I am looking forward to Quins “Big Game 7 against Northampton Saints immediately after Christmas. This game provides a great excuse to drag oneself away from the excesses of the festive season and watch some live rugby at a reasonable cost.
However, it is clear from previous such matches that the majority of those present are there for th same reason and not necessarily “real ” rugby fans.So what you might ask, But I see Edward Griffiths, the ever-quotable chief executive of Saracens, has been accusing other Premiership clubs of being “depressingly conservative” in not staging a “Big game” of their own. his own team after all are regular attendees at Wembley, and go here next March to play Quins.
The question he doesn’t ask is whether the loyal fans of the likes of Northampton, Bath and Leicester, really want a “Big Game.And where would they play it? those clubs have taken occasional games to other bigger venues but they’ve done it to accommodate real demand-it was still a rugby crowd, not one forced to endure third-rate entertainment with the game as a sideshow.
When Sarries went on their trip to play Racing Metro in Brussels what longer term good did it do? Perhaps they should concentrate ion filling Allianz Park, something they are having trouble doing now the novelty has worn off.