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Gallagher Premiership Round 4 Recap: World Class Tries And Young Guns

Gallagher Premiership Round 4 Recap: World Class Tries And Young Guns

Discover the thrilling action in Round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership. There were world-class tries and rising young starts. Here's a recap.

Nov 7, 2023
Gallagher Premiership Round 4 Recap: World Class Tries And Young Guns

From a fully operational Saracens reminding the league why they’re reigning champions to an incredible solo score at the Stoop, Round 4 of the 2023-2024 Gallagher Premiership season offered up a fair serving of excitement and drama across the board.

Here are five of the biggest storylines from Round 4:

Tyrone Green Scores Contender For Try Of The Year

There were plenty of moments for Harlequins fans to celebrate Saturday, as their side picked up a convincing 40-12 win over the struggling Newcastle Falcons.

However, by far, the standout moment was Tyrone Green’s acrobatic finish. It's one of the best tries you’ll see all season, and it came when Harlequins was already up 33-7 with four minutes left on the clock. There was little jeopardy looming, as Marcus Smith shaped to launch a cross-field kick deep in the Falcons 22.

The star fly-half released the kick just before getting tackled and watched from the floor as the ball floated toward the edge of the deadball line. It looked like the kick was slightly over-hit, but Green came flying in like Superman to recover possession.

Inexplicably, the winger managed to catch the ball while flying through the air and quickly dotted it down before coming crashing back down to earth.

Harlequins fans initially were unsure if the try had been scored. It was only after Green’s exploits were replayed on the big screen and a collected gasp rippled across the stadium that Green got his just applause.   

Returning World Cup Stars Rejuvenate Sharks 

Following the deep disappointment of last week’s thumping loss to Exeter, the Sale Sharks returned to their winning ways with a convincing 24-10 victory over Gloucester.

The home side was helped by the arrival of its World Cup stars, including George Ford, who exhibited the composure we’ve come to expect from the England international.

However, in the early exchanges, it was not an international who helped pull Sale clear, but academy product Arron Reed. He scooted over in the corner to claim the opening score, before capitalizing on a Gloucester handling error to run in his second of the evening.

The game peaked when Ben Curry powered over to score in his first appearance for the club in six months, having recovered from a severe hamstring injury he picked up in the Premiership semifinal in May.

The celebrations didn’t stop there, as soon after, Argentine legend Agustín Creevy fired through a gap to score on his debut for the club.

Stacked Saracens Squad Shows Its Class

Over the past month, Saracens has struggled, picking up just one win in three opportunities.

However, now that Saracens has its England players back in camp, the reigning champions look much more like the team that won the league last season. 

And their opening try was the clearest example of this. 

It began with Jamie George peeling from a maul and then passing to Elliot Daly, who offloaded to Owen Farrell. The fly-half then tipped the ball to Ben Earl, who punched a hole through the Leicester Tigers' defense. The back-rower was brought down in the 22, though one phase later, Saracens got its reward. Maro Itoje carried into traffic, before reaching out to score.

During those two phases, the ball had passed through the hands of five England internationals. Their presence continued to be felt throughout the match, as Saracens secured a try bonus point with just over 50 minutes played.

The Tigers did manage to pick up a few consolation tries at the death, but in the end, Saracens was just too strong, the win sending them up to seventh in the table.

Saints Young Gun Shines 

In the first 40 minutes of their meeting, the Northampton Saints and Bath served up a stellar showcase of attacking rugby.

The two sides traded blows systematically, with Tom Pearson and Alex Coles crossing over for the hosts, while Thomas du Toit and Tom de Glanville kept the visitors in the game with two more tries.

The crucial turning point came early in the second half when the young Saints academy graduate, George Hendy, danced through traffic to give his side the upper hand.

The try was his fourth in seven appearances for the club this season and was enough to give Saints a 24-18 win, which moves them up to fifth in the table, a point below Bath.

Lane Hat Trick Not Enough For Bristol At Sandy Park 

Very rarely does a player pick up a hat trick and still end up on the losing side, yet that fate befell Rich Lane, as the Bristol Bears fullback breached the whitewash three times at Sandy Park in a game his side eventually lost 29-20.

What made the hat trick all the more interesting is the almost identical nature of each try. All three came from a Callum Sheedy cross-field kick, which Lane collected to score in the corner.

Despite Lane’s best efforts, Bristol came up short in the face of an imperiously accurate Exeter Chiefs outfit. 

It may not have been the prettiest of performances, but nonetheless, the simple and physical approach Exeter takes once it enters the opposition 22 is reaping the rewards - they now sit top of the table.