Saracens, led by Neil de Kock, surprised the Ospreys with their 19-10 victory in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Vicarage Road.
This is the first time the London-based club have reached this stage of the tournament, and much thanks can go to captain De Kock. His leadership and experience at scrumhalf has proved invaluable in bringing a hard-nosed edge to Sarries’ play.
Former Springbok prop Cobus Visagie also dominated in the scrums for Saracens, repeatedly getting the right-shoulder against Welsh prop Duncan Jones. De Kock and New Zealand flyhalf Glen Jackson used this platform to dictate play with their clever tactical kicking. Fellow South African Brent Russell had a less productive day however, as he left the field with an injury after 30 minutes.
Russell’s injury was one of many in the Saracens backline, and De Kock showed his commitment to the cause when he played the last 10 minutes of the match on the wing due to the shortage of players.
Saracens will now face Munster in the semi-final in three weeks time.
Toulouse hammered Cardiff Blues 41-17 and will play London Irish in the other semi-final.
By Grant Ball