|European Champions Cup: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors|
|Venue: Allianz Park Date: Saturday, 30th March Kick off: 15:15 GMT|
|Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 5 live Online & Extra; text Comment on BBC Sport website & app|
Ali Price knows that if he lives to be 100 and plays basketball before his dying day he is never likely to undergo a second Test game quite like the howitzer at HQ a 14 days ago.
He might never incorporate at a come back that way again, but the insane Calcutta Cup meeting of Scotland and England will maintain a value within his career forever more. It is going to be with him when Glasgow, that had six men on the field at Twickenham, play Saracens, that had six, at the quarter final of their Champions Cup on Saturday. To put it differently, the moral of this story is that no matter how gloomy things are, never stop trying.
“That’s the lesson – consistently believe,” he states. “Maybe I didn’t believe at half-time daily. I only wanted to crawl into a hole. Honestly, walking to the tube I didn’t know what to do.
“I had been thinking,’We might wind up getting gubbed by 60 here’ and now we must return back up the road and how do you answer that? We are picked to represent our state against England and we’re getting battered.”
‘All of us need to get inside their face and drama’
Yarns that reflected the madcap character of this all. He says that some of the stories from a number of those bars were so fantastic he half-wishes he had been in there together lowering pints along with revelling at the vibe.
He laughs at the Finn Russell stuff Also. When Russell said he’d needed a halftime argument about the match plan with Gregor Townsend, the media latched onto it such as limpets.
“I believed to Finn,’Why did you mention,’argument’?” , also he stated,’It had been the first thing which came out of my mouth’. We didn’t go rogue, we just did every thing better and space unexpectedly appeared.
“This really is something I’ll remember. The very last thing we all said if we ran out for the 2nd half has been,’Look what’s about our chest here, we’re men, we need to get somewhat of pride’. If we had can be found in conceding 50 or even 60 things, we wouldn’t have been in a position to look at ourselves. I don’t know if we had have been let back in the nation.
“There really are a great deal of Saracens boys that were involved because England team. An up-tempo style really stressed . That is how Scotland played that’s how we attempt to play at Glasgow. It shows exactly what may occur to players when they don’t really get the armchair ride.
“I saw characteristics in [England and Saracens flyhalf ] Owen Farrell in that second half I have never seen before in him. He’s an excellent player when he is going forward and also he gets the ball on the string and he is finding holes everywhere. It’s amazing what happens if the momentum is with the other side. That is what we’ll need to do on Saturday. Provide them with no time. Get inside their own face in defence. Pin them back – and play.”
Saracens have won the previous 3 meetings – a quarter final two decades ago and two pool games this season – the very last of them being truly a 38-19 home win at Allianz Park. The match has been much closer than the last score suggests.
“We are closing the gap,” Price says. “This time there is less of this’Oh, we’re going down to play Saracens, a huge, big team’. You can’t respect them as a side because look what they have done, but there’s certainly more belief which we can do something so long as we all play to our skill.”
‘I made it . I awakened my grave’
Price’s industry and threat helped spark the revival at Twickenham and, in some ways, it had been the full stop about what had been the toughest year of his career. Considering losing his way by Glasgow and Scotland – a detour in to the darkness he calls the digging of his own grave – he says he’s spent the past year of his lifetime learning course.
Rugby – no matter how much you feel you’ve cracked it, you can’t have. Confidence – no matter how invincible you believe that you’re, you are susceptible. Adversity – irrespective of how hopeless something looks, there’s always a way of shifting it.
In building up to that which is in the future at Allianz Park from the double-European winners – the reunion with Farrell and chums – it’s as well to go back to the last time Glasgow played with a match of knock out rugby, the semi final of this Pro14 against the Scarlets at Scotstoun last might.
Price was sitting at the back of the stand which day. Perhaps not injured, but chastened. From first-choice with Scotland to third-choice at Glasgow. What exactly was it his trainer Dave Rennie had said about him? “Overweight, heavy, sluggish. He allowed down himself. He also even suffered the results .”