15 victory last Saturday and host Ospreys at the HAC Grounds on Thursday

Saracens centre Duncan Taylor says there were plenty of positives to take from a 57-15 win at Bedford Blues in a pre-season friendly last Saturday.

Sarries kicked off their run of pre-season friendlies by running in 10 tries, including a hat-trick from Sione Vailanu, at the Greene King IPA Championship club.

The north Londoners saw their preparations for the new term step up with their first friendly game after putting in the hard graft in training.

And Taylor says the squad can be happy with the run-out at Bedford, but knows there areas that can be worked on.

“We created a lot of opportunities in the game, especially in the first half, but we didn’t quite convert them,” he told the club website.

“In the second half, we were far more clinical and managed to convert a lot of our opportunities.

“Bedford are a team that will always come at you; they have some unbelievable talent in their side and they always like to run the ball.

“We knew we were going to be tested defensively, but the boys stood up to it the majority of the time. There are still things we need to work on, but for a first hit out, the boys can be pretty proud of themselves. We really took it to Bedford and that was really good to see.”

Saracens round their pre-season campaign on Thursday night when they tackle Guinness Pro14 outfit Ospreys at the HAC Grounds.

The match is the latest in a string of pre-season friendly games that the Allianz Park outfit have taken to the central London location.

And Taylor is looking forward to playing in the venue once again this summer as Sarries build towards the start of the new campaign.

“HAC is always a great venue to play at and playing there is something we always look forward to every year,” added the Scotland international.

“It’s a perfect pitch and Ospreys will provide great opposition as well. We know them well from playing them in European competition in the last couple of years.

“It will be another great game and another great test for us, so it should be a good way to finish pre-season.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 23:26

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been left frustrated after the Gunners conceded two late goals in his sides 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Yesterday, 21:58

Arsenal began their Europa League journey with a dominant 4-2 win over FC Vorskla Poltava on Thursday night.

Yesterday, 21:53

Arsenal hosted Vorskla Poltava in their opening match in Group E of the Europa League at the Emirates on Thursday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Yesterday, 20:02

Middlesex all-rounder James Harris hopes his side can go on and complete victory over Derbyshire on day four of the County Championship Division Two match at Lord’s on Friday.

Yesterday, 17:00

Old Boys won 35-29 at Hendon last weekend

Yesterday, 16:00

Greens lost 3-2 at Harrow Borough in London Senior Cup on Tuesday after beating Poole Town 1-0 in Evo-Stik South Premier South last weekend

Yesterday, 14:00

The England international appears to have recovered from his hamstring injury

Yesterday, 12:00

Greelands Lane club lost at home to UCS Old Boys last weekend


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now