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Saracens fan Louise Warr explains why the team - and the fans - have been happy travellers this season
The game against Sale Sharks at Salford City Stadium on Friday night will mark a first for Saracens this season.
It's the first time that they have played at the same ground twice.
That's a pretty remarkable stat considering this game will be the 12th of the campaign.
Much has been made of Saracens and their travels, especially as it has involved giving up home advantage for some vital games.
Out of the 11 games played so far, Sarries have won ten and drawn one, with the loss coming at a very wet Sandy Park against Exeter.
These are not statistics that you would expect for a team who have only played one game at their “home ground”, so how have Saracens managed this?
Saracens are known for loving a big occasion - the premiership’s party crashers - and they have certainly had some big games so far this season, starting with the London Double Header at Twickenham, taking on Leicester Tigers at Wembley plus the Heineken Cup clashes at Murrayfield and Brussels, just to name a few.
Sarries put in very impressive performances against London Irish, Edinburgh and Racing Metro, amassing 105 points and 12 tries, not bad for a team criticised for playing a boring brand of rugby.
In fact, it could be said that two of Saracens' less convincing performances have come at grounds that are very familiar to them: the 9-9 draw against Leicester at Wembley and the 29-24 win over London rivals Wasps at Vicarage Road.
Much has been made of certain aspects of the club such as the wolfpack mentality on the pitch, the way they look after their players off it as well as the many bonding trips that have been well publicised and the emphasis on making memories - all of which I feel have enabled Saracens so well on the road.
However, it was not all plain sailing for the team on their travels.
Ashton’s tangle with Northampton wing, Vasily Artemyev, and the subsequent hostility from the crowd was just one notable example.
It was at these moments that the Saracens ethos came to the fore and in the vast majority of these difficult situations, came out on top.
But what about us fans?
As frustrating as it was to be sat at home watching the game against Racing Metro, I can fully understand why they took the game to Brussels and I for one would much prefer they go out and expand the Saracens brand than to go back to the way the club was as little as five years ago.
Being sat at Vicarage Road for the game against Wasps just reaffirmed why ventures like this take place - little atmosphere, low attendance and just another game that will blend into the background come the end of the season.
The same cannot be said about the game that took place on Friday night.
Sarries took a match that in reality would have one of the lowest attendances of the season, on the road to Goldington Road in Bedford.
Despite only having an attendance of 3,168, there was a real atmosphere about the game and not just because of the score line, something I’m sure that Sarries would love to recreate when they finally have a place of their own.
Whether you love or hate Saracens' adventures on the road, soon they will be a thing of the past when February comes around and Allianz Park becomes home.
Hopefully the team will finish off their road show by showing the rest of Europe that home or away, they are a force to be reckoned with.
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