Saracens vs Cardiff Blues match report 27.01.13

Posted on: 09 September 2014

The first professional rugby match to be played on an artificial surface ended fittingly in a victory for Saracens as they notched up another LV= Cup win against Cardiff Blues to put them in a good position to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

In a test match ahead of the official opening of Saracens' new home at Allianz Park, captain Nils Mordt's immaculate kicking ensured that the Men in Black triumphed.

Mordt opened the scoring in front of a restricted crowd of 3,726, most of them Allianz Park season ticket holders who were able to experience the stadium for the first time.

The Saracens captain traded penalties with his opposite number Ceri Sweeney before a Robin Copeland try at the end of the first half gave the Blues an 8-6 lead at half-time.

Indiscipline cost Cardiff after the break, with three players being sin-binned and Mordt taking advantage to slot three more penalties. A late try from James Short sealed the victory for the hosts at their first game at Allianz Park.

Forwards coach Alex Sanderson voiced his satisfaction with the artificial pitch, saying: 'There's been so many games called off this weekend due to bad weather, so we feel quite privileged to have a surface like that that we can get a decent game of rugby on Its also have something that we can use all week, so the quality of training remains very high.

We're confident that it's a better surface than grass because it's got consistency and it drains unbelievably well, and hopefully it'll be a massive home advantage for us, being able to train on that every week.’

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Next game (LV= Cup): Saracens v Worcester Warriors at Sixways, Worcester, at 15:00 on Sunday 2nd February.