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Saracens bow a blast for K-bomb

Kieran Longbottom of Saracens. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Kieran Longbottom of Saracens. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Friday, August 22, 2014
3:27 PM

Prop Kieran Longbottom was delighted to have made his Saracens debut as the Londoners beat Ospreys 39-5 in a pre-season friendly at the HAC in the heart of the city.

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Sporting their new black Nike kit, the Sarries scores came from David Strettle, Billy Vunipola, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Spencer and Rhys Gill but it was a first chance to see the new Australian tighthead in action, who who signed from Super Rugby outfit Western Force and joined up with the squad earlier this month.

After a 50 minute run-out Longbottom, 28, told the club’s website: “It was really good to be out there.

“On a personal note, it was great to have played my lungs out a bit, and put a couple of good scrums in out there. I can move forward from here and look to hopefully get better and better.”

It was a first hit-out that Saracens forwards coach Paul Gustard was pleased with, saying: “I thought he did great out there. Kieran has fitted in really well with the squad since the self-proclaimed K-Bomb has come over from the Western Force.

“We’ve got four very good tightheads at the club in Juan Figallo, Petrus Du Plessis and JJ [James Johnston], and hopefully they will strive and push each other. I think Kieran had a very competent debut today.”

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