Saracens responded in the first game since Premiership Rugby handed down punishments for salary cap infringements by dispatching Gloucester 21-12 at the Kingsholm in the rain.


After Manu Vunipola slotted an early penalty goal, Saracens never surrendered the lead on the way to a convincing win minus their high profile England stars.

Following the match, assistant coach Alex Sanderson pointed to the scoreboard while Gloucester fans shared their thoughts from the stands.

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“To quote the immortal words of Taylor Swift…” he told BT Sport in the post-match interview when asked about the incident.

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, players gotta play.”

“Not to belittle the scenario, that’s just our mentality. We have got to accept the hate that we are going to receive and we are just going to crack on and play.”


When asked whether he could understand the contempt of the fans Sanderson said he doesn’t think it is justified.

“I don’t think it is justified, I think it is misplaced. That’s my opinion. From the information some people have, they are allowed to have their opinions and they are welcome to them.

“We have used the anger this week to fuel us, but we can’t use that for a full season because it’s negative energy.


Gloucester fans were seen waving £50 notes and wearing hats with -26 emblazoned on it in protest of Saracens’ bending of the salary cap rules that led to a £5m fine and the loss of 35 competition points by PRL, while chants of ‘Same old Sarries always cheating’ rang loud through the air.

“I haven’t read too much in the papers and we can’t control what people are saying, but today I think it’s one of our best wins as I can’t believe how switched on the players were,” Director of Rugby Mark McCall said after the match.

McCall felt his side “took toughness to a whole new level” as he described the Kingsholm crowd as “quite quiet”.

Jim Hamilton discusses Saracens’ salary cap scandal:

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