From tube bits to celebratory trolling, Saracens and Glasgow have suffered a tempestuous relationship last few decades.
Saracens have won the lot – a team bursting with winners and Six Nations champions, fiendishly difficult to subdue. Glasgow yearn to get up there with thembridge the gap out of Pro14 heavy weights to the pantheon of European titans.
Warriors have just defeated Saracens once in 10 efforts since the dawn of pan-European competitions 2 4 decades back, and have never got the better of them south of the boundary. They both contested two thunderously competitive and clearly hot tempered pool matches in 2013, both of them won by the British champions.
They do struggle back on Saturday having somewhere at the Champions Cup semi finals at stake, but what exactly is behind their feisty competition?
The’scuffle at the tube’
Ryan Wilson is Scottish rugby’s windup merchant supreme, a gloriously antagonistic back-row who can cut you down together along with his tongue just as efficiently as his management.
Wilson was at the core of the now-infamous”scuffle at the tube”, the handbags that preceded last season’s Calcutta Cup match in Murrayfield. Footage suggests Wilson was imparting some wisdom to George Ford, when Owen Farrell steamed in to backup his pal, and there followed much grabbing of collars and gnashing of teeth.
There have also been claims the Glasgow back-row, several sheets to the end, booed whenever a British player appeared on screen at World Rugby’s annual awards.
It all made for a hilarious – in case toe-curling – listen when Wilson combined England scrumhalf Danny Care on the BBC Rugby Union Podcast to trailer this season’s Calcutta Cup epic. Underneath the pained chuckling, gritted smiles, and forced use of the word”partner” somewhere in the area of one thousand times every sentence, there is a really concrete kiss smouldering away.
Wilson missed the bonkers draw injury but struck a present clutching the trophy afterwards.
Ropey refereeing in Scotstoun
During the October pool match, Mathieu Raynal and his team of officials made a range of calls that criss the Scotstoun crowd. Alex Lozowski was hauled into touch at the lead-up to Michael Rhodes’ take to. Rhodes grabbed DTH van der Merwe by the hair however was not shown a card. Several over-zealous clear outs – the worst a game-ending bludgeoning of Fraser Brown – travelled . Maro Itoje wreaked merry hell at the breakdown.
Glasgow trainer Dave Rennie took these clips and much more to the contest’s head of referees, Joel Jutge. “I presume Maro Itoje is really a law unto himself, appears to eliminate a fair bit,” he said. “Perhaps they’re somewhat more streetwise in instigating a few of these stuff and we’re punished for it”